Kate’s Stella McCartney Dress – And some alternatives courtesy of Hobbs and Fever Designs

We all saw pictures of Kate Middleton looking fabulous in this electric blue shift dress by Stella McCartney at the National Portrait Gallery last week. 

The debate will always rumble on as to whether Kate is stylish or trendy enough, whether she spends too much or not enough on her clothes, whether she should really share her Mum’s wardrobe or not, and so on.

With her figure and her budget the fashion world is her oyster but, unlike the rest of us, she has rules imposed on her not only by the “firm” but also from many other sources.  I think if I were her I would be scared of walking out of the door each morning, fearful of what people would say – so I have nothing but admiration for the way she sticks to her guns and her LK Bennett Sledge nude courts! Although having said that, she didn’t wear them on this occasion and in my view they may have been better suited to the dress, or perhaps a pair of some slightly more on trend…..See what I mean about people criticising her?!


Knowing how people like to take a look at what Kate is wearing and re-interpret it for themselves, I have found  a couple of more accessible (in terms of cost) alternatives to the dress that Kate is wearing above.

This is the new season Hobbs Harpur Dress  which costs £159. Although the sleeve is styled differently, it is a similar vibrant blue colour and being from Hobbs, you can be sure of a reasonable hem length. Apologies for the quality of the photo – it will be clearer if you go via the link.


This Molly dress from Fever Designs at £69.99, was a fabulous alternative.  Oddly, when I looked on the site last night it was available in a 6, 16 and 18 but today it appears to have disappeared totally. So, why am I including it at all?  Well, sometimes items disappear temporarily and then re-appear, so you might still be lucky.


Also, Fever Design also do this Austen pencil dress in midnight blue £69.99, which is a great alternative for those who prefer a sleeve.  The banding under the bust is also really flattering and it comes in several colours.

                                 Austen Pencil Dress Midnight Blue
I have provided you with a link to the brand information about Fever Design, just in case you would like to take a look.  It’s signature style is inspired by vintage prints and feminine silhouettes, which I thought may appeal to many – and the prices are good too. As ever, it won’t be for everyone but there are a handful of really pretty dresses.



  1. mrs green @myzerowaste
    July 22, 2012 / 6:05 pm

    Oh lovely, I adore this colour and have just ordered the last one from Fever thanks to you! I love the Fever clothes, I have a couple of their dresses and they are so well made and fit beautifully. I have a cobalt blue dress from Isabella Oliver which is a firm favourite. Am still looking for the perfect pair of nude heels – not too high and with an almond shaped toe – by the time I find them we'll be onto the next trend!

    • StyleGuile
      July 22, 2012 / 8:25 pm

      Hello! So pleased that you got the last dress from Fever, how exciting!! Now, as to nude heels, Hobbs also has some great new ones this season, so they would be worth taking a look at. They are on their site but under the new arrivals section – not the sale items. I was going to do a post on them as they look so great. The shilo at LK Bennett are also a good style and not as high as their Sledge ones. Good luck!

    • mrs green @myzerowaste
      July 23, 2012 / 2:14 pm

      thanks for the heads up on the Hobbs shoes my lovely; I'd prefer 2 inches but I think I'll give these a go. They look fab and I might just be able to totter in them (I'm a bit of a birkenstock girl at heart – don't shoot me LOL!)

    • StyleGuile
      July 23, 2012 / 4:20 pm

      Birkenstocks? Seriously? I fear that all communication between us must cease(says she as she quickly pushes hers under the sofa)!

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