It’s certainly a nice gesture on Banana Republic’s part to try and design a lower-priced version the Reiss “Shola” dress Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, but ick. The “Kate Sheath” doesn’t look nearly as nice a dress as the one Catherine wore to meet President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on May 24th, 2011.
Just back from her honeymoon in the Seychelles with Prince William, Catherine showed off her fantastic tan and trim body in the beige bandage dress, which flattered her immensely. According to Us Weekly, a Reiss spokesperson told the Washington Post that sales spike 300% after people saw photos of the Duchess at Buckingham Palace.
The almond colored dress, which retails for $130, features a skirt with a very odd length that highlights only the worst areas of one’s body. It’s just…it’s not cute.