Cathy Cambridge’s Best Day Dresses, Part One

Posted on April 14, 2020

Kittens, we gave you Cathy’s Top Ten Gowns of all time and then we gave you her Top Ten Sporty-Casual looks, but when it came time to compile the Duchess’s best day dresses of all time, we were so overwhelmed by the selection, we had to break out of the mold and do the wildly unexpected thing of serving up a Top TWENTY. Girlfriend wears a LOT of day dresses in her job.

For the purposes of this list, we crossed off any of the more formal events, like Commonwealth Day or Trooping the Colour. We wanted to keep it in the floaty-to-sharp daytime mode that she likes to wear most often. We also crossed off any coat dresses, because they’re an entirely different sort of day look and we may wind up doing a whole list of those down the road. For now, here’s Mrs. Cathy, doing the royal work in her best businesswear (in no particular order):



L.K. Bennett, August 2017

A gorgeous floral for a garden walk.



Suzannah, September 2019

Business-like and unusually high-contrast and colorless (for her).



Top Shop, April 2016
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She gives herself permission to loosen up on the styles and prints a little when she’s doing a Royal Tour.




Roksanda Ilincic, April 2014Catherine-Duchess-Roksanda-Ilincic-Sydney-Airport-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO

This is her other day look go-to (aside from the floaty print dresses): a sharp, businesslike cut in a bold color.




Alexander McQueen, September 2016
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LOVE this print. The colors are gorgeous and the pattern is unexpected.




Michael Kors, September 2019

Perfect “Dropping the kids off at the first day of school in front of a wall of cameras” look.



Dolce & Gabbana, July 2018

She loves herself a crisply fitted bold yellow, it seems.




Kate Spade, October 2016


She doesn’t sport too many American designers with any frequency, but she’s perfect for the Kate Spade aesthetic.




Jenny Packham, February 2018

One of her most iconic looks, flawlessly chosen for this occasion to be both photogenic and memorable.




Erdem, February 2018

LOVELOVELOVE this one just for being so off-model for her.


More to come in Part Two!


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