In just under a year, Kate Urbanksa has transformed her wardrobe to almost fully resemble Duchess Catherine’s, at a fraction of the cost. But instead of resorting to “high-street replicas” (clothing purchased on main commercial or retail streets in the U.K), Urbanksa likes to buy “the exact high-end outfit the princess wore” but without the high-end price tag.
“I'm always looking for bargains,” Urbanksa told the Daily Mail, admitting to checking “eBay and online auctions daily. [...] It doesn't matter whether I'm on the bus or waiting in line for something, whenever I have a spare moment, I'm always checking the different sites.”
Urbanksa is a beautician living in the U.K, who first fell for the Duchess’ style before she was even royalty. A photo of then-Kate Middleton wearing a blue dress from high-street retailer Zara in 2011 was the catalyst for Urbanksa's new-found fascination.
Catherine's influence was immediately felt, as, according to The Sun, Urbanksa rushed to her local Zara to buy the dress as soon as she saw the photo. She even spent nearly $500 on the exact same wedge heels.
“There was something about the Duchess’ style that instantly struck a chord,” Urbanksa said. “Her look is modest, timeless, and so different compared to other celebrities nowadays.”
A designer price tag doesn’t stop the fan from getting her hands on the same piece as the Duchess. Along with eBay, Urbanska relies on seasonal sales, Etsy, and tailors to custom make items for her.
This red Alexander McQueen dress has been worn by Catherine on countless occasions, but was purchased from Etsy by Urbanksa for $126. The McQueen design would retail closer to $2,378.
A simple, blue Stella McCartney dress worn by the Duchess in 2012 retails for approximately $624, while Urbanksa’s tailor-made version was only $38.
Urbanska has also replicated Catherine's maternity outfits, even though she wasn't pregnant herself. This recognizable Seraphine Marina Maternity Coat is on sale now for $340.
This green-and-blue maternity dress, also by Seraphine, was a favorite choice back in 2015.
Urbanksa’s desire to replicate as much of Duchess Catherine’s looks as possible even extends to beauty and makeup.
“I love The Duchess' clothes of course, but I would be lying if I said I hadn't tried her skincare routine too,” Urbanksa told the Daily Mail. “I'm a natural long-haired brunette” Urbanksa said, but that’s not where the similarities end. Urbanksa purchased the Karin Herzog Oxygen Face Cream, rumored to be a favorite of Catherine’s, and even got her hands on a lipstick in Sandwash Pink and the Shimmer Brick bronzer, both by Bobbi Brown and beloved by the royal.
This post was written by Amber Elias. For more, check out our sister site Now To Love.