15 Kate Middleton-Inspired Wedding Guest Dresses Fit for Any Regal Wedding

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Kate Middleton has served us with some of the most fashionable and sophisticated outfits from the royal family in recent years. From her Alexander McQueen wedding gown to channeling Princess Diana more than once, it’s really no surprise that the Princess of Wales is always a best-dressed wedding guest. Though she's known to regularly wear Alexander McQueen, by creative director Sarah Burton, believe it or not, Kate has also worn more reasonably priced looks from brands like Topshop and Whistles.

If you're looking for a sophisticated and chic dress for your upcoming weddings, Kate is the one to turn to for inspiration. And what we love most about her looks is that she isn’t afraid to take risks. Whether it’s a bold pink hue or an elaborate fascinator, she is willing to step outside of the box and embrace her personal style.

Ahead, we’ve put together some of our favorite dresses inspired by her best wedding guest outfits. Scroll on for five of the Princess' best-dressed guest moments, and advice on how to channel the royal looks yourself.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speaks to Princess Charlotte after the wedding of Pippa Middleton


Following Kate Middleton’s nuptials to Prince William, the Princess of Wales's sister, Pippa, had her moment at the alter in May of 2017. And to fulfill her sister-of-the-bride duties, Kate donned a custom-made dress by Sarah Burton. She paired the blush mid-length ensemble with Gianvito Rossi 105 pumps, in Praline suede, and a Jane Taylor hat.    

Best Mini Option

Zimmermann Silk Wrap V Neck Mini Dress

light pink Silk Wrap V-Neck Minidress

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Size: 2-10 | Materials: Silk | Length: Mini

To capture Kate’s soft and feminine aesthetic, shop this Zimmermann wrap dress. While the hemline falls at mid-thigh, the blush color and the banded sleeves make this look akin to Kate’s original bespoke piece. 

Price at time of publish: $595

For a Formal Wedding

Lulus Blush Pink Dress

light pink long sleeve maxi dress

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Size: XXS-XL | Materials: Polyester | Length: Maxi

For a longer option, we are fans of this blush pink maxi dress. This is especially perfect for a maid-of-honor look, but can also be worn if you’re invited to a more formal wedding. Style with dangling earrings and a neutral heel à la Kate.

Price at time of publish: $72

Best Off-the-Shoulder

Ted Baker Edenio Off-the-Shoulder Midi Dress

Off-the-Shoulder pink Midi Dress

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Size: 2-12 | Materials: Polyester | Length: Midi

While this dress differs from Kate’s dress in many ways, the feminine and romantic style emulates her look perfectly. The off-the-shoulder neckline will elegantly show off your décolletage, plus the skirt has a bit of movement making for a younger look.     

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the wedding of Princess Eugenie


For Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's wedding in October of 2018, Kate opted for a more spirited ensemble compared to her past guest outfits. Here, she wears a raspberry-colored Alexander McQueen dress styled with a matching Philip Treacy fascinator. She then finished off the eye-catching look with velvet accessories and—most notably—the Queen’s Diamond Pendant. 

Most On-Trend

Reformation Rita Dress

hot pink midi dress

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Size: XS-XL | Materials: Cotton, spandex | Length: Midi

Hot pink happens to be an especially popular color right now (thanks to the rise of Barbiecore) so this Reformation midi is Kate Middleton-approved and on-trend. Like Kate’s dress, this option features a puff sleeve and a high neckline.  

Price at time of publish: $248

Best Silhouette

Aje Admiration Asymmetric Mini Dress

hot pink mini dress

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Size: 4-16 | Materials: Linen, viscose, polyester, cotton | Length: Mini

For a more modern take on Kate’s pink moment, we love this asymmetrical mini dress from Aje. The subtle cutout and exaggerated puff sleeves make for a statement-making look, but the high-neckline and pleated skirt stay true to Kate’s style.  

Price at time of publish: $425

For a Casual Event

J.Crew Sweetheart Long-Sleeve Mini Dress

hot pink long sleeve mini dress

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Size: 00-24 | Materials: Cotton, viscose | Length: Mini

If you’re attending a more casual wedding, but still want to pull inspiration from Middleton, this J.Crew dress is a fun choice. The puff shoulders mimic the silhouette of Kate's dress, but the sweetheart neckline and skater skirt make for a more casual take on the royal look.  

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, accompanied by her police protection officer

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We already know Kate Middleton is a style icon amongst the royal family, so it’s no surprise that she sported several chic maternity dresses throughout her pregnancies. The most shocking part of this look, though, is that it’s actually completely affordable—the Princess's polka-dot maternity dress is from Topshop! Unfortunately, the mini is no longer available, but we found a few great alternatives we could see Kate loving.     

For a Backyard Event

River Island Black Polka Dot Cut-Out Mini Dress

polka dot mini dress

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Size: 6-18 | Materials: Polyester | Length: Mini 

This mini dress keeps the same style as Kate’s look, but it also has a cutout on the back. To make the dress more ceremony-appropriate, style with a black blazer which can be taken off during the reception.

Price at time of publish: $71

Best Maternity Option

Hatch The Tori Wrap Dress

polka dot wrap dress

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Size: 0-4 | Materials: Rayon, nylon | Length: Tea-length

Keeping with the maternity theme, this polka-dot dress from Hatch is just as comfortable as it is fashionable. Dress it up or down depending on the wedding dress code, and pair it with comfortable heels or wedges.   

Best Embellishments

Saloni Jamie Short Dress

mini polka dot dress

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Size: 0-14 | Materials: Silk, polyester | Length: Mini 

While this is much more of a splurge than Kate’s dress—shockingly —it does put a fun twist on the more conservative look. No need for heavy accessories, the bead and crystal bows are the centerpiece of this mini masterpiece. 

Price at time of publish: $650

 Prince Harry and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the wedding of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall

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It really doesn’t get more regal than this coat dress Kate wore to a wedding in 2011, the same year she married Prince William. The sophisticated gold brocade dress is from DAY Birger et Mikkelsen, and was accessorized with a unique Gina Foster Millinery hat and LK Bennett Sledge heels.

Best Coat Dress

Teri Jon by Rickie Freeman Metallic Jacket Dress

gold metallic coat

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Size: 2-22 | Materials: Polyester, metallic | Length: Below the knee 

If you like the idea of a coat dress, this option from Teri Jon by Rickie Freeman is an almost perfect dupe. While the buttons are concealed in the front, it instead features a dramatic bow tie waist making for a more youthful take on the formal dress. 

Best Long-Sleeve Option

Kobi Halperin Leah A-Line Dress

gold foil mini dress

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Size: XS-XXL | Materials: Silk, polyester | Length: Mini

Pulling from the gold brocade pattern aesthetic, we think this A-line mini is a fun take on the look. If you're hoping to keep things sophisticated, style the dress with nude heels and a simple clutch.  

For a Black-Tie Wedding

Teri Jon by Rickie Freeman Metallic Jacquard A-Line Dress

Metallic Jacquard A-Line Dress

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Size: 2-18 | Materials: Polyester | Length: Midi

For a black-tie wedding, you can’t go wrong with this glamorous and elegant jacquard cocktail dress. While you won’t be upstaging the bride, you are sure to feel like royalty when you slip into this number.  

Price at time of publish: $580

Prince Harry and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the wedding of Lucy Meade and Charlie Budgett

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If you’re in need of some coat inspiration for winter or early spring weddings, Kate has you covered. She wore this M Missoni coat to Lucy Meade and Charlie Budgett's nuptials in March of 2014. Under the coat, she sported a Whistles blue patterned dress and also accessorized with gold jewelry.

Best Tea-Length

Whistles Brushed Geo Dobby Dress

blue midi dress

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Size: 0-16 | Materials: Recycled polyester | Length: Midi

Taking inspiration from the blue color of Kate’s coat, this Whistles dress is perfect for a cocktail attire wedding. The brand is a favorite of the Princess, so we have a feeling this dress would get her seal of approval.

Price at time of publish: $359

Best Winter Coat

J.Crew Petite Wool-Blend Lady Coat

blue dress coat

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Size: 0-24 | Materials: Wool, polyester | Length: Midi

As for what to wear on top, this J.Crew dress coat is certainly a winner. Try out a monochrome look with a matching dress or pair with a printed blue dress as Kate did. 

Price at time of publish: $298

Best Tweed Option

Lulus Need for Tweed Navy Blue Multi Tweed Sleeveless Mini Dress

navy tweed mini dress

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Size: XS-XL | Materials: Tweed | Length: Mini

For a laid-back summer wedding, embody Kate’s coat fabric with this tweed mini dress. You could even wear it for a bridal shower or rehearsal dinner if you are attending either event.

Price at time of publish: $85

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