Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Peplums, Accessories and Teal

As part of the Diamond Jubilee tour, Kate stepped out in Leicester looking very ladylike in a teal ensemble and made everyone green with envy. The outfit consisted of LK Bennett's Jude jacket worn over LK Bennett's knee-length Davina dress, accessorised with a James Lock hat and simple black heels and matching clutch.

The outfit epitomised elegance and was bang on trend; any fashionista worth their salt will tell you the peplum is in this season. The teal colour complimented Kate's warm skin tone and added to the 1940s feel of the whole outfit, while the flared jacket was accentuated with a thick black belt with a gold buckle.

So, let's get down to business, the LK Bennett pieces are no longer available on the brand's website, but  you can pick up the teal jacket on www.johnlewis.com - it's on sale for a purse-friendly £145 (Kate originally bought hers for £295) - and the dress in a variety of colours is also available. However, if you don't want to copy Kate's outfit but just want to emulate her chic style, why not invest in a couple of jackets similar to the one Kate wore but with a few minor differences?

This Hobbs jacket is a fraction of the price (£47) of the LK Bennett design but very similar in style, and it's also available in sizes 6 - 16.You can team the lovely Wyldes jacket with the Hobbs Poet Cross Back Dress, priced at £99. With this ensemble, because of the buttons, you won't need a belt like Kate's outfit, saving you some pennies.Both these pieces can also be worn separately, making then a real steal.

I would recommend playing your look a bit differently to Kate by investing in a luxury handbag like the Agatha Cross body bag from Smythson. It's very in keeping with the 1940s feel of the outfit, but it is also extremely versatile. Plus, most women need a bigger bag than a clutch in their day-to-day goings on.

The fashion editor at Red , Laura, recently said: 'Serious bag are investment buys. They’re better made and last longer – one of the things you’re paying for is the shelf life. And you know you can always take it back to the boutique to get even the smallest thing put right? It takes a while but they’ll give it back to you in perfect condition.' and I couldn't agree more.

Now, to finish your look off, you need the perfect pair of shoes. These New Look shoes would really complete the outfit and they only cost £24.99. I love the scalloped edge leather cut out!

Happy shopping!
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