Belted dresses are trending thanks to the Duchess of Cambridge

From nude LK Bennett court shoes to Boden Breton tops, it’s fair to say the Duchess of Cambridge loves a fashion classic – in fact, she’s created a few herself. And the latest perennial piece that Kate has been showcasing is the belted dress, leading to – surprise, surprise – a flurry among shoppers.

The Duchess wore a green, belted dress by Edeline Lee when attending The Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design at the Design Museum in Kensington. According to statistics from Lovethesales.com, this led to a 113% increase in searches for ‘belted dresses’ online (the term ‘suede clutch bags’ also saw a 60% leap).

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This style of dress may have seen a boost thanks to the Kate-effect, but belted dresses remain ever-popular, whether we’re talking the long, tie-it-yourself belts you see on many shirt dresses, or more structured belting as seen on the Duchess of Cambridge’s outfit. Of course, many people love the figure-flattering properties of such a dress, which can cinch in (or indeed create) a waist, but they also have a smart, polished look perfect for the office or formal occasions.

The Duchess of Cambridge’s dress may have cost £785, but you can get the look for much less on the high street, with a wide array of belted dresses from structured, work-ready numbers to more laidback summer looks. Here are a few of our favourites…

The best belted dresses on the high street

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Printed cotton dress, £59.99, Mango

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Belted midi dress, £58, Next

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Belted panelled dress, £130, Phase Eight

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Structured crepe pleated dress, £175.20, Karen Millen

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Linen belted midi dress, £178, Reiss

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Belted T-shirt dress, £59, Cos

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V-neck belted midi dress, £140, Phase Eight at Marks & Spencer

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Belted puff sleeve dress, £89, Finery London at Marks & Spencer

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Belted dress, £99, Hobbs

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Belted smock dress, £46, River Island

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Belted midi dress, £58, Next

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Metallic batwing belted dress, £68, ASOS

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Floral belted shirt dress, £58, ASOS