I've said it before, and I'll say it again: every time I see photographs of Kate Middleton, her outfit is news to me. She could step out in a black plastic trash bag and I'd be like, "OMG, she makes that Glad piece look ah-mazing." I don't know why, but something about her makes everything she wears turn to style gold. This time, though, it really was a great look — in an outing to East Anglia's Children's Hospices in Norfolk, UK this morning, Kate wore a classic Katherine Hooker red shift dress, simple black Jimmy Choo pumps and a teased ponytail. Ugh, so sophisticated it hurts.
The only thing that I would have liked to see in this ensemble was a bit more baby bump, but that's just because I'm nothing short of obsessed with Prince George's first sibling. Other than the hidden future prince or princess, I thought the look was perfect.
I have a feeling it'll inspire some of my upcoming family holiday gathering looks, because let's be real: my family wants to see me looking grown-up and elegant more than they want to see me in a trendy and chic outfit. Not that I'm one to base my clothing choices on the opinions of others, but it's probably best that my family thinks I'm grown-up and elegant. A shift dress is one of the best ways to accomplish this without sacrificing my personal style too much.
Here's Kate's shift dress...
...and nine that I'm considering to channel my inner Duchess.
Red shift dress, $54, johnlewis.com
Bouclé shift dress, $106, nordstrom.com
Tartan tunic dress, $24, dorothyperkins.com
Decorative seam dress, $49.99, mango.com
Lace sleeve shift dress, $59.90, zara.com
Jacquard knit shift dress, $138, nordstrom.com
Short-sleeved shift dress, $24.95, hm.com
Patterned shift dress, $38.34, lordandtaylor.com
Color block shift dress, $54.01, asos.com
Images: Instagram/@CatherineDuchessMiddleton, @KateMiddletonWardrobe; Courtesy Brands