How To Do Summer Whites Like A Royal

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Though summer is prime time for cutoffs and bikinis aplenty, it doesn’t mean your wardrobe’s most sophisticated pieces shouldn’t get some play. This weekend at Princess Charlotte’s christening, Kate Middleton arrived in a predictably demure ensemble (an Alexander McQueen coat being the pièce de résistance), proving that a refined outfit has just as much seasonal appeal as your shortest shorts. As whites look ultra-fresh in the warm-weather months, make like a royal and wear them with the utmost level of polish. Here, the Duchess of Cambridge demonstrates the look three ways.

We know what you're thinking—a coat, in the summer? Hear us out. Though certainly not suitable for every climate, if your summer errs on the milder side, a lightweight, A-line version of the style can take the place of a prim dress.

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Pleated A-Line Coat

$1,265

Alexander McQueen

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Equal parts pretty and practical (read: breathable), a sweet dress with eyelet detailing is a seasonal staple.

Lucca Cotton Dress

$625

Queene And Belle

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A sleek pencil dress can see you through a myriad of occasions. Break up an all-white look with a subtly colorblocked style.

Monochrome Pencil Dress

$80

Mango

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