Kate Middleton's Postbaby Wardrobe Should Start With These Runway Looks

24/04/2018 - 01:45 PM

Kate Middleton just welcomed baby number three [1], but that doesn't mean she's taking a timeout from shopping in any capacity. After all, some of the duchess's most iconic looks [2] are from her maternity outfit archives [3]. While Kate's stylist likely has the liberty of plucking dresses right off the Spring 2018 runways — Kate maintains strong relationships with the likes of Emilia Wickstead and Jenny Packham — come Summer, the duchess will be ready to refresh her wardrobe with some of the modern pieces ahead. We hand-selected gowns and coatdresses that fall in line with Kate's sophisticated taste, but of course, many of these would be tweaked modestly for royal occasions. We only hope the queen approves [4] of our curated list.

Jenny Packham

Kate has worn so many Jenny Packham gowns [5] throughout the years that she's started to experiment with the brand's more embellished looks. Kate's worn this dusty rose beaded dress twice, here for a gala dinner in 2016.


We were delighted to see Kate Middleton in a Self-Portrait dress [6] (with a leg slit!) at the London premiere of A Street Cat Named Bob. Her gown was modest with just an ounce of sexy, and ever since, many other royals have picked up on the popular fashion line [7].

We can imagine Kate taking on a daytime event in this three-quarter bishop-sleeved dress. Perhaps she'd tweak the look to omit both slits, but the cold shoulder detail and intricate trim would still stand out.

Naeem Khan

Ever since Kate wore Naeem Khan [8] for her much-anticipated visit to the Taj Mahal [9] in April 2016, we've been pining for her to wear another look from the designer's always-regal collections.

We can imagine Kate's stylist lining this glittering black gown with a slip for a fancy event. She could accessorize with one of her Anya Hindmarch box clutches [10] in satin.

Emilia Wickstead

Kate has chosen Emilia Wickstead designs for traveling, garden parties, and early morning appearances. She looks lovely in the British designer's tailored coats and dresses, and they're offered in many different bright colors.

As soon as we spotted this bow-adorned blazer dress on the runway, we knew it was meant for Kate. She might modify the piece by shortening the hemline to get around easier, but we think she'd find this shade of pink to be just right [11].


On Kate Middleton's trip to India in 2016, she wore this Temperley London illusion gown [12], which was actually a crop top and skirt set. Kate's worn Temperley plenty of times before.

We hope Kate shops the latest Temperley collection for some festive evening wear. We love the longer flutter sleeves and midnight navy shade of this design.


Kate shops Roksanda for modern pieces in interesting, bright shades. While she first wore this colorblocked shift in 2014, the duchess brought it back for a Wimbledon match [13] in 2016.

We were struck by the intriguing neckline on this embroidered maxi that we can see Kate packing for a royal tour when she's due to make a statement.


Kate was clearly very excited about this Preen silhouette — which she put on for a reception at the Government House in Canada in 2016 — because she doesn't just own the dress in red [14], but in black too [15].

If the duchess is in need of a bold new power look, she's already had luck with one red Preen look before. Why not try this update on for size?

Roland Mouret

Blue is Kate's power color [16], and that's all too obvious when you look at her in this formfitting cobalt Roland Mouret dress, which she wore here to a SportsAid anniversary dinner in 2016.

The exact same shade of blue just rolled down the Roland Mouret runway, this time in the form of a floral midi stitched with swirling flowers. Kate might add cap sleeves to the piece, and perhaps style it with plain pumps.

Christopher Kane

Kate owns a couple of Christopher Kane coat dresses, and we know they're a timeless staple [17] that she styles with coordinating fascinators and neutral heels.

We'd love for Kate to add a girlie plaid coat like this one to her rotation. Check out the glittering stones on the collar!


While Kate's tapped Erdem for many occasions, the printed set [18] she wore on her 2017 tour of Poland and Germany [19] was particularly refreshing. The brand continues to master florals season after season, and we wouldn't be surprised if Kate takes notice.

We think this pale purple gown would be a lovely choice for an evening event in the Spring or Summer. Its high neckline and pouf sleeves make it modest and sophisticated, and the tiered ruffles add extra dimension, making it the perfect one-and-done look.

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