Duchess-Inspired Style: Get the Look with Tips from Our Fashion Director

It’s no secret that the Duchess of Cambridge has some serious style. But her put-together polish isn’t just reserved for royals. Here, our fashion director shows us how to recreate Kate Middleton’s refined look in three easy steps.


  1. Start with a fitted sheath in a neutral or pastel hue.
  2. Keep accessories minimal. A simple box clutch and diamond studs will do the trick.
  3. Step into a pair of nude patent heels to tie everything together (the Duchess swears by them).

Our L.K.Bennett Boutique opens Friday, April 11, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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April 11, 2014

Our Fashion Director on “The Olivia Effect”

By Jackie Nasser, Rue La La Fashion Director

First we had Michelle Obama, who put homegrown designers like Jason Wu and Thakoon on the map. Then we had Kate Middleton, who created international pandemonium when everything she wore – from her royal blue Issa engagement dress to her polka dot Topshop maternity dress – sold out in seconds. She even made the seemingly impossible happen: nude panty-hose sales, once a granny staple, rose 500% after she and sister Pippa dared to cover their bare legs. This fashion revolution was instantly known as “The Kate Effect.”

Now we have a new fashionista to follow – and she isn’t a princess or First Lady. She’s Olivia Pope, a political “fixer” on the hit ABC show Scandal.


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October 24, 2013

Make It Yours: The Kate Middleton Look

Today is the Duchess' birthday! Now give her the gift of flattery

If we talked back in 2003, I would have assured you that no celebrity on the planet was, nor ever would be, capable of getting between me and my collective girl-crush on Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.

But that was before Kate Middleton scored the sapphire engagement ring. And before Kate Middleton had that wedding. And before Kate Middleton took to enjoying long walks in pastoral fields wearing perfectly oversized sweaters and wellies.

Next best thing to being Kate? Dressing like her, obviously. Proving to the world that bold brights are best, that sacrificing shape is silly, and that, no, nude shoes do not make a girl look barefoot, she’s become a fashion icon in her own right – with less than two years as Duchess behind her. And now, using our Make It Your Own: The Duchess’ Style Boutique (consider it a birthday tribute; she’s 31 today) – Kate’s look can be yours.

Get the Look: Kate Middleton

Our Make It Your Own: The Duchess’ Style Boutique opens Wednesday, January 9, at 11AM ET.

By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer

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January 9, 2013