The royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton is April 29, and Kate's choice of wedding dress is "one of the most highly anticipated fashion moments of the year," according to UK Vogue. Since the engagement announcement on November 16, 2010, Kate has become a style icon.
You can get the Kate Middleton look for less right here in Cuyahoga Falls. The vintage shops in the Riverfront District carry the hats, whimsies, fascinators, gloves and other accessories Kate wears at affordable prices.
Sea Houser, owner of The Hidden Pearl, says Kate Middleton favors primary and neutral colors, such as red, blue, black and cream. If Kate wears a hat or a whimsy (a small hairpiece with a veil), she keeps the rest of her accessories simple.
Houser advises you wear the hat, whimsy or fascinator (a hair accessory bigger than a barrette made of feathers or flowers) tilted over where your hair is parted, like Kate. Add a pair of gloves and a clutch for true Kate Middleton style. She is also famous for her coats and coat dresses, and The Hidden Pearl has a few Kate-like coats.
Angelo Eleo, owner of Signature Antiques and Vintage Clothing, says she's seen a heightened interest in these types of accessories since the royal engagement announcement. Wide brimmed hats have been popular.
Sea Houser agrees and says along with hats she's sold teacups. She recently sold a whimsy and a wide brim hat to a mother who planned to send them to her daughter in North Carolina. The daughter is hosting a royal wedding party the day of the wedding.
"Definitely more interest in hats since the announcement of the royal wedding," said Karen Davies, owner of Secret Past.
"Ladies parties and tea parties are going on," Davies added.