There are a lot of people out there trying to copy Kate Middleton’s style on the cheap, but no one can compete with Kate Urbanksa, who wears the exact same high-end pieces as KMid, but buys them at a fraction of their cost.
Urbanska, a 29-year-old beautician who lives in Berkshire, runs a very punny blog called Great RepliKate and told the Daily Mail that she emulates the Duchess of Cambridge because she likes that her style is more modest and classic compared to other celebrities these days. She added, “Her designer clothes are such good quality that she is able to wear them time and time again.”
Urbanska’s secret to scoring Kate’s luxury items at half the cost is actually pretty simple — she scours eBay for deals on the exact outfits Middleton has worn, then has them tailored to her body. “Kate does don a lot of expensive clothes,” she conceded, “but by being selective and tenacious anyone can recreate the duchess’s closet without breaking the bank. … I check eBay and online auctions daily. … It doesn’t matter weather I’m on the bus or waiting in line for something, whenever I have a spare moment, I’m always checking the different sites.”
That mentality got her Kate’s $400 L.K.Bennett “Addison” dress (pictured below), which the duchess wore while greeting the Obamas at Kensington Palace a year ago, for just $187. In total, she’s spent just over $8,700 copying Kate’s styles.
She doesn’t just blindly purchase anything the duchess has worn, however. “You have to be realistic about which of Kate’s outfits you’ll actually be able to wear in reality,” she explained. “You might be dazzled by a full-length gown [she] wore, but if your lifestyle doesn’t require a couture dress, then don’t buy it!”
So far, the only item she’s bought at full price was a pair of Gianvito Rossi heels in the color praline: “Sadly, they never seem to go on sale!” Sigh.
By Harper’s Bazaar