Who wore it best? Kate Middleton or TOWIE’s Lydia Bright in Reiss’s Shola dress

Well, this week’s style-off is quite an interesting prospect. Levelling two women from opposite sides of the social spectrum, our newly-fashioned Duchess of Cambridge and TOWIE’s rather dusky looking export Lydia Bright both donned the demand-always-exceeds-supply-when-Kate-wears-it Reiss Shola dress.

Kate Middleton wore the sold-out dress for her meeting with First Lady Michelle Obama last week. Classically beautiful and as painfully elegant as we’ve accepted is standard, Kate kept her look simple with pointed black courts and matching clutch.

Her willowy figure, endless height and fresh Seychellois tan offer the perfect backdrop for this undemanding look. The asymmetric overlay design and banded waist is enough to draw attention to the dress, so Kate struck style success with a high-collared, fuss-free necklace.

But down-scaling the style a notch to the leafy suburbs and bizarrely orange part-population of Essex, it seems The Only Way Is Essex star Lydia Bright managed to get her hands on the coveted camel dress.

She donned the Shola dress whilst shopping in London this week, pairing it with bulky bow detail heels and an unapologetically large handbag.

Lydia’s dismal effort to recreate Kate’s elegant look is made worse by the fact that the dress is ill-fit and creased, making the asymmetric pleats appear puffy. Far too much appears to be going on with the statement necklace, and the large Selfridges bag unflatteringly slung off one shoulder is a big no-no.

But who do you think carried off Reiss‘s Shola dress better? Can anyone ever really work a dress after The Middleton has worn it? As always, your thoughts below.

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