Well, I just couldn't help myself from putting together one more look inspired by Kate Middleton before the royal wedding on Friday. These two outfits seemed similar to me and taking bits and pieces from both of them resulted in a very demure but interesting garden party or wedding guest outfit. See my first Kate Middleton post here for more "soon-to-be-royal" fashion inspiration.
The three elements I wanted to pursue in this look were 1) using navy to accesorize a periwinkle or light blue look, 2) mixing in an unexpected floral pattern and 3) utilizing a clutch for a daytime look. Here is what I can up with: Click on the image for a larger and more detailed view.
Dress: Jessica Simpson, Jersey Shirred Dress Night Shadow Crepe Jersey, $128
Jacket: Anthropologie, Cropped Wisley Blazer, $118
Hat: (Optional) ModCloth, Ophelie Hats, “Up the Antique”, $107.99 (Currently sold out but restocking.)
Clutch: Jessica McClintock Large Rectangle Navy Clutch, $21 via Designer Imports.com
Shoes: Target, Mossimo Pearce Pump in Navy Patent, $29.99
Total: $296.99 (without hat) $404.98 (with hat)
This jersey dress from Jessica Simpson reminds me of Kate's general style. She likes comfortable but structured jersey dresses with some lovely drape to them. This one happens to be in a periwinkle color like inspiration outfit #1 above. Since it has no sleeves, I wanted to use a blazer and found this one that coordinates color-wise but has a unique floral pattern.
Then I added in a basic navy pump and clutch. Both of these are inexpensive items because the two main pieces were over $100. The clutch had to be kept simple and elegant and not be too shiny or over-the-top in order for it to work for daytime wear. With these four pieces, I was pretty pleased with the result. The navy really looks great with the pattern and the periwinkle, one of my favorite colors.
And then I found this hat! This straw hat has a tilted fascinator style to it and would fit right in with this look which has a garden party kind of feel to it. Again, it is very Kate and very British to wear large or tilted hats to semi-formal or formal events. This hat is very unique and elegant and would make a statement without drawing the wrong kind of attention to you. Adding the hat does drive the final total for this look up above $400 but I felt that I would show it to you anyway, since it does add to the final look.
Currently, this item is sold out at ModCloth but they are restocking presently. In fact, all but a few of their hats like this and their fascinators are sold out now! Do you think it is the Kate Middleton affect and royal wedding fever?