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Kate Brings Back Polka Dots for Wedding, A New Shoe Brand & An Older ID (2002!)

William and Kate attended a wedding today in the idyllic setting of Ewelme, in Oxfordshire. Their good friends, William van Cutsem and Rosie Ruck Keene were married, Royal photographer Mark Stewart reports that William was an usher, so Kate came to the wedding with friends.

With thanks to the generosity of Tilly Pudwell for graciously sharing her photo, you can see Kate repeated the Topshop dress first worn last month.

Kate had on much the same ensemble today as what she wore to the Warner Brothers Studio event on April 26, seen below.Kate Middleton Polka Dot Topshop Dress

This is the dress prompting debate as to whether it was Topshop’s Polka Dot Skater Dress (now sold out with the exception of isolated petite sizes)…Topshop (no longer available)

… or the brand’s Florence maternity dress, also sold out.Kate Middleton Polka Dot Topshop Dress

After loads of input via comments on the original post, Facebook comments, and via email, it looks like Kate is wearing the Florence. While I am a seamstress, I’ve not worn maternity apparel and it makes sense to listen to those with more experience on the topic.

The only other polka dot Topshop dress I found in any range of sizes is a piece that is much longer, the Penny Spot Midi Dress (on sale for $50). There is a polka dot maternity piece available, the Maternity Spot Shirt ($76), it also comes in standard sizing.Topshop US Site

As mentioned, Kate paired the dress with her Ralph Lauren jacket from several years ago.Kate-Ralph-Lauren-Black-Jacket-UFO

She also carried her black clutch and Episode ‘Angel’ pumps.

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The Duchess did wear a smart new fascinator, we don’t know the maker yet, and will update if we do learn more about the piece.

UPDATED: The kind folks at Vivien Sheriff messaged me Tuesday to let me know Kate was wearing a piece they created.


Our next item involves Kate wearing a different brand of shoes. There have been multiple posts on Twitter this past week by people who say they have seen Kate out and about in Anglesey. One such tweet was posted Friday by Matt Steele, he even noted the brand of footwear Kate was wearing.

Matt Steele Twitter Feed

Matt Steele Twitter Feed

The brand originated in Spain, the shoes are made in a factory near the small town of Arnedo.

Flossy Plimsolls

Flossy Plimsolls

Initially, I was taken aback someone could note a shoe label so easily until the savvy WKW Facebook crew pointed out that it can be easy to spot Flossy, they have a distinctive tag at the heel.Flossy Plimsolls Kate might like the pair shown above, they are done in broderie anglaise, or eyelet, a favorite fabric for her.  Some say Flossys are akin to the US-based brand TOMS: both brands are made of fabric, lightweight, and easy to slip on and off.

Flossy Plimsolls

Flossy Plimsolls

The brand is offered online in the UK, although I can’t see that they ship to the US. Office Shoes offers men’s, women’s & children’s sizes online, and they do ship to the US. Additionally, men’s style are available online at Topman in the US.


Today’s final item involves a garment most recently seen on last year’s Jubilee Tour, worn for Kate and William’s departure from Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, East Malaysia. It turns out the piece is by Diane von Furstenberg.


Photos via eBay France

The frock is a classic DVF wrap dress showcasing a rich paisley pattern. Kate has had the dress for more than a decade however, she wore it to a party at St. Andrews in 2002, and again in 2005 for dinner with Prince William, a photo of the latter instance can be seen here.

The dress is 100% silk in a v-neck style with self-belt. There is pink piping at the cuffs of the three-quarter sleeves, pockets, collar, and vertical front seaming detail. I believe the identification was made almost simultaneously by eBay Sellers CopyKate and Logman, many thanks to Franciele for sharing this information.

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Friday 19th of July 2013

Thanks for sharing. Every time she wear something, she really do looks stunning and gorgeous even with her baby belly . Congratulations by the way to the couple. I bet everyone is looking forward on what she will wear on the event that she will be attending. Have a great day everyone from Adelaide finger food, looking forward for another one.


Sunday 2nd of June 2013

Hi Susan, just wanted to let you know I was in Topshop yesterday and tried on the polka dot dress. I'm 5'7" so if Kate is a few inches taller than me there is absolutely no way she was wearing the regular size dress, so I definitely think you're right on it being the maternity style. The waistline wouldn't accommodate even a small baby belly like Kate's, but the length was the dead giveaway. It was too short for me to wear and I'm not the future Queen!

Eleanor Hewitt

Thursday 16th of May 2013

I think the hat is the Kentucky Kate Hat by Kokin- The shape is similar and the feather detailing is the same also it looks like there are some polka dots on the hat too!!


Wednesday 15th of May 2013

Any pics of her in the party at St. Andrews in 2002?


Wednesday 15th of May 2013

None that I have seen!


Tuesday 14th of May 2013

The Duchess wore a fascinator by Vivien Sheriff and her Episode "Angel" shoe according to the website Duchess Kate.

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