By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Not classy! Lydia Bright tried to recreate the same ensemble as Kate today, she did not quite pull off the look
Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge turned heads in her £175 beige Reiss dress last week but when Lydia Bright tried to recreate the same ensemble today, she did not quite pull off the look.
The Only Way Is Essex star was spotted strutting into a London office with a Selfridges bag in tow, wearing the same high street dress as Kate.
But instead of displaying a classic royal style, Lydia’s ill-fitting dress was not flattering and the Essex girl even had VPL.
Just like Kate, she also paired the above-the-knee number with black heels but Lydia’s clunky shoes were anything but dainty.
At least the handbag's different! Lydia wears the same Reiss dress and black heels like Kate but carries a different bag
The camel-coloured ‘Shola’ design is from one of the Duchess’s favourite brands and she wore the Reiss frock to meet Barack and Michelle Obama during their UK visit last week.
After the new bride showed off her impeccable figure in the design, the fashion chain’s website crashed and the dress sold out within 24 hours.
VPL: Lydia was displaying visible panty line through the dress as we caught a glimpse of her underwear
Obviously Lydia was one of the women to flock to the site to quickly grab herself the same dress.
After the mania, it was advertised on eBay for £600 and a £30 copy is being prepared by Tesco.
Reiss then announced that the dress will be re-released in five to six weeks to cater for the demand.
Special occasion: Kate wore her Reiss dress last week while meeting Michelle Obama (right) and President Obama
But after more investigation into the British fashion chain, it was found that the original Reiss dress was manufactured by women paid only 99p an hour in a poor suburb of Romania’s capital.
It was produced for less than £15 by seamstresses earning significantly less than the average salary for textile workers in the Eastern European nation.
The 170 employees of clothing firm Rimcor Ex work in a factory which resembles an industrial compound with bars on the windows, 8ft walls and solid metal fences.
Red carpet glamour: Lydia looking lovely at the Bafta TV Awards with on/off boyfriend James Argent
But the average high street shopper is no doubt blissfully unaware of how their favourite dresses find their way onto the shelves.
Lydia Bright was back in London after her recent trip to Marbella, Spain, with the rest of her cast-mates from The Only Way Is Essex.
And despite her underwear being on show through the ill-fitting dress, her holiday tan did suit the beige frock nicely.