If you want to look and feel like a princess, one way to do so is to wear a dress inspired by Kate Middleton herself. After Middleton wed Prince William in April 2011, dresses inspired by her Alexander McQueen wedding gown began to appear in stores. If you're not getting married, you can still find fashions inspired by Kate Middleton.
A few short hours after the Royal wedding, ABS Allen Schwartz announced that they were producing a line of dresses inspired by Kate Middleton's wedding dress. The line's lace wedding gown features the same lace sleeves and shoulders as the Duchess of Cambridge's gown. It also has a full ball gown skirt with an embroidered lace overlay. The dress retails for $1,100 at Lord and Taylor stores. The company also released a $459 version of Kate's reception dress, which is strapless and features a silver belt below the bust. The reception dress is available in both white and black.
Kate Middleton has stepped out numerous times in a Kelly Green Diane Von Furstenburg Silk Dress with a tie belt. While the original dress cost nearly $400, you can find a similar, but far less expensive dress at Dorothy Perkins. Although Dorothy Perkins is a London High Street chain, it has a website that ships worldwide. Currently, their version of the dress costs 15 pounds, or around $30 US. The Dorothy Perkins dress does have buttons up the front and is made of viscose rather than pure silk.
The Priscilla of Boston lace gown is also very similar to the dress Kate Middleton wore on her wedding day. The one main difference is that Priscilla of Boston's dress features a removable lace cape and sleeves. The removable sleeves mean you can wear two looks for your ceremony and reception without having to invest in two separate dresses.
When Kate Middleton toured Canada in August of 2011, she had the good sense to wear a lovely blue lace dress from a Canadian designer, Erdem. The dress had a slim fit with elbow length sleeves and was made of rich blue lace. Several companies have produced similar versions of the dress. French Connection has a version made of a teal or navy blue lace. The French Connection dress is slightly different than Kate's Erdem dress. It has a full skirt and is slightly shorter. It's also considerably less expensive.
The Duchess of Cambridge wore a taupe colored, slim-fitting dress by Reiss Shola to meet President Obama and his family. The dress had flattering panels across the skirt and on the bodice. Misguided Fashion, a UK brand that ships worldwide, quickly produced an inexpensive version of the dress. The main difference between the two dresses is the color, material, and price. The Misguided dress is a lighter shade, more of a light khaki. It's also made of polyester. The dress originally retailed for 25 pounds, or about $50 US, but has since been marked down.
Any of these dresses will help you capture the style of a Kate Middleton without the price tags only true royalty can afford. But you will feel like a princess when you wear them.