11 Times Kate Middleton Wore the Best Dress in the Room

Kate Middleton and her dresses: It's a royal love affair. Every time the DoC steps out, you can be sure of a perfectly polished outfit to give the world much to talk about. Looking back at her style file, there’s an abundance of looks we’d happily take off her hands, but there’s one item in particular she works so well—a dress. Rarely spotted in separates or casual attire, this is the smart “instant outfit” Kate relies upon. The future queen knows a thing or two about tailored pieces: Her style is synonymous with a sharp formfitting lines, elegant high heels and glossy princess hair.

What’s more, her bursting dress collection includes so many British brands and designers, making us doubly interested in her wardrobe of frocks. From attending Wimbledon in Dolce & Gabbana yellow to picking out pretty pussy-bow florals from Prada, K.Mid’s very British closet is filled out with super-luxury brands from across the world. Whether printed wrap dress or off-the-shoulder gown, this woman's catalogue is astounding—keep reading to see what we mean, and to shop similar versions for yourself.


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We adore this red off the shoulder dress by Alexander McQueen to the queen’s birthday party at the British Ambassadorial Residence, Berlin—in July 2017.

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This blue printed Altuzarra dress Kate wore to the Stewards Academy with HeadsTogether in September 2016 is high on our list.

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During her July 2017 visit to the queen’s birthday garden party in Poland, the Duchess of Cambridge chose a dress by Polish designer Gosia Baczynska. The quirky pattern is so unique.

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The Duchess wears a printed Prada number to the White Garden in Kensington Palace in August 2017. Prada + princess = a certain style moment.

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Long and lilac was the order of the night at the 2009 BAFTAs in Los Angeles. Again, Kate opted for one of her designer favourites in Alexander McQueen.

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This polka dot Dolce & Gabanna dress was a great choice for a sunny day at Wimbledon in 2017. It’s classic Kate—a structured style, with the print adding a fashionable take on a tailored midi.

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For World Mental Health Day at the London Eye in 2010, Kate opted for a floatier Kate Spade dress in trending pink. Another dress, another memorable style moment.

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We haven’t seen Kate wear much yellow, let alone in this striking shade—she was the belle of Wimbledon this past week in her Dolce & Gabbana number. We like.

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At Wimbledon again, this time with Meghan Markle, Kate styled it out in a bespoke Jenny Packham dress. This is tennis whites done right.

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We love that Kate clashes her lilac Emilia Wickstead dress with her red clutch—an unusual style move for the duchess, who was visiting the Maritime Museum on an official visit to Germany.

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Pretty lace dresses worn by the Duchess always seem to make our wish lists, we adore this blue midi by Brit design house Temperley, worn to mark World Mental Health Day in London in October 2017.

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Next up, the Meghan Markle style file.

Jenny Brownlees