After the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their two-day trip to Paris last month, people really started talking about how much money Kate has been spending on clothes this year. It’s always part of the discussion, of course, because there’s little else to discuss with regards to Kate, so of course we’re going to talk about her clothes and how much they cost. In 2016, Kate hit an all-time high, when she reportedly spent £174,000 or more on clothes, a figure I still think is low because Kate gets so many of her pieces customized and bizarrely tailored. Incidentally, when we say “Kate spent such-and-such on clothes,” of course she’s not spending her own money. She has her father-in-law’s credit card or something – Charles pays for her clothes for the most part. Anyway, Kate is keen to spend that money. She’s already spent about £57,346 so far on clothing just this year. The Daily Mail had a breakdown of her outfits and costs here.
As she becomes increasingly confident in her royal role and is thrust further into the international spotlight with more foreign travel, the Duchess of Cambridge has moved away from her favourite high street brands in favour of designer pieces.
Femail estimated that in 2016 she wore clothing worth £174,170, four times the value of her 2015 wardrobe, which came in at just over £43,000.
Now the popular blog What Would Kate Do has estimated the Duchess’ spend on new clothing, shoes and accessories so far in 2017, without taking into account the cost of any items she already owned. The grand total came out at a whopping £57,346 for the first quarter of the year.
FEMAIL also added up the total, calculating a slightly more modest £57,206. In any case, if she continues at this rate, 2017 will easily be Kate’s most expensive year yet on the wardrobe front.
To be fair, the Daily Mail’s estimates include clothing that was already in her closet, which she then repeats. And Kate does do strategic repeats, although she’s gotten a little bit better about knowing which events call for something new. Basically though, if she’s spending that kind of money, wouldn’t you expect A) a better value for the money and B) better clothes in general? While I know some people would complain about the expense, I do think Kate needs a real stylist at long f–king last. In the past few years, she’s been “styled” by a secretary/helper named Natasha Archer, who is basically a yes-woman to all of Kate’s worst instincts. Archer reportedly encouraged Kate to “show more leg,” thus increasing the possibilities for even more Marilyn Moments. And considering that Kate is moving into full-time DOILY territory, can someone put a cap on how much money Kate spends on lace dresses?
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