As a huge fan of shopping since I was a kid, it wasn’t a surprise to me that I took to online shopping as quickly and as easily as I did… And I’ve only grown to love it more as the years have gone by. I do still enjoy going to the mall- but I more enjoy the anonymity, privacy, comfort and ease of online shopping that only the internet can provide.
Seeing as Kate is one of the most glamorous and stylish women in the world, it’s obvious that she pays attention to current fashion trends and enjoys shopping around for unique pieces as she regularly shops from chain stores as well as designer looks. But can you imagine Kate wandering around a mall or store? She’d be followed by a gaggle of paparazzi and wouldn’t be able to browse in peace. It’s why I think she probably spends a good deal of her browsing time within online boutiques where she can get ideas and even pick up some pieces while enjoying the previously mentioned privacy and anonymity that internet shopping provides.
Here are some online sites where we think Kate likely spends some time:
Net-a-Porter is one of my favorite online haunts featuring designer pieces organized incredibly well by occasion, color, designer… It’s easy to browse for looks and even better if you have the deep pockets that accompany the price tags on some of these items! A quick search for “Middleton” on the site will bring up Kate’s beloved Issa engagement inspired dress (£495) and the Temperley London Amoret lace dress (£2,900) so it’s obvious her favorites are covered here.
Reiss is a British retailer whom Kate has been known to frequent (she wore a Reiss dress in her engagement photos, on the Canada tour and then again to meet Barack/Michelle Obama) and to whom the “Kate Middleton effect” has been very good as their profits doubled after Kate starting wearing their clothes. Their website is a great mix of interesting content (I like their blog and journal features) and their nice basics mixed together. Extra bonus? They ship worldwide for $25!
Kate also favours shopping at stores which feature more reasonable prices- including Warehouse (where she shopped right before the Wedding), Zara (where she’s bought numerous dresses) and others. I find these sites sometimes overwhelming with the sheer quantity of stuff to wade through and in all honesty the affordability of it all makes it so much more accessible. As the Duchess has so elegantly shown, pieces from stores like this are amazing because they can be paired with higher end looks to make a truly unique look. I like to get my trendier pieces from stores like this (for example a silk-ish blouse in this season’s bright color/cut) and then stick to my favorite higher end brands when buying basics.
Etsy is well-known as the place online to pick up unique pieces which we think Kate would appreciate. As pointed out in our previous article about Replicas of Kate’s Jewellery on Etsy, it’s got some great ideas for us trying to “replikate” and yet we think Kate herself would be really into the idea of both supporting new and upcoming designers and in finding handmade pieces which would guarantee she would be the only one wearing them. Can you imagine if she wore something from a small shop on Etsy? The shop might have enough sales to actually open a bricks and mortar one!
Unless an online retailer is willing to open up their records and show if items (Probability? 0) may have shipped to Kate or she is kind enough to tell us (Some probability, as she did share her penchant for outlet malls in Singapore), there is probably no way we’ll ever know exactly where she shops online- but thanks to amazing Kate sites such as What Kate Wore and HRH Duchess Kate we can get the identities of the pieces and then work backwards to determine where she might have found them.