Kate Middleton is a fashion icon, with everything she wears quickly falling into vogue due to what is known as the “Kate Effect,” but she has no problem using inexpensive high street brands, as her favorite repeat summery and inexpensive wedge shoes show
Kate Middleton is well known for using both low-end and high-end fashion pieces and accessories, and as soon as she dons a particular style of clothing, it is generally acknowledged to sell out quite quickly afterward and inspire other knock-offs. While the “Kate Effect” may seem like a good thing for most companies, occasionally it has a bad effect, as Vanity Fair report.
One example of the devotion that Kate Middleton’s followers have for her taste in clothes occurred right after Kate publicly acknowledged her engagement to Prince William in 2010. She delivered her message wearing a bold blue Issa dress, and that dress was completely sold out within five minutes of her engagement announcement. While sales are generally a good thing, in this particular case, it spelled trouble for the company, as it was impossible for the production side of their business to keep up with the wild demand for this dress.
Daniella Helayel, the head designer for Issa, explained that her company was swamped with orders for the famous blue dress that Kate Middleton wore when she announced her engagement.
“That morning I’d gone to yoga as usual, and then I got a call from a friend telling me about the royal engagement. It was all very exciting. We didn’t have a TV at the studio, and this was pre-Instagram, but we soon knew Kate was wearing Issa because at four o’clock the phones began ringing and didn’t stop. It was bonkers.”
Generally, things are quite good for companies that have the endorsement of Kate Middleton. One thing that Kate loyalists will also notice is that she has a tendency to wear things more than once if she truly fancies them. There is one particular inexpensive Monsoon wedge shoe that she has worn on numerous occasions, which is one of those repeat items, and Kate Middleton fans were delighted to discover that these shoes were still on the market despite repeat use by Kate.
For today's tea party at Buckingham Palace, Kate recycled her cream See by Chloe dress. Kate first wore it on tour in Canada last year. Like in Canada she paired it with a Acne Studios Leather Waist Belt and her trusty Monsoon Fleur Wedges again. It's funny that she chose this outfit since the two events were very similar. #katemiddleton #katemiddletonlook #katemiddletonstyle #whatkatewore #katemiddletonstyle #duchesskate #duchessofcambridge #duchesscatherine
Kate Middleton has been spotted wearing her favorite wedge shoes at a tea party at Buckingham Palace in May, where she matched her shoes with a cream-colored Chloe dress. Approximately 850 children were invited to this tea party, which was held to show respect and gratitude to those who died while they were serving in the Armed Forces. Prince Harry gave a speech, thanking the Armed Forces for their service during this tea party, as Footwear News reported.
“We’re here to celebrate you and to remind you, that we as a family, we as a nation, and we up and down the country will never, ever ever forget about the sacrifices that every single one of you have made.”
Keen observers may have also noticed that Kate wore this same ensemble, including the wedge shoes, when she and William toured Canada in 2016, which means that the shoes must be a firm favorite of Kate’s to have kept them around over the past year.
On another occasion, when she and Prince William made a visit to Cornwall, she wore these wedge shoes with a pink Lela Rose dress, as the Mirror reported, and Kate also sported the same pair of shoes when she and William embarked on their royal tour of Bhutan and India in 2016. In fact, Kate Middleton even found the shoes comfortable enough that she wore them to a cricket match in India.
Are you a fan of Kate Middleton’s fashion choices, and what do you think of her favorite wedge shoes?
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