Modern Classic Inspiration: Kate’s White Dress

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I am way late on the royal Australian tour coverage. Like a month late. Oh sure, I keep abreast of what Kate is wearing because I think her style is very classy, but I am not what one would call a “royal watcher”. But this white lace dress has been percolating in the back of my mind because I couldn’t decide if I liked it or not. Let me take that back. I adore the dress on her, and I think it was perfect for the occasion, but a white dress? Not very practical.

However, as time has progressed, I have decided I really like this look. It is clean, classic, and timelessly modern. I mean look at it! I believe you could wear that dress for ten years and it would never be perceived as dated. That exact dress isn’t available until June, and we all know it is going to seel out quickly. But I found a dozen other dresses that have a similar feel at all different price points. So if you are in the market for a classy white dress, here are your choices:

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Of all the dresses in the round-up, I thought this one was the most similar. It is white, has lace, and has sleeves. Plus it has a modern timelessness about it. My only concern is the length. But I figure if it is mid thigh on the model, is will hit me around the knee. (HERE).

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This dress was a close second. The reason I didn’t pick it for number 1 is due to the fact it is a party dress. I think Kate’s dress can be dressed up or down, but this one would only be appropriate in a celebratory setting. (HERE)

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I love this dress because it reminds me of Audrey Hepburn, but because it doesn’t have sleeves, it couldn’t be number one or two. With that said, this might be my favorite of all the dresses. (HERE)

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Think curvy girls can’t wear white? Think again! This one has a lovely fit and flair shape, plus it hits just above the waist which can be slimming on many figures. (HERE)

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At $37, this is by far the least expense of all of the choices. I bought a similar dress last year and loved it but unfortunately it got a stain, which is my biggest issue with the white- so hard to keep clean! (HERE)

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Here is another pretty choice. I love a shirtdress, and I have this cut in pink and in a cream and blue pattern. It is lovely in all white. (HERE)

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A simple white eyelet dress. Perfect for any wardrobe. (HERE)

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If you feel like you really must have Kate’s dress, here is a very similar one by the same designer. I quite like it because the plunging neckline has a bit of va-va-voom. (HERE)

So what do you think about white dresses? Do you have one hanging in your closet? Are you thinking of adding one to your wardrobe this year?

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  1. says

    I think white dresses are classic and pretty. I like lighter colored clothes in the spring and summer. I don’t have an all white dress but I do have a fit-and-flare one with small black polka dots. Just keep a laundry stick with you! :)

  2. says

    I always find Kate Middleton’s style a little too boring for her age, and I wish she would take more risks. She’s too young for beige heels. But I loved that white dress! I have an ivory skirt that is very similar, and I’m always amazed by how versatile it is.

    • BethanyThe Glamourous Housewife says

      I don’t love those beige heels, but I am inclined to forgive her for her “boring” clothing because if she got much funkier the press would totally freak out. I think she is very appropriate for her “job”.

  3. Silvie says

    I’ve got a white linen dress with a beaded & embroidered neckline in black. Its kind of smashing on me but I don’t wear it all that often. Your post has inspired me to put it on. Thanks!

  4. Eva says

    I have a white summer dress, just very simple one and always wear it with something pink (either a cardigan, flats or jewelery), I love it!
    I also have a full white skirt.
    The bad side… um! pretty difficult to keep them “spot white”.

  5. Rose says

    I find white to be very easy to take care of. As long as it’s wash and wear and bleach-able. Otherwise, yes, it is a PIA.

  6. says

    For years, always, really, I shied away from all white (or cream, etc) dresses because I didn’t think they’d do my short, curvy figure any favours, but this year, for reasons unknown, I’m craving one immensely and think that the secret just lies in purchasing one that is akin in shape and style to other dresses in different hues that I know do work well on me.

    ♥ Jessica

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