Duchess of Cambridge indulges in some retail therapy…as it is revealed women spend 250 each to look like Duchess

Duchess of Cambridge

The Duchess of Cambridge, pictured this month, was spotted indulging in some retail therapy yesterday

Onlookers on the King's Road were yesterday treated to the sight of the Duchess of Cambridge indulging in some retail therapy.

Kate was spotted at trendy designer store Anonymous by Ross+Bute in the late afternoon, where she purchased another top to add to her collection.

The Duchess browsed around for about ten minutes and chose a few items to take into the fitting room.

She finally settled on a purple jewel top – on sale at 84.50, down from 169.

The Duchess is often seen shopping in the Chelsea area, where she regularly has her hair done at Duke of York Square salon Richard Ward.

The top will no doubt be a sell-out as it was recently revealed women spend an average of 250 each to look like the Duchess of Cambridge, retail experts calculated.

And Burberry today posted a boom in sales after a 650 trench Kate wore sold out overnight.

The fashion label, unsurprisingly, plays down the
influence of the young Royal, instead crediting a market-leading
social networks policy, and having shops in all the right places.

But the Kate effect has been clear from the start.

Kate jumper

On sale: Kate purchased a purple jumper from Ross+Bute on sale at 84.50 – down from 169

Clothing chain Reiss, one of Kate's favourites, also posted a near
doubling of profits.

When Kate, 30, wore a 310 black velvet coat
by Liblula to a wedding, it sold out in hours.

The blue Issa dress she wore on announcing her engagement to Prince William also sold out on the day Kate wore it.

A 16 Tesco copy sold out within an hour of going online.

Duchess of Cambridge

 Kate Middleton

Duchess effect: The Reiss dress Kate wore when meeting Michelle Obama, left, and the Burberry trench coat she wore last March, are just two of the items that have sold out

Retail analysts estimate the Duchess effect is responsible for boosting the economy by 1bn.

Alexandra Richmond from Mintel said: 'Women in the UK aged 25-34 and are most likely to want to recreate the style of the Duchess of Cambridge.

'The average dress from Reiss nudges the 200 mark and the versatile nude LK Bennett sledge shoes cost 195.

'Even the occasional chelsea blow-dry or the outlay on hair styling products to recreate her glossy hair style would all add to the spend.

'They could easily spend 250 a year buying into a couple of pieces that she owns. This would see Kate's influence generate spend in the region of 1bn.

'In a way, it enables us to buy into a little bit of her fairytale lifestyle – particularly during these austere times when a little escapism goes a long way.'