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Pretty in Lavender by Roksanda Ilincic

July 8, 2011

Will and Kate have landed stateside, y’all! And the Duchess stepped out in a GORGEOUS lavender dress by Roksanda Ilincic. The exact style – called Peridot – can be found online in limited quantities (mostly in blue), but it seems Kate’s version was altered for her taste. What do I mean?

As you can see from the original style, the Peridot dress in lavender came with more of a flesh-toned belt…

Peridot by Roksanda Ilincic $690

Whereas Kate’s version of the dress did not include a belt – no doubt (in my opinion) adapted to meet the Royal Family’s traditional monochromatic dresscode:

Sorry, this is the only picture I have - I grabbed a screen shot as it was happening live!

UPDATE:

We’ve gone back today and checked out some dresses that would be decent alternatives to this dress — since it has apparently sold out at most online outlets and it’s almost $700 USD:

Again, it’s almost impossible to find a perfect match for the dress. BUT there are some options, if you’re willing to sacrifice some of the style or color features. Banana Republic offers the closest match in regards to color, Forever 21 offers the cheapest and sluttiest match (surprise), BCBG has a a very similar dress in brown and Ralph Lauren has a lovely dress in baby blue.

But what struck me from Kate’s first appearance in the US was not her dress – after all, we’ve come to expect the understated elegance and chic sophistication she is known for – but the height and shape of her heels! The girl was ROCKING some nude stilettos – word has it they are NOT from LK Bennett, but I haven’ t been able to ID them just yet. Y’all know I LOVE me some stilettos, so I ran upstairs to take a picture of some of my favorites 🙂

All three pair are from Carlos Santana and were purchased for $89.99 each (marked down from $129.99 each)

I have to give a shout out to Carlos Santana Shoes – they are super sexy, sky high yet RIDICULOUSLY COMFORTABLE. Seriously, ladies – I would not lie to you about shoes! While I don’t yet know the style of Kate’s shoes, I can guarantee they were more than $89.99 (and Carlos Shoes ALWAYS GO ON SALE – DO NOT PAY RETAIL!), so let’s go ahead and chalk these babies up as good “look for less” options 🙂

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. heatherwdavila permalink
    July 8, 2011 7:03 pm

    How much do we love those sky high heels? HRH Duchess Kate is truly embracing the LA way!

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