It’s been a while! Day job work, royal writing, and family are keeping me busy, but I’m back with a new post. Now that the weather has finally warmed up, the flowers are blooming, and spring events are filling up the calendar, many of us are looking for the perfect go-to dress. You know, that dress that can take you from a bridal shower to a Mother’s Day brunch to a christening or birthday party.
I’m a busy mom and admittedly, also kind of a klutz, so I don’t want to spend $100+ on a casual dress that is likely to get stained or messed up somehow. I also tend to wear ballet flats or flip flops 99% of the time, so I’m not going to spend money on heels that I just won’t wear. When there’s a slightly dressier occasion my go-to shoe is a cute wedge so I can actually walk and look dressed up at the same time.
I found a few affordable pieces lately (both royally-inspired and not) that saw me through several events feeling both stylish and comfortable … without spending loads of money.
Old Navy Wedges
Good old Facebook ads! These espadrille wedges popped up constantly in my feed and they look just like the black Castañer pair Meghan wore on the Australia tour last year … except with a 40% off code they came down to only $23 vs. $120 for Meg’s.
I’m not going to lie, I had low expectations for these since I’m picky about shoes and rarely buy cheap ones, but they turned out to be surprisingly comfy. An added bonus: the faux suede material is rain and dirt repellant. I recommend going down a half size in these and I’m glad I listened to reviews because my usual size would have been too big.
They also come in chambray and red, which I’m resisting ordering …
Old Navy Polka dot Dress
Like Meghan and Kate, I’m a sucker for polka dots. When I was buying the wedges this dress came up as a suggested item, and since it was less than $20 on sale it was a no brainer for my spring wardrobe.
It’s very flattering with a stretchy elastic waist and swingy skirt, and the short flutter sleeves add some modesty. The length hits right above the knee on me, and the v-neck isn’t too low-cut so it would be great for those ladies who work in an office or to wear to a church event like a baptism. It also comes in a white with black dot print (very Kate!) or a yellow floral.
My friend had a small courthouse wedding this week and my new dress – along with the wedges – worked perfectly for the event. You can’t see them in the photo, but I paired the outfit with the Azuni “Kate” drop earrings as worn by (of course) the Duchess of Cambridge. She owns the blue pair but I wanted a go-with-everything black onyx instead. You can find a few colors of the earrings on Amazon, too – I love the pink ones.
Amazon Floral dress
Being relatively petite, it’s hard for me to find a maxi dress that doesn’t need to be hemmed. It’s also hard to find a maxi dress that isn’t sleeveless. After seeing reviews in a Facebook group about this floral maxi and how it was a great length for shorter women, I figured I’d give it a go.
I’m happy to report this one really is the perfect length for me (no hemming required) and the fabric is super soft. It basically feels like wearing pajamas! I wore it to afternoon tea with a friend and felt pulled together but casual at the same time. I also wore my new Le Specs Halfmoon Magic shades, which I highly recommend and aren’t as big as Meghan’s.
The dress comes in 13 different colors and different floral patterns so you’re sure to find one that works for you. Again, this is quite a modest dress with its 3/4 sleeves and maxi length, plus the wrap isn’t very revealing, so it would be perfect for church. Many of the reviews said it was wonderful for nursing moms or for a maternity dress so if you’re having your own royal baby watch you might want to check this one out, too.
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