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Welcome to this week’s edition of stars: they’re just like us. Except in this case, they’re not stars, they’re royals, and instead of being like us, we can be like them. Do you follow? Let me break it down. Kate Middleton’s monochromatic look should serve as your royal inspiration this week (and probably next week too) because it’s actually quite easy to copy – and you already know that imitation is the highest form of flattery.
With an incredibly busy social schedule, the Duchess of Cambridge is always dressed in the nine – this translates into a wardrobe of formal looks that are elegant, but hard to replicate. However, once in a while, Kate Middleton will wear something that falls into the realm of a non-royal closet. For example, last week the Duchess wore the ultimate minimalist look for summer, which included a $69 blazer from Zara. Her blazer was white but you should probably look for one in a bright color too because Kate Middleton just gave us an extra dose of sartorial inspiration in her monochrome blue look.
The Duchess of Cambridge combined several shades of blue for the Windsor Order of Service Garter today at St George’s Chapel. Her look included a long-sleeved blue midi dress that had a strong jacket-like structure. Her accessories steadily increased in saturation with a slightly darker hat and jewels of blue gemstones and diamonds of G. Collins & Sons. She completed her look with a pair of bright blue jeweled heels by Aquazzura.
Although I don’t think Kate Middleton attended any fashion week shows last season, she is on trend by going monochrome. She may have noticed how popular the look is on Zara’s site when she picked up her white blazer. Picking a singular color and building an entire outfit around it comes down to two schools of thought when it comes to dressing. The first is the dopamine dressing – wearing layers and layers of bright colors is a guaranteed mood-lifting formula, especially when working with a bright summer color.
The second school of thought (and the one Kate Middleton already knows) is minimalism. Since each blue piece complements each other, the final look is sleek, cohesive, and structured. If a business dress isn’t your style, you can achieve the same impact by wearing a comfortable matching ensemble. The monochromatic trend is for people who want the best of minimalist and colorful fashion worlds.
If you’re itching to get the Kate Middleton look, I recommend getting a monochrome suit. You’ll feel great (and get plenty of compliments) when you wear the suit pieces together for a statement look, but you can also use the blazer and pants as separate pieces to complement the rest of your wardrobe.
Oversized Suit Blazer
This bright blue suit from Mango has the same punchy impact as Kate Middleton’s blue suit dress. Blue is also a great color to invest in as it works just as well in winter as it does in summer. Pair this blazer with the matching pants.
Love Link Sling 105
You can literally put yourself in Kate Middleton’s shoes with this pair of blue pumps from Aquazzura. Strappy heels are definitely a splurge but would be an amazing purchase for a special occasion.