25 of Kate Middleton's Most Chic Sundresses

Madison Breaux | Nov 15, 2019 Celebrities
25 of Kate Middleton's Most Chic Sundresses
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Kate Middleton
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When it comes to living the royal lifestyle, there are a lot of gowns, tiaras, and high heels involved. The lovely Kate Middleton has spent the last eight years of her life dressing in a regal way, and although this usually means dressing to the nines, every once in a while, she has the opportunity to wear a trusty sundress during her engagements. Now, of course, sundress means something completely different to us than it does to Kate, but the idea behind it is pretty much the same! Kate's royal sundresses are definitely more fancy and elegant than anything most people would wear, but the duchess probably considers them to be dressing down. That's the life when you have a closet filled with ballgowns!

Kate Middleton's royal fashion has been something to envy for nearly a decade, and even though her sundresses are a little out of our league, they're still the most attainable Kate style in our opinion. And honestly, is there anything people love more than the Duchess of Cambridge's outfits

No matter what the weather may be, it's always a good time to take a step back and look at some of Kate's best sundress styles. She's rocked everything from longer, flowy dress to super bright, structured numbers, and all of it has looked completely fit for a royal duchess. We're sure Kate loves wearing her elegant gowns and fancy coats, but it's pretty easy to tell that the summer season is truly where she shines the most. Who doesn't love feeling pretty in a nice casual dress? Even Kate isn't immune to wanting something flowing and light during the summer heat, so let's all take inspiration from her and admire 25 of her best royal sundresses.

  • Special Admirer

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    Kate Middleton Prince Louis
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    It's always nice when someone appreciates an outfit as much as the wearer, and it looks like the photographer wasn't the only one who was loving her sundress. Prince Louis seemed quite enamored with his mum as they watched Prince William compete in his charity polo match.

  • Bouncy Yellow

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    Kate Middleton
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    This light yellow sundress almost gave Kate a hefty wardrobe malfunction early on in her royal career, but she handled the unruly wind with all of the grace and class of a veteran duchess. 

  • Standing Pretty

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    Kate Middleton
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    There's no better way to admire a sweet sundress than Kate standing front and center in the midst of all the action, right? Although, no matter where the duchess is standing, the cameras always seem to find her ... and it's no wonder why!

  • Polka Dot Beauty

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    Kate Middleton
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    Kate always brings her A-game once the Wimbledon tennis tournament rolls around every year, and this sweet polka dot number was definitely one of her best. People usually think of polka dots as juvenile, but Kate is here to tell us that this is definitely not true.

  • Soft & Flowy

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    Kate Middleton
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    The two important things that make a regular dress have the sundress quality are definitely softness and flowiness. This baby blue number that the duchess wore back in the day definitely meets all of the requirements for a rockstar sundress.

  • Brighter Than the Sun

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    Kate Middleton
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    We don't know quite how she does it, but Kate is the expert at rocking bright yellow sundresses. She has a couple of dresses in her fashion repertoire, but this sunny structured sundress is definitely one of our favorites.

  • Breaking the Rules

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    Kate Middleton
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    Not only was Kate able to go casual with her adorable sundress, but she was also able to get away with wearing wedges -- all because Queen Elizabeth wasn't present. The monarch is known to dislike that footwear style, but that doesn't stop Kate from breaking them out with some of her more elegant sundresses.

  • Ready for the Tropics

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    Kate Middleton
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    Honestly, we love Kate when she's totally English and prim-looking, but one of our favorite Kate style is when she is completely ready for the beach. She and Prince William have taken a few tropical royal trips over the years, and she always breaks out her best sundresses.

  • Yellow ... Again

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    Kate Middleton
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    The duchess of yellow strikes again! Seriously, most people are completely washed out by such a bright color, but Kate never fails to look completely glowy and radiant when she pops on a stunning yellow sundress like this one.

  • Good 'Ol Peter Pan Collar

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    Kate Middleton
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    Oh the days when the Peter Pan collar was the style trend of the moment. Although most of us might look back and wonder what we were thinking, Kate can look back at this photo and breathe a sigh of relief. She made the Peter Pan collar timeless with this black sundress!

  • Stunning in Red

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    Kate Middleton
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    We just absolutely love how Kate never shies away from sporting bright colors. Even though she may not be as trailblazing with her royal fashion as her duchess counterpart Meghan Markle, Kate is bold in her own way. And we just love her for it!

  • One With the Wind

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    Kate Middleton
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    Is there anything better than the wind actually cooperating and making a sundress look better? Nope! And it's also no surprise that our dear Kate managed to get the weather on her side while she was wearing this dressed-up sundress.

  • Perfectly Coordinated

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    Kate Middleton Prince William
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    We love a good coordinated couple! Although Prince William's suit and deep purple tie isn't a direct match, there's no denying that he sure looks great up against Kate's pale yellow sundress. 

  • The Duchess Yellow

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    Kate Middleton
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    There's definitely no better place to wear a bright yellow sundress than the Wimbledon tennis tournament, right? Kate is always on theme and very animated during the tournament, and we'd be lying to say we didn't look forward to it every year just to see what the duchess puts on.

  • Covered in Lace

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    Kate Middleton
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    Lace on a sundress is pretty much the most perfect pair we could think of ... especially for our dear Kate Middleton. We all remember the amazing lace that was on her wedding dress, so any time she wears it from here on out, we can't help but get that fuzzy feeling again. We're sure she does too!

  • Fit for the Kids

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    Kate Middleton Prince George Princess Charlotte
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    The trick for any royal mom (or any mom for that matter) is to find kid-proof sundresses. Kate definitely seems to have found a few that she can break out for those days when she has to chase around George, Charlotte, and now little Louis for hours on end.

  • A Little Unorthodox

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    Kate Middleton
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    This long-sleeved sundress is a little bit more out there than Kate usually wears, but no surprise to anyone, she looked absolutely amazing in it. We love when Kate really gets into the island mood during the Cambridges' tropical trips.

  • Not Afraid of Pattern

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    Kate Middleton
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    Who ever said a good sundress strictly has to be pale colors and simple lace? Kate has never been one to shy away from wearing bright patterns, and this geometric sundress is definitely one of her most elegant.

  • Something New

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    Kate Middleton
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    Who doesn't love when Kate breaks out a completely new outfit? Even though we had seen those trusty wedges before, her soft and muted sundress was a new addition to her closet. We hope we see this one many times in the future!

  • A More Upscale Take

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    Kate Middleton
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    Our idea of a sundress and a sundress fit for a duchess are two very different things. Kate basically lives in fancy gowns and coat dresses, so when she wears something a little bit more casual in the summer, such as this beautiful pale pink number, it's pretty much considered a sundress for her. And it looks fantastic.

  • In Black & White 

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    Kate Middleton
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    Visiting the National Maritime Museum, Kate brought out this simple but classy number, paired with what looks like Princess Diana's sapphire earrings. And the fact that she looks so happy? Well, that just must mean she loves this dress, too. 

  • Pink & Purple Florals

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    Kate Middleton
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    There aren't too many sundress days in London, so Kate totally takes advantage of them when they come -- even if it means sporting a longer sleeve. This floral pattern is so fun, and we love the tie at the neck. It might be warm on an American summer day, but if the sun's out in London, this dress was probably perfect. 

  • A Pop of Color

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    Kate Middleton
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    Blue is one of Kate's best colors, and it looks gorgeous on her here. Don't get us wrong -- she looks good in white too, but this pop of blue florals really pulls the look together. Plus, it makes the outfit scream "springtime." 

  • In Blue & Coral 

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    Kate Middleton
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    Kate wore this dress for the Patron's Lunch to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday. Something about these happy colors definitely seems perfect for a birthday to us! Not to mention the fact that, like we said before, blue is totally Kate's color.

  • Strolling With William

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    Prince William, Kate Middleton
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    For this one, we're taking it back to 2015. Remember when Kate had bangs? That hair trend may have passed for her, but she'd definitely still wear this dress on a sunny day in 2019. It's the perfect amount of business casual without being too stuffy.

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