You, too, can dress like a princess. That’s the signal the Duchess of Cambridge was sending out when she paired her $615 go-to navy Smythe blazer with Gap pants that you can buy for $25. The most recent notable Kate-worthy fashion statement came while the Duchess was visiting the Eden Project in Cornwall, England with Prince William on Friday.
The snazzy blue Ikat pants on sale marked down from $70 were long gone from the Gap website by the time news circulated that Duchess Kate sported them. However, as of this writing, the Bi-Stretch Skinny Ankle Pant was still available in other colors and prints.
The mother of George, 3, and Charlotte, 16 months, completed her look with a nude clutch and matching wedges.
Middleton, 34, is known for her thrifty way of mixing high and low price points and repeating outfits. With her outing to the eco-tourism attraction, she may have given fashionistas their best chance yet to replicate her preppy style without emptying their wallets.
The trousers are a blend of 95 percent cotton and 5 percent spandex in a skinny profile that hits at the ankle. The Bi-Stretch Skinny Pant features angled and zippered front welt pockets, rear welt pockets and a zip front.
The basic Gap style for the Gap is made by women who are part of Gap’s P.A.C.E. program, which benefits women who make Gap products in 7 countries around the world. Gap describes the effort as an “education program that gives women the skills and confidence to change their lives.”
Kate’s Smythe One Button Blazer does not fall in the category of pieces that every woman can afford, but the wool jackets is available on Shopbop if you want to dig into your savings and spend $595. The jacket is 100 percent wool and features fitted design, notched lapels, a welt pocket at the bust and two patch pockets at the hips.
Prince William, who toured the facilities with Kate, looked dapper in his own navy blazer, paired with khaki pants and lace-up suede dress shoes. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge frequently make appearances wearing matching blue blazers, and on this occasion they did not disappoint.
Rainy weather washed out their plans to visit the Scilly Isles, so the royal couple enjoyed the day visiting the largest indoor rainforest in the world. They toured the glass-covered greenhouses and gardens of Eden Project’s Rainforest Biome, which features plants from Mediterranean climates around the world. They had the opportunity to meet a “baby dinosaur.” This one was hatched as the Eden Project’s “Dinosaur Uprising”.
The Duke and Duchess kicked off September with their two-day mini-tour of Cornwall and plan to head to Canada for an eight-day tour later this month.