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Kate Middleton Unintentional Style Icon (And Doing It On Cheap)

From her coral skinny jeans to her Lady in Red dress to her gorgeous nude lace, women around the world are rushing out to buy anything Kate Middleton purchases, with some merchandise she wears selling out within days. 

Indeed, the princess has become an unintentional style icon -- "Kate's been amazed to find herself setting trends when she is not at all trendy herself," says one friend -- and has been doing it on the cheap (for a princess, of course), with advice from her budget-savvy mother Carole.

Kate, who has single-handedly made the Royal Family fashionable again, has received compliments for being aspirational but not overly extravagant in her fashion choices during a global recession.

She does shop at high end stores in London like Reiss, Whistles and LK Bennett looking for deals, but earlier this year wore a dress she'd borrowed from her mom to give her first public speech.

"Carole is a true bargain-hunter," says one source. "She has always been very strict with her money and would never allow her daughter to be ripped off -- so she taught her how to barter."

Kate is a bargain hunter at shops and goes sans stylist; the fashionista chooses all her outfits on her own, with her mom's  -- and likely Will's -- guidance on occasion. And she doesn't hesitate to recyle dresses, as is the case with her blue M Missoni coat dress, which she bought second hand and has worn to several events this year. 

Whatever her choices, Kate creates a fashion frenzy with whatever she wears.

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Posted by Neil Morton
2012-06-25, 12:29:57

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