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Dress Like the Duchess: Zara Bling & Winery Gingham Blouse

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Just a few quick repliKates for those who have the spring shopping bug! Kate dazzled us all in her priceless Nizam of Hyderabad necklace, but before we saw that, she wore a far more affordable Zara piece to almost equally stunning effect.


Although that piece sold out long ago, Banana Republic has a fantastic repliKate in their Crystal Collar necklace on sale for $79.50.

Banana Republic 
Kate arrived in Queenstown, New Zealand wearing a white and navy gingham blouse that was quickly identified as Gap's "fitted boyfriend." 



While the shirt may have sold out by now, not everyone was thrilled with it on closer inspection. Banana Republic has a very similar shirt, but in a more substantial fabric, that may peak your interest. Remember that Banana Republic is owned by the same company as Gap. BR's "fitted gingham" is a pretty close match for the Duchess's blouse. I tried on both the Gap fitted boyfriend and Banana Republic's close copy, and I bought Banana Republic on this one. It may be a matter of taste, but check it out if you are dying to recreate Kate's chic casual this spring!

Banana Republic



16 comments:

  1. Dear jane! Your blog is the most funniest of all kate blogs!!! Greets from austria

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  2. Hi Jane,

    Just want to say thanks for all your hard work over the last few weeks. Shows a lot of dedication from you to put this all together.

    Im not sure about anyone else but Im having withdrawal issues ;)

    Kiwi Nic

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  3. I agree, I strongly disliked the Gap version of the blouse - it felt cheaply made, but didn't even think to check Banana for a more well-made version. Kudos on these great finds!

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  4. Hmmm, I might try that gingham BR shirt! Personally, for my personal taste I would need it with a blazer (or cardi), not on its own. Thanks for sharing!! :-)

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  5. Hey Jane! You've probably seen these but in case you haven't http://worldofwindsor.tumblr.com/post/84140054695 So cute!!!

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    1. Oh my GOSH!! I had not seen these! I am not on Tumblr. I can't figure it out. :( Oh, this is so, so cute!! Thank you!

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    2. Haha oh I don't understand it either but the main page of the World of Windsor http://worldofwindsor.tumblr.com/ is pretty cute with a lot of gifs and a couple pictures from the tour I hadn't seen such as Kate with the starting gun at the beach.

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  6. Jane, that is a lovely necklace. I was fortunate enough to buy the one from ZARA and I LOVE IT! They re-stocked the item around late Jan-early Feb and I got it as one of my Valentine's Day gift (thanks to info from Kate followers on fb regarding the restocking).

    Anna1985 is certainly right, your blog is the most fun/funniest to read :)

    Have you and Kiwi Nic seen these: http://worldofwindsor.tumblr.com/post/84140054695
    I thought they are just awesome pictures of that cute family (even with the low quality image, lol )

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    1. You and Alex are the BEST!! Thank you so much for these! I had not seen them at all and they have made my day! Aaaahh! Overwhelmed by the cuteness!!

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  7. Jane...have you seen this? http://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty/2014042818453/prince-william-kate-guy-pelly-wedding/
    (I hope this link works). Thanks for everything you did for the tour. Can't wait to see what's next. Joan M.

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    1. Hi Joan! Thanks for this link! I had not seen this particular report yet--it has been a busy day. :( I did report briefly on this topic early on in the tour. I do not think--and it seems Hello! agrees--that Kate and George will attend. Full post here: http://fromberkshiretobuckingham.blogspot.com/2014/04/will-cambridges-come-to-united-states.html Hopefully we will see Kate soon, if nothing less, just walking in the KP gardens. :) We should see them at the end of May in Scotland!

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    2. Jane...yes I read your post when you wrote it originally. That's why I thought you would be interested in this. Also, tomorrow is their wedding anniversary. Has it been three years already? Take care. Joan M.

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    3. Ooops, sorry, I reiterated myself. I WISH she would go. :) Oh, well. Hey, I am starting the royal wedding DVD now. I can't believe it has been three years. Feels like yesterday...

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  8. How do we know Kate was wearing the Gap fitted boyfriend and not the Banana Republic version.

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    1. Kate's was a perfect match for Gap's shirt. It had white stitching along all the edges, whereas this has deep and so blending thread for the stitching. It was absolutely the Gap. Stitching aside, though, BR is pretty close and frankly better material

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  9. Can anyone tell me what shoes William is wearing in the top picture. I always love the shoes William has and want to get some for my husband, but I can't ever find a place that mentions what William wears. Any clues?

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