The Duchess of Cambridge has long taken style inspiration from her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana. A style icon in the 80s — the British beauty was known for colorful polka dot dresses, blazers and long pleated skirts. Lady Di’s most iconic looks were often thanks to the spotty print including a green and white dotted tunic dress she wore while presenting newborn son Prince William to the crowds on the hospital steps of St. Mary’s. Indeed, the Princess of Wales seemed infatuated with the pretty and dainty print and wore the style frequently in the summer of the mid-1980s to polo matches along with visits to Rome, Canada and Japan — now, the Duchess of Cambridge is taking a page from Diana’s stylebook and wearing the retro-minded print on repeat. The future Queen Consort has gravitated toward dark green and navy midis, scalloped peter pan collar blouses and classic shirt dresses with a polka pattern.

Take a cue from Catherine and don a polka print dress this summer:

Taylor Printed Button Front Maxi, $52.48

Kate would adore this blue puff sleeve midi with an allover polka print.

Leota Belted Surplice Dress, $148

The duchess would definitely be inclined to shop this confetti print flutter sleeve style with a flounced hem and mock wrap bodice. The model’s sneaker shoes even appear to be Superga Cotu — another Kate favorite.

 

River Island Faith Toffee Smocked Dress, $70

Pretty enough for a royal garden party, Kate would love the vintage inspired sleeves of this fun mini dress.

 

Tommy Hilfiger Sleeveless Jersey Dress, $62.97

A charming spread collar shirt dress would be ideal for Kate’s casual royal closet.

 

Ted Baker Mix Polka Dot Sleeveless Dress, $315

Perfect for a royal engagement in London, Duchess Kate would adore this pale pink dress with layers of ruffles and delicate dots.


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