Kate Middleton just gave us a lesson in summer occasionwear dressing. Here’s how to make it work for you…
Wimbledon has been the breeding ground for iconic fashion moments for longer than Federer’s reign as grass-court number one. Even when the weather falters and the covers are sprinted with impeccable speed and precision, the two week tennis championship is an occasion to dress up for.
With international appeal, the glamour of Wimbledon draws in the biggest celebrity names (this was the ground where Bradley Cooper and Gerard Butler’s bromance was formed) as well as returning royals.
Kate Middleton has been a regular feature on Centre Court as long Nadal has been picking out his wedgies, and as such has become accustomed to dressing for the occasion. Today the royal gave us all a lesson in summer dressing and reminded us of the tremendous power of the perfect white dress.
It’s a hard nut to crack a summer white dress, (which is why this season we have opted for black) especially when it comes to an occasion. Because an occasion means you can’t just throw on the white summer dress that you’ve been wafting around Ibiza in, oh no: this has to be more considered, more special and (preferably) more weighted.
Which is why it’s hats off to Kate, because she’s just nailed it.
For today’s special occasion Kate chose Marylebone-based boutique designer, Suzannah, for her appearance at the tennis. Form-fitting but free-flowing where necessary, buttoned down to give an element of detail and with elegant but fashion-forward puffed sleeves, this dress ticks all the boxes. And, bonus, it’s a midi dress – the universally flattering length on every body.
Kate chose to wear hers with a tidy yet sweet Alexander McQueen bow belt, black pointed suede court shoes, a monochrome bag and a pair of classic Rayban sunglasses for good measure. But it has collective appeal, as this kind of white dress can be re-purposed for all occasion: think tan sandals and raffia bag for relaxed summer evenings, trainers and a cross body for a day time event or make like Kate and bring in dark accessories to give a white dress a glamorous do-over.
Shop five of the best white occasion dresses here and put your stamp on it for the season.
Suzannah white dress
If it’s the straight-up Kate Middleton look you’re after, then head over to Suzannah for all your white dress needs. The price might be a bit of a sting but this is guaranteed to last the test of time in your wardrobe.
White button down dress, £1,850, Suzannah
Next white cotton dress
With feminine touches with the design: a scalloped edged neck, puff sleeves and broderie fabric, this dress is an easy day to night transition.
White broderie dress, £48, Next
& Other Stories Dress
The high neck makes for an elegant take on the classic white dress.
Turtle neck dress, £110, & Other Stories
White story shirt dress
When in doubt always opt for a classic crisp white shirt dress.
Oversized midi shirtdress, £478, White Story
White Zimmermann dress
Zimmerman know how to do an occasion dress. Flattering and feminine, cool but classic this number ticks all the boxes.
Floral print midi dress, £595, Zimmermann
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