Ever since she joined the royal family in 2011, the Duchess of Cambridge has proved to be a real source of style inspiration for fashion fans.
So much so that many of the pieces she wears during public outings, particularly those from the high street, often sell out within hours of her wearing them.
One example of the phenomenon, which has been dubbed the “Kate effect”, is a pretty floral dress that the duchess wore for a portrait to mark her 10th wedding anniversary with Prince William.
The duchess opted for an affordable Ghost dress called the Avery, which she previously wore during a visit to Pakistan in 2019.
The dress, which costs £195, is designed in a maxi length and comes in a spring-worthy shade of blue. It features long sheer sleeves, a tie wrap waist and a tiered skirt that’s covered in florals and a polka dot print.
Despite being sold at a number of outlets, including John Lewis & Partners and Asos, the elegant dress has unsurprisingly sold out.
But, the good news is that you can get your hands on plenty of dupes of the popular style, meaning you don’t have to miss out entirely.
If you want to upgrade your wardrobe with a royal-inspired outfit, we’ve hunted down similar dresses for a fraction of the cost. Whether you’re a fan of the Duchess of Cambridge or simply looking for a new outfit, here’s our handpicked selection.
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Ganni floral-print georgette maxi wrap dress: £105, Theoutnet.com
A versatile dress is a staple of any well-edited wardrobe and this option from cult brand Ganni is ideal for almost any occasion. Made from a soft crepe fabric, it features a flattering V-neckline, long sleeves and a self-tie fastening at the waist so you can adjust the fit to suit your body.
Just like Kate’s dress, this one has an all-over floral motif that makes it perfect to wear when the weather is warming up. Add a pair of heels for formal occasions or throw on some sliders for a garden soirée.
& Other Stories ruffled midi wrap dress: £95, Stories.com
The perfect “throw on and go” gown, this style from & Other Stories features tons of elegant detailing that makes it look far more expensive than it really is.
Designed with floaty sheer sleeves, it has a ruffled neckline that flows down the length of the skirt and is finished with a tier layer at the bottom just like Kate’s Ghost version. It also has a tie waist and if this shade of blue doesn’t quite take your fancy, you can also pick it up in red.
New Look blue floral spot button front midi dress: £25.99, Newlook.com
Whether you’re looking for something to wear to a picnic with friends or your first post-lockdown wedding, this pretty dress from New Look is sure to make a welcome addition to your spring/summer wardrobe.
Designed with a midi length, it features a mood-boosting print of white polka dots and flowers against a vibrant shade of blue. We love the feminine cut of this dress, which has ruched detailing around the bust and a floaty fit and flare skirt.
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