The Queen, or rather Duchess, of ladylike dressing is back at it again in a dress that, let’s just say, I didn’t see coming. As reported by People, Kate Middleton’s 2016 Wimbledon dress, while conservative and chic like most of her attire, is a bit more playful than her traditional wearings. According to Popsugar, it was an Alexander McQueen dress from the design house's Obsession Collection that Middleton rocked to the Wimbledon games.
The dress of note featured a typical silhouette for the Duchess, high at the neck with a hem hitting just below the knee. However, it was the dress' pattern that turned heads. The print was comprised of lipsticks, butterflies, flowers, and skulls. Needless to say, the whimsical details on the McQueen garment were unlike anything she’s ever sported before. Regularly opting for solid colors, except for stripes on a few occasions, the 34-year-old's latest playfully-patterned ensemble was both refreshing and regal.
While Middleton is known for wearing a fast fashion outfit or two, this dress is unfortunately not one of her thrifty finds. However, that wont stop me from trying to recreate the whimsical aesthetic this summer. From flirty floral frocks to butterfly-adorned dresses and underwater animal prints, I’ve compiled elegant yet playful dresses that are perfect for summer, alongside the Middleton original. Scroll down to shop my picks.
1. The Exact Dress
Alexander McQueen Obsession Print Short-Sleeve Silk Dress in Ivory, $2,995, Bergdorf Goodman
If you've got close to $3,000 lying around, why not splurge on the exact dress rocked by the Duchess herself?
2. Frilly Florals
Asos Curve Skater Dress In Soft Floral Print, $62, ASOS
The epitome of the perfect dress for summer: Flirty, frilly, and floral.
3. Structured Print
Warehouse Placement Print Sleeveless Dress, $73, ASOS
This dress is structured enough for the office and playful enough for a picnic.
4. Deep Sea Dress
Alfresco in Avignon Dress in Deep Sea (XS-4X), $47.99, ModCloth
Have a little fun with your prints, and opt for a dress decorated with octopi.
5. Whimsy Midi
Butterfly Garden Midi Dress, $198, Anthropologie
This elegant midi is the perfect garden party attire.
6. Wrap Style Summer Dress
On Rooftop Of Your Game Dress (sizes S to 4X), $69.99, ModCloth
Combine this dress with a pair of loafers for running errands or with a cute set of heels for high tea.
7. Long Sleeve Florals
Yumi Border Print Long Sleeve Shift Dress, $52, ASOS
This dress is both boho and beautiful.
8. Midi Tea Dress
Plus Alice & You Printed Tea Dress, $57, ASOS
A midi dress is a must for summer, and so is floral.
9. Floral Fit And Flare
Iska Rose Print Tea Dress, $36, ASOS
Nothing screams summer more than a floral fit and flare.
10. Boho Shirt Dress
Plus Alice and You Lace Insert Folk Dress, $49, ASOS
Pair this dress with sandals for the beach or a pair of ankle boots for the city.
11. Black And White Print
Closet Tie Back Dress In Butterfly Print, $49, ASOS
The butterfly print adds a playful spin to this classic black and white dress.
12. Floral Maxi
Asos Curve Salon Floral Maxi Dress, $85, ASOS
Repping flutter sleeves and florals, this maxi is swoon-worthy.
13. Lace Shift
Sandy Butterfly Print Lace Shift Dress, $44, Boohoo
Colorful butterflies modernize this classic lace shift.
14. Floral Pencil Dress
Plus Lovedrobe Luxe All Over Rose Embellished Pencil Dress, $170, ASOS
When in doubt, embellish it.
Take a tip from Kate Middleton and embrace prints this summer.
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