Kate wore the elegant monochrome piece to day four of Royal Ascot (Picture: PAwire/Getty)
Kate Middleton arrived at Royal Ascot today wearing a stunning Alessandra Rich dress, proving that she’s earned her place as an (albeit unintentional) fashion influencer.
The Duchess of Cambridge was pictured wearing a monochrome polka-dot number by the London-based designer, paired with a tonal hat and brown pointed heels.
It was a lesson in dressing for formal events during summer, with a timeless feel that appears airy yet still appropriate for a royal box.
A belted waist adds definition and highlights the shape, while a sensible neckline and hemline keep things regal. A ruffle detail adds some extra intrigue to the outfit.
Like most things Kate wears, the exact dress she sported on race day number four has now sold out. However, there are plenty of similar options if you want to work the trend.
Go for a piece with a white or ivory base colour and contrasting black spots, but veer away from cow and dalmatian prints if you’re aiming for a grown-up vibe.
The Duchess of Cambridge’s frock is by Alessandra Rich – and has already sold out (Picture: WireImage)
Aside from that, put your own spin on the trend by switching up the shape of your formal frock. Kate may have to follow royal protocol when dressing, but you can have a little more fun.
Here are our favourite pieces to steal Kate Middleton’s Ascot 2022 style.
Alessandra Rich Chelsea-collar silk-crepe mini dress
The exact Alessandra Rich dress Kate wore is now sold out, but this is a close second (Picture: Matches Fashion)
Buy for £635 (reduced from £1,270) at Matches Fashion.
White Spot Satin Asymmetric Dip Hem Midi Dress
A high neck keeps this formal, while flirty flutter sleeves and a fluted neckline add a summery feel
Buy for £33.99 at New Look.
Blazé Milano Sizzler Welsh polka-dot crepe dress
This one’s a dead ringer for Kate’s frock (Picture: Matches Fashion)
Buy for £420 (reduced from £765) at Matches Fashion.
M&S Collection Polka Dot Collared Midi Column Dress
Perfect with trainers and sandals on casual days, or dressed up with accessories for bigger occasions (Picture: M&S)
Buy for £45 at M&S.
Alexa Chung Lilian polka-dot satin minidress
Scalloped detailing and a short length keep this dress fun and flirty (Picture: MyTheresa)
Buy for £197 (reduced from £329) at MyTheresa.
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Polka Dot Blouson Sleeve Midi Shirt Dress
A shirt dress is the perfect piece for going from office to party (Picture: M&S)
Buy for £75 at M&S.
Hobbs Selena Polka Dot Pleated Dress
Pleating means your twirl game will be the strongest of any event’s attendees (Picture: John Lewis)
Buy for £179 at John Lewis.