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Shop like the Duchess of Cambridge: French Sole

Shop like the Duchess of Cambridge: French Sole

French Sole (or London Sole, as it is known in the US) is a go-to brand for the Duchess of Cambridge, as well as her sister, Pippa Middleton. There’s an even older royal connection to the brand too, as Diana, Princess of Wales, was known to be a fan of the simple ballet shoes. These chic slip ons are now a firm fashion staple in the UK, and have been for many years, with no sign of their popularity diminishing.

After her wedding, the Duchess was spotted wearing a pair of French Soles in the India style, in a brown mock crocodile patent colour. Pippa Middleton has also been seen wearing a pair of grey suede flats with a blue glitter heart, produced in collaboration with Beulah, as well as brown Gladiator sandals, and ballerina shoes from the brand in both beige/nude and red.

There are a couple of French Sole stores in London, but the one that the Duchess of Cambridge may well have visited on occasion was the branch on King’s Road, as it’s near a couple of other stores and cafes that she has been known to frequent! If you want to take a trip there, you face a pretty long walk from Sloane Street or a shorter one from Kensington, which then takes you along Fulham Road.

Amanda Wakeley

This will take you past an Amanda Wakeley store, which as we know, is a brand that has provided a few of the Duchess’ beautiful dresses. But, there’s another link here too, as Princess Diana also used to frequent this store, and it was Amanda Wakeley herself who first encouraged Jane Winkworth, the founder of French Sole, to bring some of her designs to show the  Princess. (Apparently she bought 12 pairs!)

Blue Bird Cafe

The Bluebird Cafe is just across the road from French Sole’s boutique in Chelsea, and the Middleton women have been spotted eating here many times – definitely a place to go if you’re in the area!

French Sole shop

The French Sole shop may seem small, but don’t be put off by its bijoux appearance – this is their largest store, and has a formidable stock room and plenty of styles and gorgeous colours to choose from! Jane Winkworth has said in previous interviews that the Duchess favours  Henriettas, but there are a variety of different ballerina style shoes which vary in the vamp (how much ‘toe cleavage’ is on show), toe point, width, and other small yet vital ways.

French Sole window

The brand has a couple of sales every year, when their current range is marked down in price, but generally you can expect to pay £65 to £200 for a pair of flats. You can also find boots, moochers, sandals and smoking slippers in the range, depending on the time of year.

French Sole window 2

The store is a celebrity haunt, and has been visited by Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, as well as Claudia Schiffer, Yasmin le Bon and others.

Once you’ve finished trying on pair after pair of beautiful shoes, you might want to take a walk further down King’s Road, where an LK Bennett clearance store lurks – and very often has styles reduced which have been seen previously on the Duchess, usually in different colourways!

LK Bennett clearance

 

Shop like the Duchess of Cambridge: Bicester Village

Shop like the Duchess of Cambridge: Bicester Village

If there’s one thing that most people agree on when it comes to the Duchess of Cambridge’s fashion, it’s that it’s her mix high street and designer clothing that makes her an endearing and accessible role model. The Duchess is also keen on a bargain, scooping up some of her most famous pieces in theContinue Reading

Wardrobe Wednesday: Sunglasses

Wardrobe Wednesday: Sunglasses

In the warmer months, we often see Kate donning a pair of sunnies. Not only are they adorable, but they protect your eyes from sun damage and unsightly squinting lines. They also add a bit of oh-so-glamorous allure and allow us to check out a cute guy’s bum without getting caught. During the summer months,Continue Reading

Shop like Catherine: Fortnum & Mason

Shop like Catherine: Fortnum & Mason

In 2012, as part of the Jubilee celebrations, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, attended her first official function with the Queen and the Duchess of Cornwall. The location? Fortnum and Mason, one of the oldest and most distinguished department stores in London. Since 1707, it has stood at 181 Piccadilly, near Regent’s Street and Piccadilly CircusContinue Reading

Antiquing with Kate

Antiquing with Kate

Last weekend, we were excited to hear news of Kate out and about, even more excited with  the announcement of her whereabouts which we excitedly shared on the WWKD Facebook page: While Kate has been spotted before browsing for antiques, we can this time discern from the location that she was shopping for rugs at Knight’sContinue Reading

Kate’s Grocery List

Kate’s Grocery List

One of the most enduring things about The Duchess of Cambridge, at least to me, is the woman, who is to be the future Queen of England mind you, actually does her own grocery shopping!  Seriously, how cute is that?! And beyond the fact that these outings give us a chance to look at herContinue Reading

Holiday Hostess Gifts

Holiday Hostess Gifts

With the holiday season upon us, our social calendars are quickly filling up with many fabulous parties to attend.  Whether it’s a formal dinner or open house, each hostess puts so much effort into the event that it’s only proper to thank her with a hostess gift.  Our suggestion is to stock up on aContinue Reading

A Kate Inspired Gift Guide

A Kate Inspired Gift Guide

Shopping for a Kate fan – or needing to share a wish list with someone shopping for you? Look no further, we’ve got you covered! Today features my take on Kate’s wish list, and in a couple of weeks you’ll get to see Christine’s as well for more inspiration. While appreciating that Kate is aContinue Reading

Wardrobe Wednesday: Kate’s Cozy Coats

Wardrobe Wednesday: Kate’s Cozy Coats

Who could deny that Kate loves her coats? Many an engagement has been spent wrapped in a chic winter coat, while many an onlooker has snapped the Duchess of Cambridge casually warm in a jacket. We love coats – they make an outfit look instantly chic. When Spring rolls around, I honestly have no ideaContinue Reading

Meet the WWKD Shop!

Meet the WWKD Shop!

What Would Kate Do? is proud, pleased and excited to announce the addition of an online shop to their website. The WWKD Shop is designed with inspirations from Kate.  We thought of what she might enjoy, and what her fans might love. The shop is created by and for royal watchers, “mini Middletons,” and anglophilesContinue Reading

The Prince George Effect

The Prince George Effect

Anyone who follows Duchess Kate, is well aware of the “Kate Effect.”  We feel that sweet longing for hair as bouncy and full as hers, and don’t even get us started on that amazing wardrobe.  So it would seem obvious that her son, Prince George, would have an effect of his own. I’m not suggestingContinue Reading

Wardrobe Wednesday: Kate’s Cambridge Family Portrait Style

Wardrobe Wednesday: Kate’s Cambridge Family Portrait Style

From left to right: Photo (c) The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge | Seraphine Maternity | Boston Proper | Oasis On Monday evening, we were thrilled to see the latest official portraits of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge. Oh, and Lupo! The photos were a great treat for royalContinue Reading

Wardrobe Wednesday : Shopping the Nordstrom Sale with Kate

Wardrobe Wednesday : Shopping the Nordstrom Sale with Kate

While perhaps not a store she’s even stepped foot in (seeing as there are none in the UK), it’s not hard for us North Americans to see how Kate would no doubt fancy one of our favorite stores, Nordstrom. There is no better time to shop at Nordstrom than their #Nsale Anniversary Sale, where they markContinue Reading

Wardrobe Wednesday: The Nude Shoe

Wardrobe Wednesday: The Nude Shoe

“Nude pumps” have practically become synonymous with Kate. Nude pumps, sapphire ring, Kate. But the style doesn’t stop at pumps – Kate has also been seen in nude wedges and flats as well. Why? Because they are the perfect shoe – they go with everything, elongate the leg, and have a timelessly chic quality aboutContinue Reading

Wardrobe Wednesday: Tropical Holiday

Wardrobe Wednesday: Tropical Holiday

The WWKD team is so ready for a summer holiday (Mustique, anyone?!), somewhere sunny and warm with white sandy beaches. No tourists, no Wi-Fi, just friends and family and umbrella drinks. We can look to Kate’s style for inspiration on what to pack. Kate always sticks to classic cut bathing suits in colors that flatterContinue Reading