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High st replicas of Kate Middleton’s Issa “Engagement dress”

24 November 2010 One Comment

Retailers across the world have been rapidly producing their “tribute” copies of Kate Middleton’s gorgeous blue silk wrap dress.

When Kate Middleton wore a stunning blue silk dress from London-based Brazilian designer Issa, it became an iconic outfit instantaneously. Despite costing a spenny £385, it was reported that online retailer Matches.com had completely sold out of the dresses within 12 hours of Kate and William’s engagement interview going to air.

So where can we get a dress like Miss Middleton’s on a unashamedly commoner’s budget?

British Readers have got a few options, but they’ll have to move fast if they’re to bag a “Kate” themselves:

First up is Coast – my high st staple for all terribly posh functions like Weddings, Christenings, Ascot and dates with Harry Wales.

Cheap copies of Kate Middleton's Issa dress - Coast McQueen

Coast's version of Kate's engagement dress

This dress has the same lovely glossiness of the Issa dress and at just 125 pounds, it’s an awful lot cheaper.

It’s modest around the bust to keep the Queen happy (must be why it’s called McQueen), but cinches in at the waist to add a bit of sexiness.

High st copy of Royal Engagement dress

Chicaboutiqueonline.com's Pepita dress - Waiting list is available

The second and more convincing copy is Chica Online’s Pepita dress in Navy.  They’re out of stock currently, but you can email info@chicaboutiqueonline.com to be added to the waiting list. It costs 99 Euros or 85 pounds.

Certainly in this photo is looks like a great imitation. It looks glossy without being shiny, the colour is the perfect match to Kate’s real thing, plus it’s really good value.

Finally, and the cheapest option, Tesco’s Florence and Fred 16 pound replica. This is currently sold out, but check out ebay or selected Tesco stores and you’ve still got a chance to snap one of these up.

Kate Engagement dress Tesco replica

Tesco's 16 pound replica dress

The Tesco dress might look much cheaper than the other options, but then it is. On the plus side, it wouldn’t need to be ironed, and even if you only wore it for Princess Kate role play, it would still be worth the money.

American readers or those who are happy to splash out on postage, you can get your own Royal Engagement dress too. Check out this delectable number from US High st retailer Anthropology.

Network dress from Anthropologie

Anthropologie Network dress $138USD

Whilst this dress doesn’t have the glossiness of the UK dresses, it has a certain understated, I-can-look-like-Kate-Middleton-without-trying sort of appeal. It’s a little bit more expensive – $138USD – but it’s got some great reviews from the girls who have already bought it.

Last but not least, Australia’s high st has its own Kate replica,  New Idea magazine nominated Leona Edmiston’s Hannah dress as the best imitation currently on the market.

Leona Edmiston lookalike dress to Royal Engagement dress

Australia's High St Lookalike

It’s $335 AUD and is available now, plus you won’t be surrounded by 500 girls on the bus wearing exactly the same dress, which is what you know must be happening in England right now.

Well I’m off to slip on some black court shoes, don a brown wig and pose round the house like a Princess (let’s hope my wife doesn’t come back from work early) – I hope you girls found the article useful!

If you’re getting married yourself, Issa has a great value wedding dress range. The best of which are showcased on Mr and Mrs Wales sister site’s – The Chief Bridesmaid. Some of the Issa bridal gowns start at just over 400 pounds.  Amazing value.

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