With all eyes on you at all times, it must be daunting thinking about what to step out in as a royal. Luckily for the Duchesses, they’re known for their impeccable ensembles – but just how do they influence fashion?
On April 29, 2011, a huge number of us tuned in to watch Kate Middleton marry Prince William at Westminster Abbey in London. While Prince William proudly wore his military uniform for the ceremony, Kate Middleton was nothing short of beautiful in her Alexander McQueen creation. Since their nuptials, the stunning wedding gown has inspired huge amounts of copycats all over the globe.
The Duchess of Cambridge has also hit the headlines in a number of ‘who wore it best?’ contests. Not only has she been seen wearing the same dress as Sex in the City icon, Sarah Jessica Parker, she has also gone up against Bee Shaffer, the daughter of fashion royalty and US Vogue Editor, Anna Wintour.
It’s not all glitz and glam when it comes to Kate Middleton, however. Praised for her laid-back, low-key looks, you’ll often find the very elegant Kate in comfortable trousers, a shirt and flat shoes. Showing us that it is possible to be cosy and chic at the same time, her fashion choices influence many others by confirming that it’s okay to go for a more casual look and still look fabulous. You can achieve her style by investing in a fitted pair of jeans, smart blouse, perfect everyday Radley bag and boots.
Another stylish royal, the Duchess of Sussex’s style is often discussed online and in the news, with many tuning into hers and Prince Harry’s wedding just to catch a glimpse of her dress. By choosing British designer Claire Waight Keller to make her gorgeous gown, not only did Meghan Markle pay tribute to her new country, but she also influenced many replicas that are now available for brides to be!
While both her and Kate Middleton are renowned for starting trends and causing items to sell out, according to Lyst, Meghan has almost double as much fashion influence as Kate does. On average, Meghan Markle’s fashion choices lead to a 216% increase in online demand over the week following a public appearance.
No matter where they are going, or what event they attend, they always look fantastic – and many of us can agree that we’re caught up in this royal fashion obsession.