How to Dress Like British Royalty

My admiration for all things British is a long-running affair. What may have started as a love for 19th century English literature and a literal obsession with everything Harry Potter –related soon gave way to complete adoration of all British culture, royalty, celebrities, and, of course, their flawless and always-polished style. I mean, take a look at any red carpet and chances are, if there’s a Brit present, she’s probably one of — if not the — best-dressed lady at the event. So you can’t blame me if mastering British fashion has become a life-long goal, right?

And I may have gotten one step closer to that dream on Tuesday when a slew of big-name English stars — including Emma Watson, Kate Moss, and Cara Delevingne — showed up to a Prince William–hosted charity event at Windsor Castle showing off some of the finest British fashions and giving Anglophiles everywhere all the tips we need for dressing like a Brit.

1. A crisp, white blouse perfects any ensemble

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I didn’t think Watson could look any more regal, but she managed the impossible at the The Royal Marsden Dinner by elevating a pleated, gray Ralph Lauren maxi skirt with an enviably structured white button down. It’s a simple style to copy, particularly when paired with an exaggerated collar, minimalist accessories, a swept-back updo, and a deep burgundy lip.

2. One major accessory is all you need

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She may not be British, but Australian, Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett nailed English style at the royal event by pairing a simplistic, monochromatic ensemble from Ralph Lauren with just a single statement accessory — crystal chandelier earrings — proving less really is more.

3. Deliver the edge in the beauty department

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Even rocker-chic British models like Delevingne know when to tone it down style-wise, which she certainly did with her ladylike, beaded Ralph Lauren halter gown. But that doesn’t mean the edge has to disappear entirely; rather, it’s just delivered in the hair and makeup department with a smoky eye, dramatic liner and a slicked-back topknot.

4. Understated is the best statement

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If there’s one thing Brits know, it’s that minimalism can be masterful — a lesson supermodel and designer Moss delivered gracefully in her understatedly sexy, asymmetrical, sheer-lined gown. Make like Moss and keep simple from being boring with a dramatic (yet tasteful) slit and strappy sandals.

5. Keep it business in front if it's party in back

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Even when they’re all covered up in the front, the Brits (and Aussies) still like to show some skin, which actress Margot Robbie did in her liquid silk, open-back Ralph Lauren gown. Copy her look by choosing a high-neck, long-sleeved blouse or dress that opens up to reveal a surprise cutout or major slit.