Now that Prince William has finally announced his major engagement news—there will be a royal wedding sometime next year in spring or summer—and Kate Middleton is happily flaunting Princess Diana's 18-carat white gold blue sapphire engagement ring, every girl is going to want to be just like the poised and perfect soon-to-be-princess.
Here are a few fashion tips you might want to keep in mind if you want to be stylishly great like Kate!
There's a reason Brazilian designer Daniella Issa Helayel created Middleton's royal blue outfit for yesterday's photo call (the one that matched the sapphire engagement ring she wore on her finger.) She's Middleton's favorite dressmaker. She's also the favorite to design Middleton's wedding gown for next year's royal affair.
The Issa fashion label was launched in 2001. Helayel is currently based in West London and makes dresses for the stylish classic Middleton under this label. Middleton, having worn a number of Issa dresses (some given to her for free) is a huge fan of the brand for its clingy silk jersey fabrics that don't reveal too much while still maintaining its stylishly sexy appeal.
The dress that Middleton worse at the photo call is not overly pricey and is available for £399 in Harrods, Harvey, Harvey Nichols, Fenwick, and Matches department stores.
Flaunt Playful Hats
We don't see this so often in America, except for the Kentucky Derby, a socialite party, or on the head of Kim Kardashian in a typical stroll through New York City, but Middleton is quite fond of her whimsical hats, choosing to show off her higher social status in this way.
She has many feathered hats, which she's worn to many weddings since being photographed in a feather hat in 2006, similar to one that Princess Diana wore in 1981. She also likes to match her hats (which are befitting of English countryside) to bright colored dresses.
Sport Lots of Accessories
Besides the hats, Middleton likes quite a lot of cool accessories to really add punch to her wardrobe. After all, a former assistant accessories buyer for British fashion chain Jigsaw, should know which garnishes really make the outfit.
Other additions include colorful scarves, thick belts, black clutches for black-tie affairs, and long necklaces to throw in some elegance even when casual.
Katherine Hooker For Outerwear
When Kate was younger, she was much more playful with her fashion. Now that she's an older and wiser 28, she's very into colors as long as part of tailored coats and jackets. Katherine Hooker is Kate's go-to and has been a major part of Kate's standard structured wardrobe since the two met in 2005. Hooker's clothes are available on Fulham High Street in the UK.
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