Kate Middleton’s 2-in-1 Dress Is a Shortcut to a Polished Look

Intense preparation goes into every royal outfit worn by Kate Middleton, with practical considerations high on the agenda—hemlines are reportedly weighted to guard against rogue gusts of wind, and fabrics must be immune to wrinkling. Perfect proportions and an exacting fit are also key, and she has a trusted shortcut when it comes to achieving tailored polish: a 2-in-1 dress.

Today the Princess of Wales attended the reopening ceremony of the National Portrait Gallery following a three-year refurbishment. The princess opted for a timeless, elegant look: a monochrome Self-Portrait dress, which she teamed with a black quilted Chanel clutch bag, pearl earrings, and her much-loved black heels by Aquazzura.

The Princess of Wales wearing Self-Portrait to the opening of the National Portrait Gallery

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The Princess of Wales wore her Self-Portrait dress with a Chanel clutch bag and Aquazzura shoes.

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At first glance it looks like the princess is wearing a tailored bouclé tweed jacket over a white chiffon pleated midiskirt, but her outfit is a dress rather than separates. The jacket element has a slight peplum effect and a belted waist, which flows perfectly into the pleated skirt. The result is streamlined and polished.

The princess is a fan of Self-Portrait’s 2-in-1 dresses and has worn several iterations of the style throughout her royal life. She recently wore a jacket-and-skirt dress hybrid to the Platinum Jubilee concert in June 2022—an outfit she had previously worn to host a reception in September 2021, for her Hold Still photography project.

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