Move Over Florals! Kate Middleton Makes The Case For This Print Of The Summer

All the times the Duchess of Cambridge has been spotted in polka dots

Kate Middleton in polka dot dress jubilee weekend

by Natalie Hammond and Charlotte Pavitt |

She might flirt with florals, but Kate Middleton’s true print allegiance lies with polka dots. They’re classic - conveying the polish that all royal outfits should - and, spotted over the right silhouette, make for a more fashion-forward outfit that you might think.

Surprising party-goers at a Platinum Jubilee party, Duchess Kate looked elegant in a polka dot midi by one of her favourite designers, Alessandra Rich, who is known for giving good spot (Kate herself cannot get enough of her dotty dresses).

After the Duchess of Cambridge's latest spin in spots, we're crowning polka dot as the print of this summer (her sister-in-law Meghan is also a fan, she recently wore a dotty Celine blouse to watch the polo in). Whether you're looking for a new wedding guest option or simply a frock for a summer soiree, we've found the best polka dot pieces to shop right now (plus, keep scrolling to see Kate's best polka dot moments):

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Other recent polka dot moments from KMid? A spotty midi dress from, yep you guessed it, Alessandra Rich, to attend the Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, back in March. For the service, guests were not wearing black as this is was not considered an official period of mourning. A colour theme nevertheless emerged as guests were primarily dressed in green or navy indicative that although this was a sober event it was not sombre one - Kate's navy ensemble was the perfect answer to this tricky dress code.

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For an appearance on BBC Breakfast last year, for example, Kate chose an elegant shirt dress by Emilia Wickstead that bloomed with polka dots. She finished the look with £85 ankle-tie espadrilles by Castaner, a favourite of hers and Meghan's. The dress was reduced from £1,565 to £469 in the Matches sale, but has since sold out. Sob.

One of her most successful ensembles, period, is the polka dot dress by Alessandra Rich that’s also been worn by SJP and Abigail Spencer (to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding, no less). It has vintage appeal, with a white pointed collar and matching cuffs that recalls one of Princess Diana’s polka dot dresses from 1985, and has note-perfect proportions, cinching the waist and hitting that sweet spot between the mid-calf and ankle.

Kate first wore the dress for Prince Charles’s 70th birthday portrait, with a baby Prince Louis as her accessory, and again for a visit to Bletchley Park in 2019.

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For a visit to Dublin’s Museum of Literature in 2020, Kate wore a ruffled-necked dress in ravishing pink by Oscar de la Renta, her first foray into vintage and proof that the polka dot can be a power player.

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Another hit came courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana. Kate wore a knee-skimming number, that loomed large with black dots, and cut quite a dash among the royal box’s navy blazers for 2017’s tennis tournament.

And Tory Burch's blouse was not the first polka dot top Kate has worn. A silk spotted shirt, by French shirting label Equipment, has also made it into her repertoire and makes for an easy smart-casual ensemble when tucked into jeans.

When it comes to accessories, Kate sticks to classic accompaniments to a polka dot dress such as drop pearl earrings. The upside to not being a member of the royal family? You can wear yours with trainers, a denim jacket and whatever else you fancy.

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SEE: Kate Middleton's Best Polka Dot Outfits

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Wearing Alessandra Rich (again) to surprise fans at a Jubilee street party.

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Wearing Alessandra Rich at the Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

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Wearing a polka dot midi skirt to tour the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum last summer.

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Wearing a Tory Burch silk-satin blouse to visit local organisations in Wolverhampton with the Duke of Cambridge in May 2021.

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Wearing Emilia Wickstead for BBC Breakfast in July 2020.

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Wearing Suzannah on a Galway pub visit in March 2020.

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Wearing Oscar de la Renta to visit Dublin's Museum of Literature in March 2020.

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Wearing Equipment to visit the Southwark Family Nurse Partnership team in September 2019.

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Wearing Alessandra Rich to visit Bletchley Park in May 2019.

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Wearing LK Bennett to visit Evelina Children's Hospital in December 2018.

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Wearing Dolce & Gabbana to watch Wimbledon in July 2017.

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Wearing Altuzarra to visit Stewards Academy in September 2016.

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Wearing Zara at Breakwater Country Park in Holyhead, Anglesey, in August 2013.

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Wearing Jenny Packham outside St Mary's Hospital in July 2013.

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Wearing Topshop at the wedding of William Van Cutsem and Rosie Ruck Keene in May 2013.

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Wearing Issa outside the Goring Hotel in April 2011.

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