Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle Wardrobes Comparison
If there's something specific about Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, it's their incredible fashion sense and style. Millions of women across the world can only dream about these two royals' millionaire wardrobe. But who among them spends the most in fashion. Perhaps, you'll be utterly astonished by the answer!
How Much does Kate Spend on Her Wardrobe?
Though Kate is known for recycling her wardrobe by reusing her outfits whenever she gets the chance and shopping from Zara or H&M occasionally, the truth is that most of her collections are significantly expensive. According to the website UFO No More, the Duchess of Cambridge spent around $85,097 on new clothes in 2018.
Though it's comparatively a lot more than a normal woman's wardrobe expenditure, this number is actually lower than the $130,000 Kate spent in 2017, but this can be explained by the fact that she was on maternity break for most of the year. Perhaps she didn't shop as many new clothes as she normally does!
How much does Meghan Markle Spend on Her Wardrobe?
Meghan Markle is known for her expensive taste, and the fact makes an impeccable match in her wardrobe costs for 2018. Spending around $509,278, Meghan had Kate looking like the most prudent shopper ever. She peaked the ranking for the royals with the most expensive wardrobe, with Crown Princess Mary of Denmark taking her follow-up at number 2 with a wardrobe tagged at $144,349.
A closer look at the collections in the closet paves an easier way to understand the costly price tags! Meghan's wedding Cartier jewelry costs $233,000. Moreover, this was her first year as a member of the royal family, and her entire wardrobe collection had to be upgraded without question.
So, Who Spends the Most on Royal Clothes?
Although Kate and Meghan fill their closet with designer clothes, Kate makes a better fan of Alexander McQueen and Chanel while Meghan has a thing for Carolina Herrara and Givenchy. All of this hint to one thing —Kate's wardrobe is comparatively more expensive than Meghan's.
While Kate's average designer clothes cost around $33,590, Meghan's costs around $29,635, almost $4,000 lesser than her sister-in-law. Despite the comparison, both the royal ladies make it up for owning their respective wardrobe collections that are collectively jaw-dropping!
Kate's Most Iconic Outfits—Green Alexander McQueen Coat - $3,950
Kate donned her royal look in this custom made emerald green Alexander McQueen coat on her visit to the 1st Battalion Irish Guards at Cavalry Barracks, Hounslow, on St. Patrick's Day in 2019. She paired the look with a gold shamrock brooch from the royal family's private jewelry collection, which, as a custom, is usually loaned to royal members during official events.
Kate completed the chic look with a pair of Gianvito Rossi heels priced at $676, and dazzling Kiki McDonough's Green Tourmaline and Green Amethyst Oval Drop earrings. Coming to the question of whether this was the first time Kate was spotted wearing a long green coat, then perhaps not! Her choice of a long green coat seems to be a choice of tradition in other St. Patrick's Days from previous years.
Dolce & Gabanna White Lace Dress - $5,995
The Duchess of Cambridge wore a Dolce & Gabanna white lace dress to the second day that marked the Royal Ascot in 2016. The pearl-white dress was an impeccable fit to her figure, and it was so flowy that it seemed to glide as Kate walked. To complete the look, she added a pair of Gianvito Rossi suede heels and an LK Bennett Natalie clutch.
Perhaps, it wasn't the first time the Duchess wore the $5,995 dress, though! This white lace dress also revealed to be a perfect fit for the Queen's 90th birthday Gala. Back then, Kate topped the look with a red Zara blazer. A view from all these hints that Kate is a fan of lace dresses as she has been spotted wearing different collections for several occasions.
Chanel Tweed Dress - $10,000
The Duchess went for a classic Chanel tweed dress during her official visit to Paris with her husband, Prince William. When she was in France, Kate preferred to go French! So the wisely chosen brand from the French label couldn't be more perfect. Reportedly custom made and based on a 2017 pre-spring collection, Kate never failed to make an impression wearing it!
She finished the look with a Chanel belt that was engraved with the label's iconic brand logo on it and coupled the finish with a small lady bag in Burgundy, also from Chanel. Overall, the entire collection cost around $10,000. Though expensive, the wardrobe is justified by the fact that it was a formal royal tour, and Kate couldn't have settled for a better brand than Chanel to honor the host nation.
Alexander McQueen Pink Dress - $14,000
A closer look at Kate's collections makes it easier to see that Alexander McQueen is undoubtedly one of her favorite designer labels as she often chooses it for official royal engagements. In 2017, she opted for a blush pink Alexander McQueen dress at her sister Pippa Middleton's wedding to James Matthews. This dress cannot be lifted down from any store as it is a bespoke piece!
The Duchess complemented the look with a pair of Gianvito Rossi heels in Pralines suede, which she's often spotted wearing. The collection is undoubtedly a favorite of hers, and Kate owns pairs in different colors like red, black, and burgundy. The pin hat she crowned her look with was by Jane Taylor and appears to have been made exclusively for the royal. The entire collection cost around $14,000.
Alexander McQueen Wedding Dress - $332,000
Kate's most expensive dress to date was her wedding dress, which isn't surprising at all! The wedding gown she wore at her wedding to Prince William was fashioned by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen. The Duchess worked closely with the designer to make sure that the final dress came out exactly as she had pictured in her mind: an amalgamation of tradition and modernity.
Though the dress doesn't compare to Princess Diana's whopping 25-feet-long wedding train, Kate's wedding dress featured a pretty lengthy finish, at 9 feet. The lacework was entirely handmade by the Royal School of Needlework, and the design was utterly Victorian-inspired with its narrow waist and chic padding below the mid-section. It cost around $332,000.
Meghan's Most Iconic Outfits—Blue Cape Safiyaa Dress - $1,431
In 2018, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry visited Fiji during their 16-day official tour of the British Commonwealth. This event marked not only the first time a royal member advanced towards the Pacific archipelago since the military takeover in 2006, but also Meghan Markle's first state dinner since she became a royal. It was also the first time her baby bump was noticed.
For this special event, the Duchess of Sussex went for a blue caped dress by Safiyaa, which elegantly wrapped her baby bump tightly, making the fact of the pregnancy more evident to the world. The shade of the dress was attired in Fijian blue in honor of the hosting country. The outfit was accessorized with diamond earrings, which reportedly belonged to Queen Elizabeth, Prince Harry's grandmother.
Navy Blue Roland Mouret Dress - $2,165
Meghan Markle was spotted wearing a navy blue Rolan Mouret midi dress within 24 hours before her wedding to Prince Harry in 2018. To complete the look, she paired the outfit with a grey suede Manolo Blahnik heels. During the event, the couple was seemingly helping Meghan's mother check-in at the Cliveden House Hotel in Berkshire.
Nevertheless, it ended up becoming one of her most fashionable looks to date. But it wasn't just the public that fell for her dress. The Duchess was a great fan of the label, and just a couple of months after that day, she was seen sporting a grey, long-sleeved version of the same Roland Mouret outfit.
Sparkling Roland Mouret Dress - $6,000
In 2019, Meghan attired one of her most glamorous dresses to date while attending a Cirque du Soleil performance with her husband, Prince Harry, at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The dazzling floor-length "Sarandon" gown fashioned by Ronald Mouret featured a chic boat-neck design, which is often seen in Meghan's outfits.
She paired the gorgeous dress with a pair of strapped heels by Stuart Weitzman, costing around $398. The Duchess completed the look with a bracelet that once belonged to her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana, and a satin clutch from the Givenchy label.
Oscar de la Renta Bird Dress - $12,800
Meghan chose a stunning fairytale-like dress to wear at the Australian Geographic Society Awards, where she even presented the Young Conservationist of the Year Award to Sophia Skarparis for her dedication and work to promoting plastic bags ban in New South Wales, Australia.
The Oscar de la Renta dress that hailed from the pre-fall 2018 collection featured a stunning patchwork of embellishments resembling birds, fashioned by designer Sarah Esmoingt. This was Meghan's first red carpet moment during her royal tour with Harry, and she truly made a strong impression. The outfit was complemented with a pair of her favorite Aquazzura Deneuve black suede bow pumps that cost $750.
Givenchy Wedding Dress - $265,000
Just like Kate, Meghan Markle's most expensive outfit in her wardrobe happens to be her wedding dress! Designed by British Clare Waight Keller, Givenchy's famous artistic director, the $265,000 boatneck wedding gown featured a sequin of sown flowers that represented the 53 nations of the Commonwealth, similar to Queen Elizabeth II's wedding dress. It was paired with a 16-feet-long silk veil.
The outfit was complimented for its simple yet extremely graceful design, which was fashioned for a real person and not a princess. After Meghan was spotted in the dress, some said it meant a fusion of her independence and tradition. Moreover, the choice of the designer wasn't random, either. The designer was chosen not only because she was British, but also since she was the first female designer of the French brand.
After discovering all this, for sure, the British royals can never be pointed at for lacking fashion sense! What was your favorite outfit from the ones mentioned in this article? Let us know what you think in the comments sections. Do not forget to share this article!