Kate Middleton: Trendsetting Duchess causes spike in demand for ‘houndstooth’ dresses

Kate Middleton has always worn iconic dresses, one of which she donned on Tuesday as she undertook surprise royal engagements. The Duchess stepped out in a stunning houndstooth number and consequently searches for the monochrome pattern surged by 305 percent. This was following Kate’s surprise outing to University College London on Tuesday.

The dress originally retailed for £89.99 from Zara and is a midi-length dress with a monochrome houndstooth check print.

The Duchess’s outfit was belted at the waist and decorated with a pussy-bow neckline.

It also featured long balloon sleeves, which have certainly come back into fashion in 2021.

This is not the first time the Duchess of Cambridge recycled an outfit. She has built a positive reputation for doing so over her 10 years as a working royal.


Kate paired her black and white knee-length dress with a classic pair of grey heels and her iconic bouncy blow-dry.

The heels were Kate’s grey Hugo Boss pumps, and the Duchess also accessorised with her Mappin & Webb Empress earrings.

Both perfectly complimented the dress’s pussy bow neckline and oversized sleeves.

Kate’s dress was not the only part of her outfit which the Duchess had worn before.

In November 2016, the Duchess of Cambridge wore her grey pointed Hugo Boss court shoes to an event at the Natural History Museum in London.

They are the Staple P90-L pumps in grey by Hugo Boss, and they looked sensational on Kate.

Moreover, Kate’s beautiful Mappin & Webb’s Empress Earrings were first debuted for Princess Charlotte’s christening in 2016.

They vary in price from £1,500 to £3,750, and the Duchess of Cambridge makes them look very stylish.

Kate Middleton wore her famous brunette locks in a loose, blow-dried style for her visit to UCL, and her fresh, glowing makeup highlighted her pretty features.

The Duchess of Cambridge was visiting the Centre for Longitudinal Studies at UCL, as she was interested in their research which tracks the holistic development of children from the age of nine months to five years.

Ahead of her engagement, the Duchess said: “Our early childhoods shape our adult lives and knowing more about what impacts this critical time is fundamental to understanding what we as a society can do to improve our future health and happiness.

“The landmark ‘Children of the 2020s’ study will illustrate the importance of the first five years and provide insights into the most critical aspects of early childhood, as well as the factors which support or hinder positive lifelong outcomes.

“I am committed to supporting greater in-depth research in this vital area and I’m delighted to be meeting all those behind the study at this early stage.”

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