When she’s not clad in layers of shiny sequin, tons of tinsel or blinged out in beading, the Princess of Wales can often be found in a basic Breton top, simple shirtdress or dark denim. Kate’s off-duty wardrobe also consists of plenty of sweater dresses. Easy and effortless, the sweater dress is a true closet MVP. Paired with leggings or tights, boots or flats, belts or bare, the sweater dress is endlessly versatile.
The princess often wears these knit styles for winter engagements and frequently pairs them with longline coats and tailored trenches. She also loves to accessorize the seasonal style with a micro bag or soft suede clutch.
Here are 12 of Kate Middleton’s Most Stylish Sweater Dresses:
1. Ralph Lauren Olive Long Sleeve Turtleneck Dress
The princess owns a few turtlenecks, high heel suede black boots and a riding jacket from the pioneer of the polo–Ralph Lauren. An American apparel and lifestyle brand with quintessential preppy fashions, Kate loves the retailer for their cricket sweaters, cashmere pullovers and camel heels. Kate stepped out in the brand’s olive long sleeve turtleneck sweater dress for a visit to charity Centrepoint in December 2011. The princess paired the wool and cashmere blend ‘Khaki Jersey Dress’ featuring a ribbed cuffs and collar with her signature black suede Aquatalia rhumba boots. (Similar from Ralph Lauren).
2. Oasis Black Sweater Dress
For a series of engagements in Liverpool in February 2012, the princess donned her Hobbs ‘Celeste’ belted chestnut brown coat with a sleek and soft knee-length dress from contemporary British fashion retailer Oasis. While visiting a children’s hospital, Kate wore the cozy and comfortable 3/4 sleeve turtleneck dress which she paired with black hose and heels.
3. Mango Flurry Ribbed Knitted Midi Dress
Once worn in November 2022 and again repeated for Christmas the same year, Kate donned this affordable high-street dress to visit a children’s center and celebrate the holiday season. Paired with her Hobbs Lori cashmere double-breasted coat with a tie belt and later a military McQueen topper, this stretchy ribbed knit midi was perfectly chic and cozy for the winter season. In addition, the dark green dress was ‘fashion flexible’ and allowed the princess to wear the bodycon with Gianvito Rossi fern colored pumps and brown block heel boots from the same shoemaker.
4. Victoria Beckham Cotton Blend Midi Dress
A stretchy neutral cream midi was perfect choice for Kate to fulfill the ‘vanilla girl aesthetic’ in January 2023 at the University of Leeds. The mom of three was a style sensation in the ribbed knit sweater dress hailing from Posh Spice’s collection. Luxe and lightweight, Kate opted to wear the dress with a chain buckle belt from Vanzetti and her beloved slouchy Rossi brown boots.
5. Zara Red Puff Sleeve Dress
For a bit of early Valentine’s Day theme dressing, the princess stepped out on a chilly day near the Swansea Bay in South Wales for a local meet and greet in a red dress from Zara. Clad in this slim knit midi from one of her blazer-beloved brands — Kate looked warm and weather-proof in her soft sweater dress with a round neckline and puffed long sleeves. The princess was such a fan of the style, she opted to buy a similar puff sleeve sweater from the Spanish clothing chain in a yellow mustard color (worn for a Zoom call in April 2020).
6. Alexander McQueen Sailor Dress
In July 2011, the princess debuted this nautical cable-knit ivory cashmere and cotton dress with navy bands and embroidered McQ anchors on the neck ties for a stop in Canada. The soft sweater dress had three-quarter sleeve and was also was designed with a pleated hem. Later, Kate recycled the ‘nauti’ $1300 dress for a day of tennis at Wimbledon 2012.
7. Naomi Dress by Madderson London
In January 2015, the princess was expecting Princess Charlotte when she sported this tunic dress to visit an art room at a local primary school. The navy wool shift from the brand’s maternity line has French tweed trimmed pockets and a matching hemline. Kate finished the look with black nylons and Angel heels from the brand Episode.
8. Gabriela Hearst Betti Cashmere Blend Turtleneck Dress
Blended from wool, cashmere and silk, this soft camel dress was seen on the princess in November 2022. Hailing from Hearst’s Fall/Winter 2020 runway, this midi was the ultimate fall-ready showpiece. On Community Impact Day, Kate looked like a monochrome mastermind in her A-line dress and coordinating Max&Co longrun belted coat. She accented the stylish tan on tan ensemble with her favorite top handle bag — the DeMellier Nano Montreal bag in the shade deep toffee.
9. Massimo Dutti High Neck Dress in Bottle Green
For a visit to Brink, the UK’s first dry bar, Kate was showing support for her Action on Addiction charity in this hunter green dress. The midi has an A-line silhouette, removable waist tie, high neck, long sleeves and ribbed bodice. The princess belted the dress with her own black square buckle belt in suede from ba&sh called the ‘Betty’.
10. Seraphine Vanessa Black Turtleneck Dress
The princess wore this maternity dress rendered in a luxurious Ponte Roma fabric with a mockneck and full length sleeves for a reception in New York City in December 2014. The empire style dress was the perfect LBD for the urban bash and the royal completed the style with stockings and jet black pumps. In addition, Kate accented the simple sweater dress with her $60,000 Cartier Trinity Long Station Necklace. (Dress New Season).
11. Cefinn Eva Blouson Fit and Flare Merino Dress in Navy
In January 2023, the princess was serious style goals for a visit to Merseyside in a Holland Cooper blackwatch longline wool coat and this flared sweater dress in navy. The princess shunned stockings in favor of bare legs and pointed dark blue Gianvito Rossi pumps. (Dress New Season)
12. Cefinn Eva Blouson Fit and Flare Merino Dress in Black
One day after Queen Elizabeth’s passing, Kate donned this ribbed knit dress while driving in Windsor. For the solo car ride, Kate also wore her Annoushka pearl and diamond hoop earrings as well as her Bulgari BV8170 Cat Eye Sunglasses (Similar).