Kate’s Ralph Lauren “Austin” Dress-September 17th, 2015

For her first solo engagement after giving birth to Princess Charlotte the Duchess of Cambridge wore a $1,595 dress by American designer Ralph Lauren. She wore the dress to visit the Anna Freud Centre in London of which she is patron. The centre brings awareness to childhood mental health issues in a school with classes for both parents and children.

She paired the dress by Ralph Lauren which he named the “Austin” dress with black Stuart Weitzman pumps and a black Mulberry clutch bag.

I don’t know about you, but $1,600 for one shirt dress is a bit out of my budget. So why not try this houndstooth wrap dress by Christin Michaels for $49.99 instead? I looks pretty similar to me. (Pictures are clickable links)

Or, there is this houndstooth sweater dress by Sandra Darren for about $50 depending on what size you get. It goes up to 16 plus and has a figure flattering silhouette.

As I mentioned, Kate wore Stuart Weitzman shoes. Here are some black Weitzman pumps that are similar if you would like to treat yourself.

However, even though Kate decided to accessorize with a black clutch and black shoes I personally think that the dress could use a splash of color with a bright bag, colorful shoes, or even some pretty statement earrings. Kate has nice style but I do wish she would experiment more with color especially with her shoes and bags. The thing about this dress is that it is so neutral that any color would work with it, but it really does need something bright to make the look a bit more youthful. For example, Kate loves L.K. Bennett shoes but really only wears black or nude pumps. I would love to see her wear something like these L.K.s in a nice mulberry color:

Or maybe these in “Orchid” which is a great color for fall.

And as far as the bag goes I think that since this dress is business casual or work wear you could probably use a bigger bag, not a clutch. It would be more practical if you plan on wearing this dress to the office since you can’t put too much in a clutch and I tend to only think of clutch bags for evening wear. Again, with this dress you could really wear any color bag at all. I like this cool Ralph Lauren bag since it’s the same designer as Kate’s dress. This green color is great for fall.

Cheers!
The Frugal Lady

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