M&S is selling a £40 dupe of Kate Middleton’s sell-out £1,500 polka dot dress

In July 2020, the Duchess of Cambridge stepped out in style to launch Tiny Happy People, a BBC Education initiative providing free digital resources to support parents in developing children’s language from pregnancy through their early years.

Kate Middleton Tiny Happy People
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As the mother of three confessed to wishing she had had access to such resources as a first-time mum, we couldn’t help but notice the fabulous polka dot dress Kate chose for the occasion. A sold-out Emilia Wickstead number, it featured a large polka dot print over a long-sleeved belted shirtdress. The original sleeves have a slight puff to them, although it looks as though Kate had hers altered for a slimmer sleeve style, while the knife-pleated skirt falls below the knee for a midi length look, a favourite style of Kate’s.

Kate Middleton Tiny Happy People
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Finishing off the look with tan wedges, Kate looked comfortable and chic. The Emilia Wickstead dress sold out fast on MATCHESFASHION where you could pick it up at 70 per cent off the original £1,565 price tag.

Emilia Wickstead dress
MATCHESFASHION

Emilia Wickstead Anatola pleated polka-dot crepe shirtdress, £469 (was £1,565), MATCHESFASHION

The good news is M&S has just dropped a very similar style to Kate’s Emilia Wickstead number for less than £40. Though it features the same button-up detailing, collar and polka-dots, the M&S version comes in short sleeves for spring.

Polka Dot Midi Shirt Dress, £39.50, Marks & Spencer

Whistles and & Other Stories have some very similar-looking dresses too, while Hobbs a slightly shorter number. And for a reversed colourway, New Look has a white puff sleeve shirtdress with black polka dots.

Even better, the prices start from just £8 and they’re all under £100 so go on, pick up some polka dots.

4 more high street dupes of Kate’s polka dot dress

Whistles dress
Whistles

Abstract Spot Selma Tie Dress, £84 (was £169), Whistles

& Other Stories dress
& Other Stories

Polka Dot Waist Tie Midi Dress, £95, & Other Stories

New Look dress
New Look

White Soot Puff Sleeve Midi Shirt Dress, £8 (was £25.99), New Look

Hobbs dress
Hobbs

Lainey Dress, £99 (was £149), Hobbs