To celebrate our third birthday, we are featuring five encore My Royal Closets! We previously met Susannah in March 2015, and now she’s back to celebrate our birthday with five more fabulous royally-inspired pieces!
About Susannah: My love of Kate and all things British began when I studied abroad for 3 months in London in 2010. I was fortunate enough to travel to London this June. Getting to my spot behind the barricades at 7:30am paid off. I was on the front row when the royals rode by leaving and returning to Buckingham Palace. I ran up to the front during the balcony appearance to see Prince George with my own eyes. I was also lucky to get tickets to Order of the Garter at Windsor Castle two days later. Her Majesty the Queen walked in front of me from about 5 feet away in the velvet robes and everything. Needless to say, my life is now complete. With regard to fashion, I am a middle school social studies teacher, so I really appreciate Kate’s classic, modest style. I think she sets a great example for young women and girls.
Seraphine Florrie Dress
This is the Seraphine Florrie dress that the duchess wore to two engagements while pregnant with Princess Charlotte. While I was in London this past June, I tracked down the last one in the city. Since I am not pregnant, I got some funny looks when inquiring about it in the store. It fit perfectly (although there was plenty of room if I ever needed it in the future). Because of the pattern and delicate stitching, you wouldn’t think it was a maternity dress. I actually wore it to the Order of the Garter service in Windsor Castle while there. Unfortunately Kate did not appear, but William did!
Green Jenny Packham RepliKate Coat
I have always adored Kate’s green Jenny Packham coat that she wore on St. Patrick’s Day two years in a row. I was thrilled when I found a shop on Etsy called Tatiana’s Delights that makes custom-order Kate and Pippa look-a-like pieces. They make a beautiful repliKate of that coat, and I got it as a graduation gift. The likeness and quality is amazing, and I feel like a princess when I wear it. I wear it as often as I can in the short winter in Pensacola, Florida.
LK Bennett Lasa RepliKate Dress
On a trip to Atlanta I stopped in at the LK Bennett store at Phipps Plaza and tried on the Lasa dress that Kate wore on the Australia royal tour. I loved it, but even on sale it was pricey for such a memorable dress. As luck would have it, I found a repliKate in Dillard’s a few weeks later for half the price by designer Tahari. It went past my knees, so I decided to have it hemmed to just above the knee like Kate’s. I’ve worn this to church a few times already, and I think it would be perfect for a spring/summer wedding. The selfie is the LK Bennett dress. Only a trained eye could tell the difference.
Teal Libelula Dress
I’ve loved Kate’s Libelula dress the moment I saw her pictured in it at the polo match. While I would have loved the exact one she wore, the one I found on eBay was a close second. I was concerned that it would be too big, but luckily I believe this brand runs small. It is one of my favorite colors to wear, and as a teacher, it is very work appropriate. The heart buttons add a lovely touch, too, which I didn’t notice in pictures of Kate wearing it. She has such an eye for details that really make her pieces special.
Polka Dot TopShop Dress
As a Kate fashion fanatic, eBay is a problem for my bank account. I find many beautiful Kate pieces in perfect condition. The polka dot TopShop dress has been on my radar for a while, but I had to wait for someone to have the right size. Luckily my patience paid off. I would have preferred a regular rather than a petite size, even though I am petite. I like my dresses to hit at the knee, but I thought this could be my one shorter dress. Just as Kate did, I like to pair it with my black blazer to make it more sophisticated.