'Royal' Blue Dresses at Commoner Prices

Did you like the blue dress that Kate Middleton wore when she and Prince William announced their engagement? You and everybody else; the $600 dress sold out within hours.

Lucky for those of us with less royal budgets, similar dresses are available just about everywhere at every price point. Blue is guaranteed to be a hot color this year, now that Kate Middleton's made such a splash in it, and you'll certainly stand out at the holiday party in a sea of black and red. Plus, that bright shade of blue is one of the few colors that looks good on just about everyone.

This pretty sleeveless party dress from Kohl's mimics the waist-enhancing detail of Middleton's:

It's black, not blue, but this knot-front dress, also from Kohl's, has a similar neckline and twisted front detail. It would be ideal for days when you have to run right from work to a party:

Feeling a bit more daring? Try these:


So they tell me the 1990s are back, and I certainly remember seeing dresses similar to this one in college. It's a definite statement. And if you're much older than college age? One word: Spanx.

I think the one-shoulder trend hasn't gathered much steam, but if you like it, Forever 21 has this bright blue one-shoulder for the whopping sum of $10.


Will you be rocking the royal blue this holiday season?

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