Fans of royal fashion love the grandeur of it all. Who else but a future queen could step out of a car, like Kate Middleton did earlier this year, wearing a crown? Such royal pageantry has a quality that’s at once old-world and out of this world. Yet slowly, the globe’s most stylish royals have also begun wearing fashion that’s more down-to-earth. In fact, some of today’s most-watched Duchesses and Princesses have been gravitating toward very affordable pieces. In honor of the rising trend, Vogue is looking at three particularly well-dressed royals who made the case for accessible dressing this year—and in so doing provided us commoners with some great fashion inspiration.
The Duchess of Sussex has become synonymous with a casual-cool style that’s all about easy wearability. This year, her choice of affordable pieces really ran the gamut: She wore everything from a Madewell denim jacket (under $150) to a chic, expensive-looking Everlane black jumpsuit ($120). In the summer, she was also spotted in a Reformation jumpsuit for under $200, proving refined style doesn’t always require a splurge.
The Duchess of Cambridge is known for effortless polish: There isn’t an outing where she doesn’t look perfectly put together, whether it’s for a casual appearance or an evening gala. Still, her refined aesthetic had its budget-friendly moments. When she wore a floral Michael Kors belted shirtdress in September, the garment instantly sold out across many retailers. Luckily, the label has brought it back (it’s $175). The Duchess has also worn a J.Crew mock-neck sweater that is still stocked for $89, as well as a classic espadrille wedge by Castaner.
$175.00, LORD AND TAYLOR
Queen Letizia of Spain
Queen Letizia of Spain has long promoted accessible dressing. For the past few years, she has favored designs by the Spanish fast-fashion label Zara, wearing its pieces to galas and more casual meetings. Back in January, she participated in the hottest skirt trend of the season—snakeskin—with a Zara style that retails for less than $20. A month later, she wore a leather shirt dress that was just as trendy by & Other Stories ($449—a tad pricy, but relatively affordable for leather). This summer, she switched back to Zara with a checkered dress under $130.
$449.00, & OTHER STORIES
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