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Best coat dresses inspired by Kate Middleton: From John Lewis to LK Bennett

Kate Middleton is a big fan of the coat dress, and now you will be, too!

If there’s one type of clothing in Kate Middleton’s wardrobe that’s worn on repeat, it’s a coat dress.

Elegant and timeless, the coat dress is part sharp tailoring, part softness and favoured by not just Kate, but fellow royals Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, Zara Tindall and sisters Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice.

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Kate's Alexander McQueen coat dress made for a dreamy outfit earlier this year

What is a coat dress?

Not to state the obvious, but a coat dress is a dress that resembles a coat. Usually with a collar or lapel, they can be opened by a front enclosure, typically buttons. A coat dress is often made from slightly thicker material than cotton, and most commonly has long or three-quarter sleeves.

The most popular type of coat dress is the style Duchess Kate wears, with a fit-and-flare silhouette that nips in at the waist with long or half-sleeves, and has either has a collar or wider neckline with lapel.

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If Kate’s style is a little too classic for you, look to Meghan Markle for your more modern coat dress inspo. The mum of two is a big believer in a tuxedo dress, a cooler version of the classic coat dress that is essentially an elongated version of a blazer or tuxedo suit jacket.

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When to wear a coat dress

Occasion wear and coat dresses go hand in hand – you can wear one to Ascot, a christening or a wedding. A coat dress is a popular choice for a mother of the bride outfit too.

How to wear a coat dress

Wearing a coat dress is easy – it’s a one and done type of outfit.

They work best with a closed-toe heeled shoe, like a court shoe, or a heeled espadrille (yes, Kate and her Catherine Walker coat dresses really are your best reference). Due to their tailored nature, a structured bag or clutch is your best accessory.

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The best coat dresses we love

Wool Blend Drape Coat Dress, £125, Karen Millen

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Occasion Coat Dress, £249/$500, Hobbs

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Helen McAlinden Coat Midi Dress, £400, John Lewis

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Vintage inspired Coat Dress, £126.40, Etsy

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Midi Trench Dress, £135/$232, Karen Millen

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Belted Coat Dress, £235/$425, Phase Eight

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Cream Blazer Dress, £37, River Island

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Coast Tuxedo Dress, £131, Debenhams

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Crepe Frock Coat Dress, £299/$540, LK Bennett

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Tux Belted Coat Dress, £153/$262, Karen Millen via Klarna

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Lapel collar coat dress, £7.49/$15, Shein

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Military Tuxedo Blazer Dress, £119/$204, Karen Millen

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Teri Jon by Rickie Freeman Coat Dress, £506.64/$600, Saks

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