5 Gray Coats Like Kate Middleton’s That Double As The Ideal Winter Dress
If there's one thing the Duchess of Cambridge wears more frequently than a classic, flowy frock, it's a refined coat dress. It's an efficient fashion staple that perfectly fuses together elements of the essential outerwear piece (read: warmth) with the elegance of a dress, so it's easy to see why she turns to it time and time again. But, if you needed any more convincing that this double-duty piece should, in fact, be a part of your winter lineup, allow Kate Middleton's gray coat to convince you.
On Nov. 28, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge set out for a busy day of public engagements, first stopping by Leicester City in the United Kingdom. There, the couple paid their respects to those who died in a tragic helicopter accident on Oct. 27. For the occasion, Prince William wore a navy-blue suit, a set he's known to frequent during his official outings. Similarly, Middleton opted for a closet staple that has quickly become a signature part of her style: a coat dress, which, unsurprisingly, hails from Catherine Walker.
Middleton's coat dress features large button detailing, a peter pan collar with black trim, and a pleated, flare skirt — it's perfectly classic yet elegant at the same time. To combat the dropping temperatures, the Duchess turned to simple black tights for added warmth, and accessorized her refined and practical look with her favorite black suede pumps by Tods.
Middleton finished off the sophisticated ensemble with pearl stud earrings, a silver watch, and a black, vintage-inspired, croc-effect bag from Aspinal of London. She wore her hair pulled back, adding in a simple velvet ribbon to spice up her look.
It should come as no surprise that the Nov. 28 sighting wasn't the first time the Duchess has donned the gray Catherine Walker coat dress. The elegant piece actually made its debut back in Aug. 2018, while the family was vacationing in Scotland. That time, Middleton accessorized the staple with a black fascinator and pearl drop earrings that were borrowed from the Queen.
It's difficult to muster up the energy to get dressed in the wintertime, especially when you'd rather stay in your warm bed than face the cold. But as Middleton's latest look proves, sometimes all it takes to piece together a winning, cold-weather look is one staple: a coat that can just as easily be worn as as a dress.
As the Duchess proves so well, coat dresses are warm, sleek, and so easy to wear. Simply add in a few accessories (whether it's a belt, textured tights, or statement jewels) to take the outerwear essential to new heights. Ahead, shop The Zoe Report's roundup of trend-forward gray coats that double as the perfect winter dress.
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Cold-Shoulder Feather-Trimmed Wool-Blend Coat
This Prada coat is guaranteed to liven up your outerwear collection in an instant. Its boxy, oversized silhouette makes it the perfect piece to wear over even your chunkiest of knits, and the feather trim (which actually conceals the coat's button) is so fashion-forward.
Simple and sleek, this double-breasted coat is perfect for the minimalist who prefers clean-cut lines and easy silhouettes. What's more, it has subtle nods to the tuxedo dresses that even fellow royal Meghan Markle has donned. Style it with bright-red boots and black tights for a refined-meets-fun look.
Double Breasted Coat With Drapey Collar Detail
This gray coat is certain to keep you warm and toasty on even the coldest winter days. If you're wanting to wear this one as a dress, simply button it up and throw in a statement-making belt to create a more fitted silhouette.
Shearling-Trimmed Checked Woven Coat
When you can wear a wardrobe staple more than one way, it becomes all the more investment-worthy. That's why this shearling-trimmed coat is definitely a must-have. Throw it over a simple jeans-and-tee combo or rock it buttoned-up as a dress. Add in a poppy belt for a waist-defining element.
Lauren Ralph Lauren
One of the best outerwear silhouettes to wear as a dress? A wrap-style coat. Pair this long, menswear-inspired piece with a black turtleneck, adding in glitter tights and eye-catching heels to elevate the look.