In Defense of Replikating

The burgeonings of the “Kate Effect” could arguably be pinned down to one specific date: 16 November 2010. Since this day (and since that deep sapphire blue Issa dress), women all over the world have been responsible for the rapid depletion of fashion inventory donned by the Duchess. Replikaters love collecting and wearing the designs of their favorite royal style icon.

In the midst of booming business, rising sales and many overflowing closets, the Kate effect has garnered quite a bit of criticism and derision. Some people feel that we are wasting our time attempting to emulate Kate’s style when there are more important issues in the world, and that replikating is a silly, wasteful hobby.

I oppose their stance, and here is why: there are many positive things to note and admire about replikating. It harms no one (unless one is unwisely accumulating credit card debt to pay for replikates), it is exciting to dress like a royal, and it gives us a positive fashion role model to take style cues from.

I will list further reasons as to why the critics are wrong.

  • Everyone needs inspiration sometime: Many women are stuck in a fashion rut, or don’t know how they can change their style. I personally experience this problem frequently. Becoming a replikater has encouraged me to try out new things I would have never thought to try if I hadn’t been following Kate’s evolving style. Her fashion journey has positively influenced my own fashion journey. I never even wore scarves or sunglasses until I started replikating. I owe these wardrobe additions to Kate’s influence.
  • It allows women to bond: I have met so many kind, generous, amiable people since joining the replikate community. It truly feels like a warm and loving community to me. It is amazing to see women supporting each other and working together as friends and sisters. On a personal note: as a teenager, my family didn’t have the money to buy the beautiful clothes I longed to wear. My strict parents also didn’t allow me to hang out with my friends or have friends over, so I could not have the female bonding experience I craved. As a replikater, I feel like I finally have the chance to gush over clothes and accessories with other women, an experience I was denied as a teenager.
  • It lets us discover new brands: There are many British and non-British brands I never heard of until I saw them on Kate. Replikating has opened up the gates for me, exposing me to brands like LK Bennett, Reiss, Whistles, and a slew of other designers. In addition, it allows us to support lesser known designers. Her use of high street pieces means I can wear Azuni, Shelley Silversmith and Mirabelle.
  • It is a healthy hobby: Replikating is a positive and happy hobby for me. I suffer from depression, PTSD and social anxiety disorder. My happier moments are spent scrolling through social media sites looking at my friends’ latest purchases, buying replikates from those who no longer want them, and seeing the multitude of clever and innovative ways my fellow replikaters mix and match their replikates. When my work day has been brutal and overtaxing, coming home and returning to the community is what makes my evening so much brighter.
  • Kate is a positive, conservative style role model for many of us: While the styles of Beyonce and Rihanna are gorgeous and breathtaking, they are not practical for the average woman. Most of us require more demure, modest outfits for work and our daily lives. Kate fills this fashion void. She wears pristine and elegant garments, clothing we can see ourselves wearing. We often look to celebrities for new fashion trends and ideas. Kate is a public figure, but she’s a more relatable public figure. She is the famous woman we can attainably dress like.

 Of all the things in the world one can grouse about, replikating should not be one of them. There are far worse things people can do with their time, and more important things people can object about. A fashion hobby that brings others so much joy and community building should be the least of anyone’s annoyances.

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Bahrain Pearl and Diamond Earrings

On November 13, 2016, Kate brought out a pair of earrings that have been worn in public before, but just not by her.

At the Rememberance Day 2016 event, she accessorised with Queen Elizabeth’s Bahrain earrings.

Photo credit: My Small Obsessions

They are named such because the single pearls which grace the very ends of the pendant components are from a wedding gift bestowed upon Princess Elizabeth from the then ruler of Bahrain. It was a shell containing seven pearls. Two of the seven were used to make these earrings.

Each earring is set with eight white diamonds: a larger round stud acting as the earring’s post, one small round stud just under it, three baguettes arranged with the longer diamond in the center, flanked by two shorter baguettes, three small white diamonds shaped as a triad, and finally the gifted pearls finish off the unit.

Here they are on Kate.

Photo credit: http://www.popsugar.com

Giveaway: Heavenly Necklaces Pearl and Diamond Earrings

Today marks the blog’s second birthday!

To celebrate, I’m giving away one (1) pair of Pearl and Diamond earrings to the reader who correctly guesses which ensemble is my favorite outfit from the recent Paris tour.

Photo credit: http://www.heavenlynecklaces.com

If more than one person chooses the correct outfit, I will place all names in a random generator and select a winner that way.

Catherine Walker Green Coat

Alexander McQueen Sleeveless Black Dress

Jenny Packham Icy Blue Gown

Chanel Tweed Coat dress

Carolina Herrera Red Coat

You must be 18 or older to enter.

The winner will be announced April 18, 2017. Follow me on social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) to find out who wins.

 

 

Shopping with Kate: Vinnie Day Gold Plated Logo Leaf Earrings

I hadn’t intended to buy these earrings, but while scrolling through Instagram I spotted another replikater selling her pair for just $100 USD.

The retail value of these is £128, or $160 USD. I wasn’t sure when I would get such a good discount, so I bought them.

According to Vinnie Day, “These are a wonderful pair of earrings which we find never go ‘out of fashion’.  They are easy to wear both by day and night. Comfortable to keep in the ears.  The hoops themselves are 1.5cm with the leaf hanging off each hoop being 1.5cm so in total the earrings hang 3cm from the ear hole.”

They were sent to me in their original box.

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The gold is a little dulled from time and use, but they still shine well. They are lightweight and look very pretty in person.

My trouble with them came with securing the loop to keep the earring on. The slender metal component that pushes into the ear piercing needs to be slipped into the tiny hole at the other end of the hoop (as you can see in the photo). I had a tremendously difficult time finding the tiny hole, as I cannot see the back of my ear once the earring is in. I would have been able to do it faster if I had someone helping me push it in. It also takes a bit of maneuvering to pull the metal component and hole apart so the metal component doesn’t vacillate on either side of the hole and continuously evade it.

Eventually, I was able to secure it, but by the time it was in, my earlobe was aching and hurting from being pulled, twisted and tugged.

Here they are on my much fatigued ear.

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I don’t recommend these because they are too difficult to fasten. It seems to be quite a bit of work to get them secured. I will keep them because I like the way they look and I think they are beautiful. After my initial experience with them, I suspect I know why Kate doesn’t wear her pair any more. She must have similar troubles locking in the hoop.

These are still in stock at Vinnie Day.

Asprey 167 Button Earrings

On February 4, 2017, at a relay race event to promote Heads Together at Olympic Park, Kate brought out the matching earrings to her 167 Button pendant necklace.

We were not sure about their provenance at first, but after examining photos I contacted Asprey and received confirmation.

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The earrings’ components are the same as the pendant: “central amethyst stone, surrounded by pave diamonds, all set in 18ct white gold.”

Here they are on Kate.

Photo credit: www.zimbio.com
Photo credit: http://www.zimbio.com

I do not currently know the price for these. If I find one I will update.

Shopping with Kate: York Scarves Maple Leaf Tartan Scarf

I held a poll a while back asking readers whether we should expand this blog’s content to feature clothing and accessories worn by Kate. The majority voted “yes”. Some people did vote ” no”. Out of respect for these people, I will limit the posts that are not related to jewelry to only exact items worn or used by Kate.For non-jewelry items, please check out: Replikate Community.

Today’s example is an item worn by Kate during the Royal Tour of Canada in 2016.

Photo credit: www.zimbio.com
Photo credit: http://www.zimbio.com

York Scarves sells their products wholesale, making it impossible for the average consumer to purchase from them directly. An Etsy shop named Juniper Accessories carries York Scarves. It was from this shop I ordered my scarf.

The scarf arrived within three weeks time of order confirmation. It shipped from the UK to NYC. It was mailed in a plastic gray mailer. The scarf itself was neatly folded and encased in clear plastic wrap.

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The scarf is thinner than I expected, making wrapping and arranging easy. It doesn’t feel heavy or cumbersome around my neck, and it keeps me warm in cold December. The material is soft and feels comfortable against my skin.

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The current listing price on Juniper Accessories is $12.85. I paid just under $6 for shipping.

 

Teardrop Diamond Cluster Pendant Earrings

On November 22, 2016, Kate wore this pair of diamond earrings.

We know she borrowed them from the Queen, because HM wore them in 2012.

Photo credit: My Small Obsessions
Photo credit: My Small Obsessions

The main component of the earrings is a substantial pendant drop. The drop features a loop of small white diamonds formed into a teardrop shape. The center of the loop contains a linear formation of diamonds: three small bezels and one larger at the bottom. The pendant is affixed to a pear shaped stud. The stud features a single white diamond in a halo setting. Flanking the section between the pendant and stud are two marquise diamonds.

Here they are on Kate:

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