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Princess Kate’s pleated trench dress is officially sold out: here are 5 similar to get the look

The Princess visited Birmingham with Prince William and wore a 2023-approved skirt trend

Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales visit The Rectory during their visit to Birmingham on April 20, 2023 in Birmingham, England
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The Prince and Princess of Wales visited Birmingham today to meet future leaders and local business owners from Birmingham's creative industries sector at The Rectory restaurant in the town centre.

There was never any doubt that Kate would step out in attire that royal fashion fans and sartorial It-girls alike would want to find immediately and recreate for their spring wardrobe.

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The Princess of Wales wearing a Karen Millen dress for her visit to Birmingham© Neil Mockford
The Princess of Wales wore Karen Millen for her visit to Birmingham

She wore a mega chic burgundy dress from Karen Millen that juxtaposed two totally different style agendas. The A-line midi (a style we know she loves and is totally on trend with), boasted a utility shirt style bodice with imitation pockets, and chunky lapels to give a structured feel. A tonal fabric belt tied at the waist to give a flattering silhouette which led onto a super feminine, pleated midi skirt – a style that has dipped in and out of popularity since the 1920s. 

Pleats are once again experiencing a surge in popularity, notably thanks to the Y2K aficionados' love of the Miu Miu mini. Katie Holmes stepped out in the most bizarre tennis mini skirt to date this week, whilst asymmetrical pleats are currently trending everywhere from Zara to Dior. This early 20th century style constantly makes it way onto the runway and into street style agendas, and Miuccia Prada even once said in a conversation with Raf Simons, that her go-to uniform “is a white pleated cotton skirt and a blue sweater.” Need we say anymore?

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The Princess has a penchant for playful midi dresses, often taking style cues from Victoria Beckham and pairing with her trusty suede knee highs. But as spring is well underway, the stylish royal eschewed boots, tights, and any other elevated layering hacks and adopted her signature tonal dressing agenda with burgundy pumps from Gianvito Rossi (she has an impressive list of GR suede footwear longer than our summer wishlist...).

As ever, Kate was bang on trend with her accessories. Something of a jewellery aficionado, she paired the look with some stunning gold statement earrings from Sezane that boasted a chunky disc and four dangle strands. If there’s any jewellery on your shopping list right now, make them this style – if Kate Middleton and Lily James wearing some this week aren’t enough to convince you they’re the go-to for summer, what is?

As with anything Kate wears, particularly if it's affordable, her bellissima burgundy dress is sold out. Thankfully, as she’s a royal who is always on trend, there are plenty of similar styles available to buy right now.

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