Dec. 7, 2011 at 9:36 AM ET
Just when we thought that Duchess Kate had permanently gone designer, she steps out in a frock that we can all pick up at our local mall.
Showing a little more leg than usual, Kate turned up at a charity concert in London last night wearing a Zara dress. The 100 percent polyester cream dress with black lace overlay sells for a not-so-royal $99.90. And although the piece is sold out on the Zara website, the company says it is still available in stores.
A black Ralph Lauren jacket with three-quarter length sleeves covered up the dress’s deep V in the back. Baby bump watchers wondered if there was anything else the duchess was trying to cover up, as she held her little black clutch firmly in front of her belly for much of the evening.
If high hemlines aren’t your thing, Zara makes trousers with the same lace pattern that sell for $79.90, and these are still available on their website.
In her recent appearances, Kate has stayed true to her favorite designers, often appearing in higher-end hometown favorites Jenny Packham, Alexander McQueen and Alice Temperly. But over the past year she has shown a soft spot for Zara, most notably the day after her wedding, when she left Buckingham Palace in an $89 cornflower blue, sleeveless dress.
Rachel Elbaum is a London-based writer and unashamed royal watcher.