Lainey, my favorite gossip writer who writes on-point analysis about the Hollywood/fame machine, on Kate Middleton:
Spend $200 on a dress so that people won’t think you’re extravagant, but get $500 worth of royal tailoring, or more, to make it fit like it’s bespoke. Of course she does. That’s a luxury few of us have access to. Besides, you don’t need to put that much effort if you just spent the $700 to begin with on a higher end dress. But this is the kind of calculation that got her where she is.