Southern Chic Style

Dress As The Royals Do

Most of us have seen the Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton) in the stunning Alexander McQueen dress she wore for The Sun’s Military Awards last night. It’s a beautiful velvet with a sweatheart neckline and frill to frame. The inset picture of Diana is there because Kate’s dress looks similar to one worn by Diana in 1981. Click here to read more about the dresses and see additional photos. America seems to look to Kate’s style just as we did Princess Diana’s.

 I love that Kate’s dress is velvet. Black velvet is an amazing fabric for winter evening elegance, and the dress fits the Duchess like a glove! Kate’s favorite designer Sarah Burton made this dress for Alexander McQueen. I can’t help but love the fit of the dress with a fishtail-style skirt. Kate added a matching black velvet clutch, black pumps, and jewelry she received as a wedding present - a chunky diamond necklace with a bracelet and earrings to match.

I’m fully expecting this dress to be re-created by many designers very soon, but in the meantime, I found a few dresses with a similar elegant feel. The Phoebe Couture by Kay Unger gown has velvet embroidery and velvet panels mixed in with a black crepe-jersey sweatheart neckline. I found the gown at for $161. The silk Nicole Miller gown also has the sweatheart neckline and pleating detail that flatters. This dress can be found at for $141.99. The third gown by Badgley Mischka Platinum Label is a black crinkled chiffon with (of course) a sweatheart neckline. It can also be bought in dark green and can be found at in limited sizes for $277.19. Enter code “HOLIDAY40” and get $40 off since it’s over $200. Add a sparkly chunky necklace with earrings and a bracelet to one of these dresses with a beautiful black clutch and you’ll look as lovely as Kate, although a dress by Alexander McQueen would be lovely, too! 

Speaking of Alexander McQueen, my book came in yesterday! LOVE it!

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