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Queen of the high street: Letizia wears Massimo Dutti dress for official Perú presidential trip
By thinkSPAIN Team Wed, Feb 27, 2019
QUEEN Letizia has once again featured in official photographs wearing an outfit within the reach of mere mortals’ pockets and readily available on the high street – this time, a dress from Massimo Dutti retailing at €99.95.
Five months ago at the Princess of Asturias Awards – named after her daughter and first heir to the throne, 13-year-old Leonor – the Queen Consort of Spain was spotted wearing a €26 chequered tunic top with a tie waist from another, cheaper Inditex brand, Zara, and which, by the very next day, had sold out in all stores across Spain as well as online in all bar size XS, meaning only girls and women who typically wear sizes 32 to 36 (4-8 in the UK; 0-4 in the USA) were able to copy Royal style with enough change out of €30 for a couple of coffees and a doughnut to reward their efforts.
And in summer 2015, a black T-shirt with a white logo in tribute to German-Czech author Kafka, designed exclusively for Delirio publishing house by Eduardo Scala, had the editorial working flat out for months delivering the sought-after top Queen Letizia combined with espadrilles and white trousers – but without breaking the bank for anyone, given that it retailed at just €15 plus delivery costs.
Just to prove she does not only pick affordable high-street pieces for lounging around at home or nipping to the shops, as well as wearing the Zara top for the prestigious global awards ceremony and the Kafka T-shirt for official holiday snaps at her Mallorca residence in Marivent, Queen Letizia chose the Massimo Dutti frock for her first Royal meeting with Peruvian president Martín Vizcarra and First Lady Maribel Díaz.
A midi front-buttoning piece in black and grey snake-print, the mid-calf-length long-sleeved shirt dress was combined with a beige buttonless wool coat and brightened up with red stiletto-heeled pointy-toed Mary Janes, probably by the Monarch’s favourite brand, Magrit.
Made in the southern Alicante province city of Elda – which, along with its larger neighbour Elche and smaller neighbour Petrer, are home to Europe’s, if not the world’s, largest shoe-making industry – Magrits worn by the Queen are frequently custom-made and come in at between €420 and €990, but the brand can usually be picked up from high-street shoe boutiques for around €200; expect to pay a minimum of €180 a pair, but if you go footwear-hunting in the sales, you’ll easily net some for half price or less, sometimes starting at as little as €50 or €60 at the latter end of the summer and January price roll-back seasons.
Also, Magrit shoes often have handbags to match, typically for about the same price, and sometimes still available several seasons later; you might strike lucky and get both in one hit with change out of €200 if you search hard enough.
The Massimo Dutti dress has, of course, mostly sold out, although women blessed with a very slim figure may well be in luck if they check their local stores – there is usually a Massimo Dutti on most high streets – or online, where sizes 34, 36 and 38 (6, 8 and 10 in the UK; 2, 4 and 6 in the USA) are still available; unlike its budget sister Zara, where sizes tend to come up much smaller than their equivalents in other Spanish brands, Massimo Dutti sizes are fairly generous, so a 38 or UK 10 would comfortably fit a woman who usually takes a 40 or UK 12.
Queen Letizia’s favourite designer is the prohibitively-expensive Felipe Larela; not for ostentatious reasons, and not because he shares a first name with her husband, the King, but because she likes his style; she also loves Venezuelan designer Carolina Herrera, whose garments do not come cheap but are not out of the reach of anyone who is good at saving up and determined to own them.
This said, she is a self-confessed fan of Spain’s largest and most lucrative clothing empire, Inditex, especially Zara and mid-upper high-street brands Massimo Dutti and Uterqüe – the latter being about as expensive as Inditex gets, with dresses typically around €100 to €120 and suit jackets just under €200, often halving in price in the sales.
Other Inditex brands which have helped make the empire’s founder, Amancio Ortega, 82, the richest man in Europe are Zara’s ‘younger sister’ Bershka, rock-chick young fashion outlet Stradivarius, streetwear chain Pull&Bear and underwear store Oysho, all of which are designed for teens and young adults to be able to buy with their pocket money, and the élite but affordable interiors label, Zara Home.
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