Kate Middleton and Prince William Choose Stylish but Affordable Labels for Engagement Portraits

December 13, 2010 • Celebrity Style, Fashion

Kate Middleton's dress from reiss (right) and blouse from Whistles

It was really only a matter of time. Royal fiancee and the hottest 'It' girl du jour, Kate Middleton, is already being compared to our stately American First Lady, Michelle Obama. Granted, Middleton has yet to have an official title herself, but fashion reporters are already drawing parallels between the young Brit and the First Lady's sense of style. The regal Mrs. Obama grabbed headlines and admirers alike when she stepped out during the Obama campaign in mainstream labels like J. Crew and H&M. Now, Middleton seems to be following her lead as a 'Woman of the People' by choosing modestly priced labels for her official engagement portraits with Prince William.

Kate Middleton reportedly wore a cream dress by British label Reiss in one of the portraits, taken at St. James’s Palace, the official headquarters of the British monarchy and right down the road from Buckingham Palace. The Daily Mail claimed the Reiss dress cost £159, or about $250, and reports it was part of the last fall collection. For the other shot, which features her sapphire engagement ring on William's chest, Middleton wore an embroidered blouse from British retailer Whistles that costs £95, or about $150, and was still available in the store as late as yesterday.

Members of the press have been approving the thriftier choices the potential royals-to-be are taking, claiming it will help their standing against the demographic of British citizens who are not caught up in the hype of the wedding and do not want their tax dollars paying for it. Prince William and Middleton have said on numerous occasions so far that they want their wedding to be modest.

-Alia Rajput

Article Source: Daily Mail, NY Mag, WWD

Photo Source: NY Mag

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