Frugal Fashion: Pippa Middleton post royal wedding
The royal wedding of Catherine Middleton, now the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William was full of fashion surprises. There was Catherine's dress, designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen; her 1936 Cartier tiara; the queen in the brightest of yellows; the glorious hats in shapes and colors that would rival any "Star Wars" movie set and of course, there was Catherine's sister Pippa. The beautiful brunette may have stolen the show from her big sis...well, just a little...in her stunning ivory satin cowl-neck dress, also designed by Burton.
If you didn't know who Pippa Middleton was before the wedding you definitely should now. She was always quite stylish but post-royal wedding one can't help but wonder if she's attempting to boost her fashion cred or if the world is just now taking notice. Either way we can't wait to see what she'll wear next.
The day after the royal wedding Pippa was spotted leaving the Goring Hotel in London where the Middleton family stayed the night before the big day. Looking chic as can be, Pippa left in a pair of white jeans, a cream colored top, royal blue tailored blazer from Zara and neutral flats.
Part of the Middleton sisters' allure is that everything about them, including their clothing, seems appropriately modest, accessible and down to earth. Pippa's blazer retails for $100, a pretty frugal find already but if you're looking for something even more affordable we've got you covered with the Double-breasted Boonie blazer from J.Crew in dark navy for $79.99, Gibson one-button blazer from Nordstrom for $88, Ponte knit jacket in deep blue from J Jill for $34.99, Casual linen jacket from Forever 21 for $24.80 or the Thatch palm blazer from Anthropologie for $88.
You can achieve this look with any light-colored, light-weight top but Urban Outfitters has some great finds like the Pins and Needles lace inset blouse for $59 or the Line & Dot ruffle-sleeve tie top for $19.99.
Pippa's white jeans are ideal for summer and a nod to nautical wear when paired with her royal blue blazer. For a "wear anywhere" pair get the Jegging ankle jeans from American Eagle for $19.99 or the Always Skinny jeans from the Gap in white wash for $59.50.
Pippa's flats are sensible and the neutral color is elegant and versatile, two frugal fashion musts. For a similar look try the City flat in gold from the Gap for $39.95 or for a little extra flair, these embellished round flats in pewter from Forever 21 for $17.80 feature a faceted jewel accent on the toe.
Pippa's sporting a grey bag but any color tote or clutch will work with the neutral colors of your new summer outfit.
Have an outfit you're dying to buy but need a frugal alternative? Email us a picture. We're up for the challenge.
-- Jenn Harris
Photo: Pippa Middleton, leaving the Goring Hotel in London. Credit: Stefan Wermuth / Reuters
Blazer photos, from left: Double-breasted Bonnie blazer. Credit: J.Crew.com; Gibson one-button blazer. Credit: Nordstrom.com; Ponte knit jacket. Credit: JJill.com; Casual linen jacket. Credit: Forever21.com; Thatch palm blazer. Credit: Anthropologie.com
Blouse photos, from left: Pins and Needles lace blouse; the Line & Dot ruffle-sleeve top. Credit: UrbanOutfitters.com
Pants photos, from left: Jegging ankle jeans. Credit: AmericanEagle.com; Always Skinny jeans. Credit: Gap.com
Flats photos, from left: City flat in gold. Credit: Gap.com; Embellished round flats. Credit: Forever21.com