Kate Middleton Style Watch

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Pictured: Ingenue’s replica of Kate’s engagement dress is spot on

As the date for the Royal Wedding draws closer, retailers have come up with some stunning replicas of Kate Middleton’s blue surplus bodice Issa dress for a fraction of its designer price.  Naturally, I’ve been watching the crop of knock-offs with intense interest. The best looking one that I’ve seen is from UK retailer Ingenue , a small fashion label, called the ‘Pepita  dress.The dress is currently on sale at website for  €89.99. Both ChicaBoutique and Ingenue London will ship the dress to the UK, Ireland and rest of the world. Another replica of the dress, but much shorter in length and a bit tarty, is being sold at retailer Lipsy.  Lipsy’s panelled dress is available for 45 GPB, and ties in the back.  These dresses are selling like hotcakes.  

Pictured: Max Studio dress at Marshall’s is a close match to Kate’s Issa. (screenshot from

If you’re in the US, try looking at Marshall’s for a $29.99 Max Studio dress that closely resembles Kate’s sapphire blue Issa.  I’m on the lookout for this dress, if any of you see it at your local Marshall’s please leave a comment.  The Nanette dresss that Kate wore in her engagement photos from Reiss, was reissued and sold out in a nano-second.

My final Kate Middleton style tip is a replica of her engagement ring being sold on the Home Shopping Network for $29.95. This was Princess Diana’s engagement ring and HSN has done a very respectable reproduction of it. If you can’t afford diamonds and sapphires, there’s nothing like some good looking CZ and simulated sapphire.   Kohl’s also has a similar ring on sale for $22.00, but I haven’t been able to find it on their site.


Since 2008, Mary Hall has been the author of The Recessionista Blog, which is read by thousands of regular readers in over 160 countries. An internationally recognized expert on the art of the living the good life for less, she has been a commentator on local, national, and international radio and TV shows. Her advice has been featured in over 2,000 media outlets, including The New York Times, Reuters, Life & Style magazine, ABC News, NBC News and now The Huffington Post, among many others.

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