Happy November! October was a crazy busy royal month with Harry and Meghan’s big tour, Princess Eugenie’s wedding, several new events for Kate … and I’m just back from a trip to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. I’m tired just thinking about October, but it sure was interesting!
I also announced some big news on my social media: I’m starting a podcast!
I’ll be co-hosting the We’ll Never Be Royal Podcast with my friend Jules (@jules_the_duchessofbudget on Instagram). After listening to other royal podcasts we feel there’s a gap in the market for people who want royal style advice – especially budget style – and not just recaps of the latest royal news. We’re also going to offer lifestyle content, so if you want tips for traveling to London, or where to shop for the best British-themed home products, you’ll find that on the podcast as well.
We recorded the first episode last night and will be working to get that edited and out within the next week or so – stay tuned! In the meantime, follow our Instagram at @neverberoyalspodcast.
Let’s get to this month’s style report:
Meghan’s J.Crew Australia Tour Booties
This was my one purchase from the Sussexes tour of Australia/Fiji/Tonga/New Zealand. Actually, I did order Meghan’s Rothy’s flats, but returned them because they were too big and just not comfortable for me. In any case, I really love these J.Crew booties! They sold out within hours, but I found some affordable alternatives for you:
- Black booties from H&M ($39.99)
- Madden Girl Aaden block heel booties from Macy’s ($69)
- Faux suede slim calf block heel boots from Old Navy (on sale for $40, plus extra 30% off taken at checkout through 11/2 making them $28)
Replikate Green Sweaters
Kate wore a very cozy-looking green sweater (now sold out) from the Swedish brand Fjallraven for her return to royal duties in early October. For me, $150 for a plain, basic wool sweater is too much. I set out to find a copy, which wasn’t hard to do.
- The Teddie Sweater at J. Crew Factory in heather olive ($42.50 but check for promo codes)
- Classic cashmere crewneck from LL Bean in dusty olive heather ($99 but currently 25% off at $74.25)
- Crewneck pullover sweater from GAP in olive ($49.95 plus get 40% off with code FFTIME through Nov 6!)
Talbots Corgi Sweater
Although this isn’t technically a royal look, I think most of us who follow royal style love London and anything with a Union Jack. Talbots recently released a London collection and I tried on a ton of items in store a few weeks ago. I’ve actually never shopped at Talbots before. To be totally honest, I thought of it as an older woman’s store. But I have to say I found some great stuff and will check them out in the future!
I went home with this adorable corgi sweater. It’s normally priced at $79.50, but I used a coupon and got it for $59.50. I do recommend sizing down as I’m normally a small and had to get a XS.
Since Black Friday is around the corner I’ll wait until then to grab the London guards sweater. This one will be really cute for Christmas!
I attended Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party last week and of course, I wanted to dress like a Disney princess. Around the same time I was looking for a costume, I was also on the hunt for a yellow dress like Kate’s 2018 Wimbledon look. This yellow dress popped up on Amazon and instantly I knew what my Halloween costume would be – Belle! I wore my dress with a red petticoat underneath, a super affordable red rose fascinator, and yellow ballet flats. Everything is from Amazon and the total outfit from top to bottom (minus my Belle book purse!) cost under $80.
The dress is such a nice quality and I love the vintage feel. I would definitely recommend wearing it with a petticoat if you want the fuller skirt look like in my photo. Disneybounding (dressing like a Disney character using regular, non-costume clothing) is so fun and I try to put together a new look every time we go to the parks.
Red Alexander McQueen Replikate
A T.J. Maxx ad for this Donna Morgan dress popped up on my Facebook and I swear they know I’m always looking for replikates. Which is kind of creepy! Anyway, the shape of this dress is one Kate wears often, but it reminded me of the red McQueen she wore to the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant back in 2012. I don’t look great in red so I won’t be purchasing, but this would be a fantastic work dress for those of you who can rock this color! Let’s focus on the $39.99 price tag and ignore that it’s too big on the model (what’s up with that, T.J. Maxx?).
Style of the Month
When the first family photos with Prince George were released Kate was wearing a fuschia knot front dress from the maternity brand Seraphine. I really liked it, but I wasn’t pregnant anymore and thought there was no way I was fitting into a maternity dress. Then I saw a bunch of women I knew (who definitely were not pregnant) wearing this dress. It took five years but I broke down and bought one on Poshmark when I saw someone selling the dress for under $20 (it retails for $89!).
Pregnant or not, you should definitely buy this! The dress is so comfortable, stretchy, and flattering, and can be dressed up or down. It comes in plenty of other colors and patterns if you’re not a bright pink kind of girl. I’ll be purchasing it in blue or green next – but I’ll be on the hunt for one on eBay or Poshmark again. Kate also wore the dress in a lavender floral pattern, as you can see some of the ladies in the collage below wearing.
Thank you to the beautiful women who participated in this month’s collage – and special congrats to Steph and Adeline who both gave birth to baby girls recently, and Maddie who had a boy!
That’s it for the October roundup – there will be lots of fun posts ahead for November, including the start of my royal gift guides!
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