This morning was a big moment for the Cambridge family, as Prince William and Kate’s only daughter Princess Charlotte attended her very first day of school at Thomas’s Battersea. And there was one major difference from her big brother Prince George’s first day, as both her dad and her mum dropped her off with her new teacher.
When George joined the reception class at Thomas’s back in September 2017, Kate was pregnant with Prince Louis and suffering with hyperemesis gravidarum, acute morning sickness which meant she wasn’t well enough to attend.
It’s therefore no wonder that the Duchess of Cambridge looked thrilled to be able to accompany her second-born this time around – and what an outfit she chose to mark the occasion.
Kate turned to a flattering floral favourite from Michael Kors for the photocall – a piece that might look a little familiar, as she also wore it to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding rehearsal in May 2018.
As it’s previous season, and has the Middleton seal of approval, you’ve probably already predicted that the dress is totally sold out. But what you might not have guessed is that, although it does come with a designer price tag, it’s not quite as expensive as you’d expect, at £215.
Obviously this is still an investment buy, but it is comparable to frocks from cult brands like Ghost, Rixo and Kitri, rather than the pricier £500+ picks that Kate and Meghan are sometimes seen in. And while we may have missed out on Kate’s original, the style has been reinvented in an equally gorgeous incarnation for A/W 19.
On Net-A-Porter, you’ll find the same belted shirt dress silhouette in a richer red print, and crucially, for the same cost. The only difference seems to be the addition of a wider bell sleeve, which we’re definitely not mad about.
To get the complete Kate look, finish your outfit with a pair of comfortable flat black pumps, simple hoops earrings and the world’s best blow-dry. Oh, and a couple of adorable school kids and a prince of a husband, if you can manage it. Well, a girl can dream…