Following a long winter of wearing dark colours, coats and prioritising keeping warm above looking stylish, we can now embrace vibrant colours and summer dresses. Who better to inspire us than the Duchess. Kate has perfected her summer style blending sophistication with fun. Today we take a look at some of her summer style essentials and share 'Repli-Kate' pieces to help you emulate them!
The Print Dress
Kate has a stunning collection of floral and geometric print dresses. From coffee runs to royal tours they have become a staple in Kate's wardrobe providing a youthful yet elegant look perfect for summer.
There are a countless number of pretty print dresses available this summer in every, size, length, colour and print you can think of. Below we look at the vibrant Ted Baker Collar Dress in Summer Bloom Print (the lovely Melanie shared the dress is on sale at Nordstrom), the €46 A Wear Daisy Print Dress, the Izabel London Midi Dress and the pleated Ted Baker Perlaa Dress (You can receive 20% off Ted Baker with the code TED1HPRBQ8).
A chic pair of sunglasses are essential for summer. Kate chooses the Givenchy SGV 773. The €155 pair are available in a variety of colour options.
Kate looks great in her trademark skinny jeans and during the summer months likes to change things up with a pair of white or coloured jeans. Coloured jeans have become a huge trend and work particularly well during the summer with a plain blouse or jacket and a nice pair of sandals.
If you're a skinny jeans lover like Kate, take a look at the €128 J Brand Twill Skinny Jeans. I quite like the length and the style comes in numerous colours. I looked through several white pairs and thought at €60, this Michael Kors pair is very much a bargain. For bright blue like Kate's J Brand is an excellent choice and Macy's have very affordable petite and plus size alternatives.
Kate regularly chooses a pair of high wedges to complete her ensembles during the summer and I'm not surprised she loves them so much. They're so comfortable yet provide the additional height of heels and look great with dresses or jeans. Kate's favourites are her Stuart Weitzman Minx, L.K. Bennett Maddox, Pied A Terre Imperia's and Russell and Bromley Corkswoon wedges.
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Also referred to as eyelet, broderie anglaise has become one of Kate's favourite fabrics. For decades it was primarily used for embellishments or household items such as towels but in recent years it has become more and more popular, particularly in summer months.
Broderie anglaise adds a classic feel to any piece and would work very well for a formal summer function or as a daytime summer piece. Four of my current favourites are the White Jaeger Dress with attached belt, the Great Plains Dandelion Dress, the L.K. Bennett Broderie Anglaise Dress in white and Dark Turquoise Britana Dress (both colours are currently significantly reduced from £195 to £95 and £135 respectively). I think Kate would look amazing in all four of these pieces and wouldn't rule out seeing her in one of them in the future.
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Kate implements stripes into her outfits during the summer whether it's a tank top or a halterneck dress to inject a pop of colour into her look. I've always loved the blue and white stripe Topshop dress Kate wore to an engagement party in Chelsea in 2007.
Stripes work well for all ages and can be worked into your office wardrobe by adding a smart blazer. Below we look at the cotton-blend French Connection Super Striped Dress, the Carina Stripe Vest (currently reduced from £27 to £13.50), the stretch-cotton Matelot Stripe Cap Sleeve Dress (reduced from £42 to £20) and the colourful Summer Stripe Scarf (reduced from £40 to £20).
Kate is regularly photographed wearing stylish bikinis during her annual holiday to Mustique and generally chooses a two-piece from swimwear range Vix. Last summer the Duchess elected to wear the Bia Tube Bikini and on other holidays she favoured white swimwear. We also look at the White Bia Bikini and Cairo Bikini.
The Shirt Dress
Shirt dresses have made quite the comeback this year and Kate appears to love them. Two of her most popular pieces are the Libelula Rebecca (reduced from £335 to £130) and the Jaeger Pleated Shirt Dress. (reduced from £180 to £75). They're very comfortable and perfect for day wear.
Nothing says summer like the scent of a fresh, floral perfume. Kate reportedly loves the Illuminum White Gardenia Petals and wore it for the royal wedding in 2011. I've tried this perfume and the one word I would use to describe it is 'fragrant'. The top note of lily evokes a tropical seaside location - perfect for summer. The fragrance is often referred to as a 'bouquet of white flowers'.
Will you be emulating Kate this summer? Share your favourite summer trends! :)