Before the wedding gown comes another just-as-special outfit for many brides-to-be, and that's the engagement party dress. If you're celebrating that too-perfect engagement ring on your finger with a pre-wedding, popped question bash you're going to need a fabulous little frock just as special as your new sparkler. It sets the stage for all the bridal ensembles to come as your begin your wedding journey after all, so who better to look to for some serious fashion inspiration than one of the most iconic brides of recent years — Kate Middleton.
Remember the midnight blue, wrap-style dress the Duchess of Cambridge donned to announce her engagement to Prince William? Well if you've been lusting after that famous dress and dreaming of wearing it for your own engagement event, you're in luck! The designer just released an almost-identical version of the iconic dress. Best of all? It's totally within budget — promise!
In 2010, before Kate Middleton became the Duchess of Cambridge, the brunette beauty appeared in her first-ever televised interview to chat about her new relationship status. With her soon-to-be husband by her side, the Duchess sparkled on-screen almost as much as her heirloom engagement ring. And that's in part thanks to her Issa dress that matched her new sapphire stone to a tee.
The silk-jersey frock featured a V-neckline, long sleeves, and a wrap waist detail that was ultra-flattering. If you need anymore convincing that you NEED this darling dress hanging in your closet, the totally affordable price tag might just do the trick. You can now snag a copy-cat version of the dress for only $175 — a total bargain compared to the original's $535 price tag.
Photo: Courtesy of Monsoon
According to People, Daniella Helayel — the founder behind the Issa brand — has just released a capsule collection with the U.K. label Monsoon. And we couldn't help but recognize a certain special frock amongst all the pretty pieces. The collection's "Gisele" dress (see above) bares a striking resemblance to Middleton's engagement dress — navy hue, accentuated waist, and all.
Picturing yourself toasting your new almost-Mrs. status wearing the beautiful blue dress? Buy it here before it's gone! We're sure Kate won't mind you stealing her style...