5 Royal looks Inspired by Princess Kate and Meghan Markle
Call me cheesy, but I love a royal wedding and like many other gen x's out there, I will never forget Lady Diana and Prince Charles's big day and that big 25-foot train on her dress! on the eve of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's big day, I am unashamedly jumping on the Royal wedding media feeding frenzy bandwagon because it’s great timing, to show you five of my favourite custom made outfits that have been INSPIRED BY some of Princess Kate and Meghan's Markle's best fashion moments. let's check em' out!
1. Meghan Markle's First Official Royal Visit with Prince Harry.
The beige midi skirt by London-based fashion brand Joseph that Meghan Markle wore for her first official visit with Prince Harry to Nottingham, was right on the money for the Royal-to-be. I chose to emulate the skirt by getting a high-waisted midi skirt made in a heavy linen which I found at The Fabric Store using Simplicity pattern 8301 .
My intent is not to copy anyone's outfit out right as that's totally not on, but to study the design and turn them into my own; by opting for different colours, fabrics and patterns.
2. Princess Kate's Jackie O Moment
As soon as I saw Princess Kate pull a full Jackie O in this red and white gingham ensemble by Eponine, I was smitten and rushed to the fabric store again! Inspired by the elegant lines of the Fifties and the classic styles of the Sixties, this chic outfit proves that great designs never go out of style. I opted to have mine made into a skirt and top, even though Kate's is actually a dress. The pleated skirt is based on New Look pattern 6163 and for the top my dressmaker used Burda pattern 6853.
2. Princess Kate Nails Exotic Chic| Royal Tour of India 2016
Kate closed the Royal Tour of India in typical effortless style in this stunning azure blue embroidery dress by Indian-born Designer Naeem Khan. This dress instantly grabbed at my heart strings and inspired me to create something similar. Luckily The Fabric Store and my dressmaker both came to the party. Kate mastered the perfect balance between ethnic and Western fashions with this exquisite dress. The top of my my blue and cream suit was made using Simplicity pattern 2192 view B and the straight skirt was made using my dressmaker's own pattern.
4. Kate and Meghan's Formal Show Stoppers
Who else was in awe of the gown Meghan wore for her official engagement photos with Prince Harry by Fashion House Ralph & Russo ? I was very impressed with her choice opting for a semi-sheer tulle and organza gown. It played by the rules but also showed off her sassy nature and style. I wanted to create a similar one but in a lace like the Temperley London gown Princess kate has worn on repeat; a sign that she obviously adores it. it's so refreshing to see someone in her position not scared to be seen in the same thing twice, unlike many celebs.
I found this incredible black and white French lace from a random little fabric store in Smith St melbourne and after corroborating at length with my dressmaker, we came up with this two piece, where the lace is vertical in the top and horizontal in the skirt which is also semi-sheer to give it a bit of sass too.
5. Kate and Meghan Set Tartan trending Once Again
Like the royals I've been a long standing fan of tartan. I hold the Bay City Rollers totally responsible for my long-term love affair with it. Throughout the Winter months both Kate and Meghan have been showing up in modern versions of MAcKay Ancient and MacDiarmid Modern tartans. Once again, I was off to the fabric Store and Spotlight to find some breacan . This time I opted to get a mini skirt made in a Mackay Ancient tartan and a smock dress made in a Royal Stewart tartan. My dressmaker used Burda pattern 8237 to create the skirt and the red tartan dress was based on vintage Simplicity pattern 9130.
That brings my royal fashion tour to a close. I hope you have enjoyed seeing what styles inspire me and my dressmaker.
It's important to mention how fabulous it is having your own clothes made. Creating your own clothes is more than just a sustainable fashion approach. When you are involved in designing and making of your own clothes, you develop a deeper appreciation for how clothes are made. On top of that, nothing compares to wearing an item of clothing that has been made especially for you and no one else.
I hope this blog has inspired you to start thinking about finding your own dressmaker. If you are not sure where to look and/or you don't have a clue about where to start in regards to fabrics and patterns etc. don't let that stop you, head over to my services. You can also receive 25% off all styling services when you download my free sustainable styling checklist or when you sign up to my monthly musings.
Lastly lovelies, don't forget to share your royal looks with me, simply tag @sustainablestyling or #sustainablestyling on facebook and Instagram. Here's to happy ever after for Meghan and Prince Harry.
Acknowledgement of Images
Title Image :Refinery29
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Image for outfit 1 : Mad About Meghan
images for Outfit 2: Daily Mail
images for outfit 3: Gulf News