How to Dress Like a Princess for Prom for $100

Prom season is almost upon us, which means many young ladies will be searching for the perfect prom dress. Unfortunately, I never went to a prom myself. But if I had I would have probably looked to European royal ladies for inspiration. I think we all would like to look like a princess for a day, but most of us do not necessarily have a royal budget. So here are some of my favorite royal ladies wearing their best gowns along with a guide for where to find similar gowns for much less. Whether you are going to a prom, a formal wedding, or a romantic date every woman deserves to look and feel like a princess. 🙂

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

By now, most people who follow the British royal family will be familiar with Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge’s love of lace. This Alice Temperley black lace overlay dress has been one of her favorites for years. Here she is wearing the gown at the Natural History Museum in London in December of 2013.

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And here is a close-up of the lace details on her dress.

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This particular Temperley gown is no longer available although when it was available it probably sold for about $8,000-$9,000. However, I have found a gorgeous lookalike dress by Miusol for under $100. It comes in sizes small to 3X and you could get the black version that looks exactly like Kate’s or a red version for something a little different. It also has amazing reviews.

Miusol Women’s Floral Lace 2/3 Sleeves Long Bridesmaid Maxi Dress, Black, Large

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands

On April 30, 2013, Crown Princess Maxima became Queen Consort Maxima of the Netherlands when her husband, Willem-Alexander, was inaugurated as king. For King Willem-Alexander’s inauguration, Maxima wore a gorgeous cobalt blue gown and matching cape by Dutch designer Jan Taminiau.

Here is a look at the gown without the cape.

I love this color and the lace overlay detailing of the bodice and sleeves. Maxima’s gown was custom made for her, so there is no way to really put a price tag on it. But this pretty gown looks similar to Maxima’s iconic inauguration gown and it is under $100.

Sizes 2 through 16 can be found via this link:

Babyonlinedress Navy Blue Long Prom Lace Dresses Evening Gowns with Sequins

Crown Princess Victoria

Princess Victoria of Sweden is one of my favorite royal ladies. I think she is going to be an amazing queen. I also think she is very fashionable. I think this look is one of Victoria’s best. She is wearing a gown by Pronovias and a hair accessory by Jenny Packham, one of the Duchess of Cambridge’s favorite designers. The gown is an unusual color, it can appear teal or green depending on the lighting in the photo.

But I especially like the lace detailing on the neckline of this gown. It makes the sweetheart neckline seem a little more modest but still youthful.

And the hair accessory is so great. It looks regal, but not as formal as a tiara.

Here is a pretty green lookalike gown for under $100. I think it’s very elegant.

Find it here for under $100 in sizes up to a 16. It has multiple color options as well.

Ever Pretty Womens Empire Waist Open Back Formal Black Tie Dress 16 US Green

If you would like to wear a pretty hair comb to accessorize I like this one at Nordstrom.

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Princess Madeleine of Sweden

Princess Madeleine, who happens to be Victoria’s little sister, has also worn some pretty amazing gowns. I guess style must run in the family, and it helps that she is married to a billionaire. 😉 Here is Madeleine wearing a gorgeous Elie Saab gown. It has a retro 1940s feel with some amazing beaded work throughout the gown. This is a couture piece and probably cost about $8,000-$10,000.

Princess Madeleine

When it comes to reasonably priced beaded gowns, I think that Adrianna Papell is the best way to go. This beautiful gown is on sale right now. It goes up to a size 14.

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And this Adrianna Papell gown looks a lot like Madeleine’s gown as well. It is also on sale and is available up to size 14.

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Princess Beatrice of York

Some ladies may prefer wearing a shorter dress for a school dance. I personally love this gorgeous Nicholas Oakwell couture white organza dress that Princess Beatrice wore to a Serpentine Gallery party. It has a lovely princess-y 1950s vibe. If you have ever watched West Side Story, you’ll know that Natalie Wood’s character, Maria, originally objected to wearing a white dress to a dance. But when she realized that probably no one else would be wearing white, she changed her mind because she knew that she would be the only one in a white dress so she would stand out more. So maybe white would be the right way to go if you want to make a bit of a fashion statement?

I also like the way that Beatrice styled her makeup with this dress. The red lipstick with subtle eye makeup completes the retro look.

Here is a pretty dress from ASOS that reminds me of Beatrice’s. It’s only $114 and is available in limited sizes.

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The same company also makes some pretty dresses in plus sizes. This dress is similar to Beatrice’s and it is available up to a size 20.

Find it for $116 here:

Princess Sofia of Sweden

Next, we have Princess Sofia of Sweden. Like Kate Middleton, Sofia was also born a commoner. She was lucky enough to find an Orlando Bloom lookalike who just so happened to be a prince. 🙂 She marred Prince Carl-Phillip last year. Carl-Phillip and Sofia are expecting their first baby any day now.

I like the raspberry color of this gown that Sofia wore at the Nobel Peace Prize banquet in 2014.

I think that this lace dress from Modcloth is a similar color. Very feminine.

It is available in sizes 2-10 here:

The same company makes a similar dress in a 3/4 sleeve version available in sizes 8-20.

It is available on sale for $87 here:

Queen Mathilde of Belgium and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark

Speaking of Princess Sofia, at Sofia’s wedding to Carl-Phillip last year two very fashionable royal women showed up to the wedding ceremony wearing the same color. This pretty, icy light blue was also worn by the Queen Mother and Princess Diana on multiple occasions. Maybe because it photographs well? Or maybe it is because this is the color that Cinderella is associated with? Whatever the case, this color seems to be universally flattering on ladies with various hair colors and skin tones.

This dress comes in a ‘sky blue’ color that is reminiscent of the gowns that both Mathilde and Mary wore to Sofia’s wedding last year. It comes in sizes 2-18.

Find it here on sale for $89:

I hope that these royal ladies inspire you when shopping for your prom or special occasion dress. Don’t forget to ‘like’ My Frugal Lady on Facebook! 🙂


The Frugal Lady

Queen Maxima’s Etro Pantsuit

Hello readers! Yesterday, January 27, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands attended the opening of the Rotterdam International Film Festival. According to Getty images, she was wearing a jumpsuit by “Etro”. Here are some pictures!


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Being only five feet tall I don’t personally feel that I could pull off a jumpsuit so I have never tried this trend. And I definitely don’t think I could pull off the pattern. However, I think it really works on Maxima. It’s a fun, funky, gutsy choice in my opinion. Especially for someone in her position. I can’t imagine Queen Elizabeth II wearing a bohemian print jumpsuit. 🙂  But it suits Maxima’s personality. If you do not know who she is, Maxima is the new (ish) Queen of the Netherlands. Her husband just became king when his mother, the former Queen Beatrix, abdicated in his favor so she could retire. Maxima is originally from Argentina and she has a really warm, bold, effervescent personality. She especially likes to wear yellow and orange because the royal family is known as the “House of Orange”. She even has a orangey-yellow stone in her engagement ring. I like looking at royal bling so here is a picture of it!


And here is a picture of her pantsuit by Etro that she wore yesterday.

You can find it here for 50% off!


The Frugal Lady

Royal Fashion Trend Fall 2015-Hand Painted Dresses

I have noticed a pretty cool trend going around in royal fashion circles this fall/winter season. Royal women are wearing hand painted gowns or dresses for special events. Some of these pieces are gorgeous, and the fact that they are hand painted makes each piece seem more personalized. Fashion IS art, of course, but there is something about hand painted clothing that just emphasizes this fact. It’s like wearing a canvas. I think it’s really cool. Here are two main examples of royal women wearing these hand painted pieces this month (October, 2015)

First, Princess Madeleine of Sweden chose this hand painted Valentino dress for her son’s christening. I think it’s beautiful, very autumnal. Just perfect for October.

Princess Madeleine Christening

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This dress is called the “Bambolina” brocade ‘angel wing’ print dress. You can see a short sleeve version of the dress via the Saks Fifth Avenue link below. Of course, Valentino is a very expensive designer. But I enjoy looking at pictures of his work anyway just to appreciate the artistry.

But what’s really cool is that Valentino made a jacket this season with the same ‘angel wings’ hand painted print on it. If I had the money I would buy this jacket in a heartbeat since you can typically get more use out of a jacket than a dress. I would wear it all fall.

Valentino Brambolina Brocade han painted coat

Another royal woman who appreciates hand painted fashion is Queen Maxima of the Netherlands who has recently been hospitalized for a kidney infection. She became ill during her recent tour of China. But she managed to make an appearance at the state banquet in Beijing before traveling back home for treatment. If I had not read that she was ill I would never have guessed it from these photos because she looked beautiful. The gown that she chose for the occasion is a Mattjis van Bergen creation inspired by Van Gogh paintings. I think it was a very appropriate way of incorporating a Dutch design into her gown on an official state visit. The bottom of her dress has a lovely woodland scene painted onto it. Her Majesty chose to accessorize her new gown with the Dutch Emerald Parure. I love emeralds so I particularly love this set that belongs to the Dutch royal family. So elegant.

Queen Maxima State Banquet

Although Queen Maxima’s gown is impossible to find, and even if I could find it it probably would be an astronomical price in the tens of thousands, I have found some other hand painted pieces that are more affordable.

Firstly, a ‘splurge’ for me would be this Carolina Herrera abstract paint print jacquard dress.

Carolina Herrera Abstract Paint Jacquard sheath dress

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Then this awesome painted floral print Chloe dress is on sale in limited sizes. It’s my favorite.

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This Chetta B paint streak scuba sheath dress is not really painted but it has an abstract, paint streak pattern that is reminiscent of the hand painted look of the other dresses featured in this article.

Chetta B Paint Streak Scuba Sheath Dress

This Karen Kane painted canvas faux wrap dress is very figure flattering and is between $50-$80.

Karen Kane painted canvas wrap dress

And this Nic and Zoe hand painted twist dress is in a nice dark color for fall/winter.

Nic and Zoe

And this Alexander McQueen creation from the summer is now on sale in limited sizes,

Alexander McQueen cotton dress

This Marc New York print twill fit and flare sheath dress with pockets is nice and youthful.
Marc New York print twill fit and flare

It has stripes that look like they have been painted on with brush strokes although it is not a hand painted dress so it is less expensive.

Marc New York detailing

You can find it here for $128:

I think that Princess Madeleine and Queen Maxima’s fashion choices this month is a good indication that we will probably see some more hand painted pieces on royal ladies during the busy holiday season.


The Frugal Lady

Fall Fashion- Queen Maxima

Queen Maxima has fantastic fashion sense. She seems like a really fun, bubbly, extroverted person. She enjoys her royal duties and is a people person. We don’t often hear about the Dutch royal family in the United States so I would like to focus on her for the next installment of my “Fall Fashion” series.

This first outfit is from September 18th, 2013 when Queen Maxima visited with the Prime Minister of Spain during her official visit to the country. This sky blue is one of my all time favorite colors and it looks beautiful with her aquamarine brooch and earrings.

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Maxima paired her simple, 3/4 sleeve dress with a nude clutch and snakeskin shoes.

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Since becoming Queen she has become more experimental with her jewelry and how she wears it. Perhaps this is because she has access to more jewels since her husband’s coronation? I adore this butterfly that she placed in her hair with a simple low ponytail. It is possible that this butterfly is actually a brooch that can double as a hair clip.

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Here are some items that remind me of Maxima’s look. Anne Klein synthetic snakeskin heels for $50:

And this pretty vintage inspired hair barrette:

In October of 2014 Maxima wore a pretty forest green peplum dress on a visit to Tokyo University. This color is gorgeous for Fall/Winter.

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She paired it with a flattering large brim brown hat and matching shoes, clutch, and gloves. Some royal women (like the Duchess of Cambridge) choose not to wear gloves very often. But the appropriate royal etiquette dictates that in general if the dress code for an event calls for a woman to wear a hat it is understood that she should also wear gloves. Queen Maxima, Queen Mathilde, Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Grace, and various other royal women have chosen to abide by this rule. I personally think that the look is very chic and elegant.

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Queen Maxima is wise enough to know that the way that a woman accessorizes an outfit can really ‘make or break’ the entire look, so to speak. These gorgeous emerald earrings are a perfect match to the forest green shade of her dress. I love long, dangling earrings!

Queen Maxima Earrings

And again, as with the last outfit, Maxima has decided to wear another sparkly diamond butterfly. This time she wears a diamond and emerald butterfly brooch that matches her earrings well. I get the feeling that Maxima likes butterflies. Perhaps it is because butterflies are associated with being a free spirit? I think it suits her personality.

Queen Maxima Butterfly

These brown leather gloves have a really cool retro vibe to them like Maxima’s. Plus, they also have bow details. They would be perfect with a fall/winter jacket.

I also really love brooches. Maxima's butterfly brooch is youthful and adds a nice bit of sparkle to her dress. Brooches are great to pin on a fall jacket or even onto a scarf.

Here is another outfit that Maxima wore in October of 2014 just a few days before she wore the green dress above. This time she wore head to toe red for a symposium on domestic violence.

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She is wearing a large brim red hat (a similar style to the brown hat in the look I spoke about previously) and a matching 3/4 sleeve red dress with a simple bow on her waist. As I explained before, Maxima has decided to wear gloves whenever an occasion calls for a ‘fancy’ hat in keeping with royal tradition. This time she has chosen red leather gloves that match her dress and hat.

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I think it is interesting that she has chosen purple pumps for this dress considering that red and purple are in danger of severely clashing. Yet somehow she makes it work! Notice the label on the shoes, they are L.K. Bennet pumps. This brand is the Duchess of Cambridge’s all time favorite. They must be really comfortable.

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Here is a great close-up view of her clutch. Notice the butterfly? Maybe she feels it is a symbol for good luck? 🙂

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Lastly, here is a nice view of the top of Maxima’s hat so that we can appreciate that the bow on her hat ties in with the bow on the belt/waist of her dress. So well put together!

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This belted, 3/4 sleeve Ralph Lauren dress is similar to what Maxima wore:

L.K. Bennet shoes cost about $300-$400 on average but you can find these simple brown L.K. Bennet pumps here for $98 (limited Sizes):

However, these Enzo Angiolini pumps are in a wine color more similar to the color Maxima wore:

Again, a nice pair of gloves are not only fashionable but practical during the Fall/Winter. These red ones are pretty and look like Maxima's:

The last fall outfit I will talk about is from October 1st of 2014 when Maxima opened Markthal or, the ‘Market Hall’ in Rotterdam, Netherlands. It is a giant indoor market with stunning architecture.

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Maxima really loves bold colors like red and orange. This dress is a brown, short sleeve, off the shoulder cocktail dress with a bright red floral pattern. She has worn a matching red hat with it that is in a unique turban style. She most love this particular style of hat because she has the same one in different colors.

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She also wore bright red high heels to match. They have bows on the front and look like they may also be L.K. Bennet.

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Maxima’s outfits are always so meticulously planned down to the last detail. Her earrings are gorgeous diamonds with bright red rubies. Notice how her nails are manicured with purple polish? They exactly match the purple/wine colored L.K. Bennet heels that she wore on October 14. She obviously likes to stick with her favorite colors!

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This Ralph Lauren floral wrap dress reminds me a little of Maxima’s:

These red patent leather shoes are so sexy. And they are only $30!

I hope that you have enjoyed this latest ‘episode’ of Fall Fashion. I would suggest reading my last two Fall Fashion blogs on Princess Victoria of Sweden and Princess Mary of Denmark as well if you haven’t already done so.

The Frugal Lady