Kate Middleton has flaunted her fashion sense since arriving in New York City Sunday night, but her tour wardrobe is surprisingly made up of affordable pieces that even a commoner could afford. While some items have since sold out after getting Middleton’s stamp of approval, a usual occurrence, those in favor of emulating the British Duchess of Cambridge’s style are in luck; other identical, or similar, items are still available for purchase.
The Duchess of Cambridge started the fashion flurry by sporting a show-stopping tweed, knee-length, Seraphine Maternity coat during her arrival alongside Prince William at the Carlyle Hotel on Dec. 7. The outerwear, which she also sported on several occasions during her first pregnancy with Prince George in 2012, according to Express, was paired with a black clutch, stockings and reasonably high heels. While the coat is no longer available on Seraphine’s website, similar coats are retailing for approximately $249 (159 pounds), a modestly priced item for any royal.
The Duchess arrived at her first scheduled appearance, a meeting with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, at the Northside Center for Child Development in Harlem Monday morning, sporting a $1,067 (680 pounds) Washington coat from Goat. The black and nude wear has since sold out online. The Daily Mail is speculating that Middleton added to the overall cost of her ensemble by having the coat altered to add length.
Later in the day, Middleton changed into a coat from American designer Tory Burch to attend an appearance alongside Prince William at the British Consul General Residence. The Bettina coat, which she also wore to watch the Brooklyn Nets play against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, retails for $595, People magazine reported. Those looking to mirror Middleton’s style are in luck as the piece is not only still available, it’s also on sale for $357.
Assuming Middleton was able to score her Tory Burch coat at a discount and taking into account that her Seraphine maternity coat was a repeat, her outfits from the first few appearances on her stateside tour cost just over the $1,400 mark. It's unknown whether Middleton paid for the items herself or if they were gifted/loaned. Regardless of whether Middleton shelled out her own money for the pieces, one thing is certain, her 2014 U.S. royal tour wardrobe cost noticeably less compared to the garb she sported on her Australia/New Zealand earlier this year. According to our previous estimations, her items from the 20-day tour cost an estimated $63,767.
While it may come as a shock to some that Middleton’s tour garb is not costly, the Duchess has shared her affinity for affordable fashion and for being an outfit repeater in the past. She was last seen shopping for discounted designer clothes at Bicester Village in Oxfordshire, England, in August.
“Kate came in on Sunday on her own, just like anyone else, and browsed the sales racks,” a sales assistant told the Sun. “At first I didn’t recognize her, I couldn’t believe it was Kate.”
Prince William and Middleton continued their royal tour in New York City Tuesday. The couple started their day by braving the rainy weather to pay their respects at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Later in the evening, the couple will appear at to the Metropolitan Museum of Art before returning home to London. The museum is hosting a fundraiser for the couple’s alma mater, the University of St. Andrews.