From chic Zara dresses to royal re-wears, Kate Middleton knows how to make the most of her closet. And although the 37-year-old Duchess of Cambridge rocks couture like a pro, she’s also a venerable expert at dressing up low-cost finds. When she and her husband, Prince William, attended Wimbledon yesterday, she basically taught a master class on how to mix high and low fashion.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in London to watch Switzerland’s Roger Federer face off against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in the Men’s Singles Final. Middleton is patron of the AELTC and, in addition to enjoying her time as a spectator, was tasked with giving both athletes trophies at the game’s close.
To fulfill her patron duties, Middleton wore a now sold-out custom version of the Emilia Wickstead Jordin midi dress. The dress retailed for $1,675 before the Middleton effect took place, but her shoes were of the more affordable variety.
She donned the surprisingly inexpensive ALDO Nicholes suede block heels in bone (seen above, as she hands Federer his runner-up trophy). At just $80, the duchess’s ankle-strap heels with a pointed toe were a beautiful complement to her blue sundress. Thanks to the four-inch block heel, the shoes are much easier to stand in (and dole out awards with) than a standard stiletto. Middleton typically opts for wedges—her go-tos are Castañer and Stuart Weitzman—for summer events, but we hope to see her rock these trendy heels more often.
In addition to her ALDO heels, Middleton accessorized with In2Design pearl drop baroque earrings ($152), a Ballon Bleu de Cartier stainless steel watch ($5,750) and Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses ($153).
We’d definitely call this a winning combination.