Following her and Prince Harry's official tour of the Southern Hemisphere, one thing became clear about Meghan Markle's style: she's obsessed with royal blue. And although the Duchess has kept the shade in constant rotation since becoming a royal in May, her sister-in-law tries her hand at the color every now and then, too. On Wed., Kate Middleton's blue coat dress proved she knows a thing or two about Meghan's go-to shade.
Middleton was photographed wearing her own take on the cobalt trend while attending a daytime event with Prince William in Rotherham on Nov. 14. Middleton wore a knee-length blue coat dress by Eponine London, which features an A-line belted waist, round buttons, and three-quarter sleeves. The Duchess of Cambridge accessorized with a matching pair of pointed blue suede pumps, a style she's been known to lean on over and over again. She finished off the traditional-looking ensemble with subtle earrings, a watch (complete with blue precious gemstones), and a navy clutch by Smythson.
Middleton wore her long, highlighted hair in a voluminous side part with the ends flipped up in loose curls. As usual, she kept her beauty look minimal with rosy cheeks, thick, long lashes, and a soft, nude lip.
Middleton, a seasoned professional when it comes to restyling old outfits in new ways, actually brought out this dress for the first time in January 2017. And it isn't the only blue dress in her closet — the Duchess opted for a similarly structured blue midi by Jenny Packham just two weeks ago, as well as a blue lace gown (also by Packham).
It's possible that Middleton took notes from her royal sister-in-law, who's equally (if not even more so) obsessed with everything bold and blue. Markle's style tends to be a bit more experimental than Middleton's, constantly bending the protocol for royal dressing by baring her shoulders, skipping out on tights, and even dabbling in slit dresses by on-trend, affordable retailers. The Duchess of Sussex recently stunned in a super-sheer, pleated midi skirt in royal blue, paired with a matching top and heels.
Although their aesthetics are so different, the two royal women regularly work blue into their looks, wearing (and re-wearing) the shade in all forms. Whether you see yourself as more of a Markle or a Middleton, it's time to add a pop of color to your wardrobe, too.
Ahead, shop The Zoe Report's favorite blue dresses of the moment, all of which are suited for a day at the office, happy hour, holiday parties, and more.
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Laurin Buttoned Down Dress
While it has a similar look to Middleton's coat dress, the short sleeves and thin fabric on this shirt dress offer more room for layering. Try wearing it under a black shearling coat with a pair of slouchy, suede boots and statement earrings.
Jackie O Dress
This belted beauty gives off some seriously sophisticated Jackie Kennedy vibes. Dress it up for an evening event with a pair of patent leather pumps, or wear it with pointy suede heels for a more professional occasion.
Long Ribbed Dress
Have you ever woken up on a freezing cold day in desperate need to look stylish while keeping cozy? You've officially met your match, because this dress is just as elegant as it is comfortable. Increase the edge by wearing it with a pair of platform combat boots, a leather backpack, and thick gold hoops.
Draped Silk-Satin Midi Dress
A silky slip dress is a necessity no matter the season, especially because of how versatile they can be. Wear this piece under a leather jacket, layered on top of a form-fitting knit, or pair it with an oversized blazer.
Horn Button Shirt Midi Dress
The classic details on this elevated version of a sweater dress make it perfect for a holiday party, a family get together, or any other seasonal engagement you may find on your calendar.
This pleated midi features a unique open back, a tie-waist, and flouncy sleeves.