We are back with (finally) the favorite day dress poll featuring almost all of last year’s new styles. There are a few that aren’t included because we simply couldn’t see enough of them to make any kind of determination on how the piece looked. On that list: the & Other Stories dress worn for the private photos of the children testing out Kate’s Back to Nature Garden and the Boden’ Aurora’ seen in one of the family’s Christmas cards. There are also several that are included in separate polls for coatdresses and dressier styles.
I broke the voting into two polls because there are so many it didn’t seem like a good idea to have you all just endlessly scrolling through the different designs. Once we know the top choices in the two groups of dresses we’ll combine them in a new poll to get to a favorite for the year.
The first new dress we saw was at a Family Action engagement in mid-January.
The Duchess was in a bespoke version of Beulah London’s Yahvi dress ($770). The midi-length dress is done in wool crepe and features a darted bodice, fitted waist, puffed sleeves, a full skirt, and distinctive button detailing at the left hip.
On February 5, the Duchess wore another green frock for school visits.
Her new dress was by Eponine London. Featuring a retro feel, like many of Eponine’s designs, it was crafted of wool bouclé and featured full-length sleeves, cut out pockets with button detailing at the hip, and topstitching at the neckline and bodice.
When attending a Buckingham Palace reception marking the fiftieth anniversary of Prince Charles’s investiture as Prince of Wales, Kate was in a dress that remains a UFO.
The mint-colored dress featured a high collar with a ruffle, self-covered buttons with loop fasteners, a full sleeve coming to a fitted cuff, and a full skirt with all-around pleating.
March 19th, the Duchess wore Catherine Walker when she joined HM at King’s College London and also had an engagement at the Foundling Museum. Below, the dress as worn when with The Queen.
The bespoke piece showcased the fit and flare silhouette Kate is so fond of, box pleats, flared sleeves, a velvet collar, and velvet-covered buttons.
Crafted of wool crepe, this dress also showcased a fit and flare design, as well as a square neckline, applied waistband, and concealed zipper.
The Duchess visited Bletchley Park in mid-May, choosing an Alessandra Rich dress for that engagement.
The ‘Pleated Polka-Dot Silk Crepe de Chine Midi Dress’ offered a slightly retro feel, which makes sense: it was inspired by a 1945 photograph. Made of silk, it had a contrasting spread collar, pleated skirt, and contrasting cuffs.
At Trooping the Colour in June, the Duchess wore Alexander McQueen.
The soft yellow dress featured a v-neck with double elongated collar, inset waistband, and slightly peaked shoulders.
The Virginia Midi Dress (£449, about $570 at today’s exchange rates) was made of silk chiffon and had a v-neck, flutter sleeves, fitted bodice with an A-line skirt that also featured a flounced hem.
The Duchess sported another new brand, Sandro Paris, when unveiling her Back to Nature Garden at the Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival in July.
The Printed Flowing Midi Dress ($199 at Harrods). It is made of 100% polyester fabric, with floaty batwing-sleeves, a hidden back zipper, and deep v-neck bodice with ruching and decorative buttons.
For her first appearance at Wimbledon last year, the Duchess wore Suzannah.
Made of an Italian silk crepe, the Flippy Wiggle Dress (£1850, about $2340) was tea-length, with pintucks at the front yoke and waist, half-sleeves with a button cuff and contrasting silk covered buttons.
She wore the brand’s Madison silk chiffon dress (originally $525), a 100% silk design with a “loose, tiered silhouette,” short sleeves, and a full skirt.
The Duchess wore Emilia Wickstead for the 2019 Gentleman’s Singles Final at Wimbledon.
Based on the ‘Jordin Dress,’ the soft blue frock had a fitted bodice with a squared neckline, twisted strap detail at the shoulder, and a full, pleated skirt.
For the final unveiling of her Back to Nature Garden in September, the Duchess wore an Emilia Wickstead dress.
The ‘Aurora’ dress was done in a lightweight cotton seersucker with a floral print. It was midi-length and featured a button front, chest pockets, deep cuffs, a wide belt, and self-covered buttons.
Late in October, Kensington Palace released photos of a reception the Duke and Duchess had for BBC Radio One’s Teen Hero Award winners.
Kate wore LK Bennett for the event, the brand’s Gabrielle Dress in a silk/elastane blend. The fabric is described as having an archive coral print in toffee and black, and the dress had tuck detailing at the shoulders, “a mini V-neck, ruching through the front, long sleeves and a floaty midi-length skirt.”
The midi-length design is called the ‘Kate’ and showcased a slim-fitting bodice enhanced with contouring darts above and below the waistband, a fully lined A-line skirt, and concealed back zipper.
At the annual Festival of Remembrance last year, the Duchess wore a dress that remains a UFO.
The dress had a bateau neckline, princess seams, long sleeves, and a velvet band at the waist.
We saw another dress by Alessandra Rich for the Mary Berry Christmas special.
A modified version of the “Pleated Polka Dot & Petals Silk Print Dress,” the piece was made of lightweight silk crêpe de chine. It featured structured, padded shoulders, a front keyhole opening, a tie-neck (not seen on the off the rack dress), long sleeves, a distinctive v-shaped insert panel at the waistline and full pleated skirt.
At a December NATO reception, the Duchess wore a dress believed to be by Alexander McQueen.
The shirtdress had a pleated skirt, band collar, slightly puffed shoulders, and an inset waistband.
The Pink Printed Midi Dress (most recently sold for $122) is 100% polyester, with a front placket, long sleeves, and vee neckline.
I’m hopeful we may see a video yet this week of calls the Duchess and/or Duke & Duchess have been making. The Wednesday Court Circular reports they spoke with volunteers from Shout on a video call. Shout is the texting service for people in crisis. Below, the couple at a celebration for Shout volunteers in November.