Kate Middleton’s Mini Croc-Effect Bag Is An Edgy Addition To Her Wardrobe
Royals tend to stick to more refined, classic staples that withstand time and trends, but Kate Middleton's mini-croc effect bag is proof that even a duchess can't resist getting her hands on the latest accessory craze. Not only are crocodile-print pieces reigning supreme in the fashion world this season, but now, they're officially royal-approved. There's no better time than now to snag a croc-effect bag for yourself — and Middleton proves just how easy they are to style.
On Nov. 28, Middleton and Prince William made a stop in Leicester City in the United Kingdom. For the outing, the Duchess wore an outfit that was right in line with her signature style — one that's elegant, refined, and timeless. Her perfect cold-weather look consisted of a gray Catherine Walker coat dress that features large button-detailing, a peter pan collar, and a pleated skirt. She rounded out her ensemble with simple black tights and her go-to suede pumps.
While Middleton's coat dress was the true focal point of her outfit, there was one small detail that simply couldn't be missed: a shiny, croc-effect bag. It was an unexpectedly edgy, though nonetheless welcomed, addition to the Duchess' refined look, who usually steps out with a polished clutch or tote in a traditional hue.
As it turns out, though, the Wed. outing wasn't the first time Middleton carried the bag. On Oct. 9, while attending the the inaugural Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit in London, she coordinated a lavender Emilia Wickstead dress with the same croc-effect accessory, but rather than opting for stark black, she chose the soft lilac version.
Middleton's boxy bag, the Midi Mayfair by Aspinal of London, is hand-crafted from the finest, black croc-print Italian calf leather. It features a top handle as well as a detachable strap, so you can carry it in hand or wear it as a crossbody. The best part, though? It's available in five different colors, including the Duchess' black and lilac hues, a deep amethyst, a vibrant topaz, and a classic ivory. And at $725, it's actually one of the more affordable croc-effect bags on the market.
It's safe to say that Middleton has definitely started to venture outside of her usual wheelhouse in the last few weeks. She donned brighter, bolder colors and more statement-making accessories, with the croc-effect bag being the latest example.
Middleton is proof that a croc-effect bag is the perfect, subtle way to lean into the animal-inspired trend. It's slightly more understated than a crocodile-print coat or a pair of shoes, but it still adds that luxe element into a look. Ahead, shop The Zoe Report's roundup of mini croc bags that certainly deserve a spot in your wardrobe.
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Midi Mayfair Bag In Deep Shine Black
Aspinal of London
Channel Middleton and carry this pick by its handle, or go casual and throw the crossbody strap over your shoulder.
Disc Croc-Embossed Satchel in Black
This versatile croc-effect bag will pair well with every outfit this season. Plus, it has the coolest lace-up detailing on the side.
Bissett Bucket Bag
This small but mighty bucket bag is sure to take every outfit to a whole new level of cool.
Black Croc Crossbody Bag
This bag from Pixie Market is the perfect way to get in on the croc-effect trend without breaking the bank. Bonus: Just like Middleton's, it features a top handle as well as a detachable shoulder strap.
Margot Croc-Effect Leather Tote
This bag was inspired by Gwyneth Paltrow's stylish character from the film 'The Royal Tenenbaums.' Rely on this accessory to dress up a casual jeans outfit without much effort.
Amberley Croc-Effect Leather Tote
You'll want to add this croc-effect leather tote to your holiday wishlist ASAP. It's the perfect accessory to incorporate some texture into a sleek black dress.
Agnes Leather Fan Tote
Snag this one while it's on sale. It's currently marked down to $315 from its usual price of $450.
Ball Croc-Effect Leather Tote
This bag's pretty blue hue and the chunky resin sphere at the bottom of the wristlet strap are just two of the many things that make this tote a must-have.
Catherine Crocodile-Effect Leather Shoulder Bag
The deep-red hue on this croc-effect bag is simply too stunning to pass up.
Brown Croc Rectangular Clutch Bag
The Frankie Shop
This rectangular-shaped croc-effect clutch is made of 100 percent vegan leather (and the price tag doesn't hurt, either).