Kate Middleton dresses her kids in a mix of designer and high-street outfits – we pitted Gucci against Next to see if it’s worth splashing out – The Sun

DESPITE being a royal and having fashion houses on speed-dial, the Duchess of Cambridge is surprisingly thrifty when it comes to dressing her children.

While Princess Charlotte, four, has been spotted in a £175 Marie Chantel dress, Kate, 37, will often team it with high-street shoes and George, six, has been spotted playing in a green £6 H&M polo shirt.

But when your little ones are running riot on the beach or causing chaos at a family wedding, can you really tell the difference between a £585 look and a £29.50 high-street copy?

Thankfully, our favourite price-friendly brands are constantly taking inspiration from posh designers to keep up with current trends meaning, like Kate, we can all be savvy when it comes to our kids' wardrobes.

Mum-of-two Scarlett Jules-Pugh, 34, from Brighton – whose daughter Skye, five, is our model – says she loves to dress her kids in new, on-trend outfits but isn't convinced about forking out hundreds of pounds for them.

She told Fabulous Digital: "Every mum knows that kids grow out of clothes within weeks and keeping anything spotless for a whole day is near-on impossible.

Princess Charlotte wore a £175 floral dress, while Prince George rocked a £6 H&M top at the polo 

"Sticky fingers, grass stains and spaghetti sauce are just some of the things I battle with on a daily basis, so while I love designer clothes I'm not sure I could justify the price tag."

From swimwear to adorable dresses for a special occasion, we’ve found the best designer look-alikes out now so your little one can look stylish on any budget.

Fancy dress: Dressing up for the occasion

Kate loves Marie Chantal designs, a clothing label founded in 2000 by Princess Marie Chantal of Greece.

The brand's Celina dress features a small pointed collar, pintuck detailing on the front and is made with a wild flower Liberty print.

We paired the sweet frock with dainty Charlotte Olympic kitty flats, which are adorned with jewel-eyes and gold embroidered cat faces.

  • Celina Liberty  fabric dress, £175, Marie Chantal – buy now 
  • Incy Kitty flats, £193, Charlotte Olympia – buy now 

Designer cost = £368

For parents who want to save a staggering £338.01, it's time to hit the British high-street.

H&M has a patterned chiffon sleeveless dress with pretty flounces down the front that looks incredibly similar to the Marie Chantal design.

Marks and Spencer's Mary Jane rabbit shoes are also just as adorable as the Charlotte Olympia kitty flats with their gold metallic faces and beady eyes.

  • Floral chiffon dress, £14.99, H&M – buy now
  • Mary Jane rabbit shoes, £15, M&S – buy now

High street cost =£29.99

Make a splash: Hitting the beach

It's hard to resist splashing out on a stylish pool outfit for your little one when the designs are this cute.

OAS' white cherry print swimsuit is crafted from a quick-drying material and features a low backline.

Meanwhile, these neon pink Gucci rubber sliders are wipe-clean and feature the Italian fashion house's iconic logo.

  • Cherry swimsuit, £50, OAS – buy now
  • Pink sliders, £165, Gucci – buy now

Designer cost= £215

But, if you'd rather spend £199 on ice-creams, M&S and River Island do some fantastic near-identical dupes.

Marks & Spencer is selling a cherry-print one-piece in ages three to 16. The main difference is it features a zip back and lighter colour motif.

And River Island's jelly sliders are just as eye-catching as Gucci's thanks to the neon hue and bold logo design.

  • Cherry print swimsuit, £6, M&S – buy now 
  • Neon pink jelly sliders, £10, River Island – buy now

High street cost = £16

Keep it casual: Every day wear

Pinafore dresses are always a huge hit when dressing for school or a trip to the park.

Bon Point is selling goatskin tan leather dungarees that feature one chest pocket and adjustable shoulder straps.

Chloe has a pretty ivory embroidered top, which would look perfect worn underneath, and the statement Gucci trainers add a bold edge.

  • White frill t-shirt, £99, Chloé – buy now 
  • Tan leather dungaree dress, £76, Bon Point – buy now 
  • White trainers, £210, Gucci – buy now 

Designer cost= £585

Fortunately, Next has come to the rescue for mums who want the designer look on a shoestring budget.

Their camel cord pinafore looks incredibly cute with the a white frill vest – that handily comes in a pack of eight different colours.

Meanwhile, River Island is selling a Gucci trainer dupe featuring a green and red stripe plus gold bee detailing.

  • White frill vest, £20 for 8, Next – buy now 
  • Cord pinafore dress, £11, Next – buy now 
  • Stripe bee plimsolls, £16, River Island – buy now

High street cost = £29.50

Want more designer dupes? Poundland is selling a £9 lookalike of Gucci’s £445 iconic bee trainers. 

Kate Middleton fans can buy a dupe of her engagement ring from M&S for £19.50.

And finally, Primark is selling LOL Surprise-themed children’s clothes – and they’d made perfect Christmas presents.







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