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Pull off the Kate Middleton look with a £21 coat

Sarah Rainey

Every girl dreams of being a princess for a day.

With her glossy hair and military-style coat, Royal bride-to-be Kate Middleton showed us all how to do it when she visited Northern Ireland with fiancé Prince William.

The princess-in-waiting wowed fashion critics in her belted cream trench coat, trademark black tights and killer heels.

Although I have yet to meet my Prince Charming, it can't hurt to look the part - so I had a go at pulling off Kate's classic look. While Kate's coat was a wool, slim-fit designer trench with a frilled hem, mine was a belted Mac from Belfast city centres's very own Dunnes Stores outlet.

Fashion websites have branded the local lookalike "the perfect way to steal Kate's style" and after wearing it for a day, it's not hard to see why.

With their matching belted detail, epaulettes and buttoned cuffs, the coats are difficult to tell apart - in all but their price tags.

Kate's outfit reportedly cost a respectable £650 from designer brand Burberry, while my bargain buy was just £21.

Walking through the aptly-named Royal Avenue in Belfast, I felt quite regal as a gust of wind caught my new coat, just as one did Kate's on Tuesday.

But without a prince on my arm it was hard to look the part of a princess-to-be - and the thin material was no match for the chilly March day.

Local thoughts on the coat were positive, with some Prince William admirers hoping the outfit would help them fall into the arms of a Royal.

Stacey Caldwell (21), a student from Banbridge, said Kate's clothes for her trip to Belfast were "classy".

"I think it's quite a traditional, young look and she has great dress sense," she said.

"I'm not sure I'd buy the coat, but definitely one or two of her dresses."

Sophie Pike (19), a shop assistant from Lisburn, was quite taken with the Dunnes lookalike.

"Kate dresses in a quite demure way and I love that she doesn't look like she's trying too hard," she said.

"I would buy the Dunnes coat, it's a great likeness."

Meanwhile Lesley Magee (19), a student from Letterkenny, said she would love to look like Kate.

"She's so classy - she'll become a real fashion icon when she marries Prince William," she said.

"If I was taller I'd definitely buy the coat, it's a great shape."

Factfile

  • Kate wore a nude-coloured wool trench coat with frilled hem, available from Burberry for £650. With a belted waist and matching cuffs, the coat is a mid-length design with an aviator chin strap and two front-slanted pockets.
  • Sarah wore a lookalike double-breasted trench coat from Dunnes Stores. The £21 stone-coloured coat has epaulette shoulder detail, marbled buttons and a brass belt at the waist. It is also fitted with two side pockets.

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