Queen Elizabeth Caused a Major Spike in These Two Spring Trends

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When we think of royal trendsetters, our mind instantly goes to Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and Princess Diana, but let’s not forget the matriarch of the family (and OG royal fashion icon), Queen Elizabeth. We’ve always been fans of the monarch’s brightly colored ensembles and we absolutely adore her habit of matching her umbrella to her outfit. But most recently, the queen inspired a major shopping spike for two spring trends—green and brooches.

As you may have already guessed, the bump came right after Her Majesty’s television appearance on April 6, when she addressed the people of the U.K. (and royals fans around the globe) regarding the COVID-19 health crisis.

For the event, Queen Elizabeth chose to wear a Kelly green dress, accessorized with a triple strand of pearls and a brooch adorned with a turquoise stone and diamonds. As you might expect, each of these choices was very much intentional.

The bright green hue of her frock was a nod to the scrubs most often worn by NHS workers and is also meant to represent spring and time of rebirth and renewal. As for the brooch, it first belonged to Queen Mary, Elizabeth’s grandmother. (It’s actually part of the same collection of jewels as Meghan Markle’s wedding tiara.) And while the exact intention behind the queen sporting the rarely-seen brooch is unclear, there are a few theories.

Turquoise has long been thought of as a stone of healing, love and protection, all of which the public is in great need of right now. It’s also possible Her Majesty was paying homage to her grandmother who supported King George V during World War I. Perhaps it was an acknowledgment of all that the people of England have survived hardships over the years. Whatever the reason for Queen Elizabeth’s unusual accessory, it didn’t take long before searches for both green and brooches skyrocketed.

Within three hours of her TV appearance, searches for the color green spiked by 52 percent, while queries for brooches were up 115 percent, according to the online shopping platform Lyst. Among the most popular brooch styles people are lusting after? Chanel. (Of course.) Feeling inspired? Same. Here are 15 pieces that will let you copy the Queen’s style.

1. alice + Olivia Delora Knit Bodycon Dress

This comfy knit frock has a similar crewneck and structured silhouette to Queen E’s dress, just with more stretch (and therefore, more comfort).

Available in sizes 0 to 10

2. cece Tie Sleeve Shift Dress

Girly ties at the elbow have yet to be worn by Queen Elizabeth, but they’ll look perfect for your cousin’s bridal shower in August.

Available in sizes 14 to 24

3. 1901 Stripe T-shirt Dress

Just like your favorite easy tee, only in dress form.

Available in sizes XS to XL

4. l’academie The Lorriana Mini Dress

So, you love the color but want something a bit more party-ready? Here’s the mini dress for that.

Available in sizes XXS to XL

5. bardot Daytona Dress

The belt is detachable, so you can add a pop of royal green to any ensemble.

Available in sizes XS to L

6. blanca Vita Midi Shift Dress

This green frock has the color, the neckline and it’s machine washable. A true triple threat.

Available in sizes 4 to 12

7. vince Camuto Cinched Waist Jumpsuit

Dresses not really your vibe? Sport this flowy jumpsuit, instead.

Available in sizes M to XL

1. adriana Orsini Azlyn Rhodium-plated Sterling Silver & Cubic Zirconia Brooch

A little bit of green and a whole lot of sparkle makes this geometric pin a must-have in our book.

2. oscar De La Renta Taj Goldtone Embellished Brooch

We love the unexpected shape and stone placement on this paisley-inspired gold drop.

3. vince Camuto Organic Pearl Brooch

A nod to the Queen’s strand of pearls and brooch, in one showstopping piece.

4. fallon Silver-tone Crystal And Pearl Brooch

This delicate starburst will look gorgeous pinned on anything in your closet, from bold patterns to bright solid hues.

It may not be a Tudor rose (the official flower of England), but it sure is stunning.

6. chanel Brooch

Dress styles may come and go, but a Chanel brooch is forever.

7. gucci Crystal-embellished Brooch

Or, you can swap those double Cs for double Gs, for an equally timeless accoutrement.

8. oscar De La Renta Swarovski Crystal Pavé Cutout Flower Brooch

The delicate petals add just the right amount of glitz to your lapel, without stealing the spotlight.



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