Patterned after Royalty: A Kate Middleton-Inspired Look for Your Wedding Day

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge – still often referred to as Kate Middleton – wore one of the most iconic wedding outfits in history. On the 29th of April, 2011, she married Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, wearing a stunning Alexander McQueen piece designed by Sarah Burton.

The ‘Kate effect’ exists to this day. Women all over the UK still pine after the duchess’ dazzling ensemble and wish to don it on their own special day. You won’t be able to wear the original, but here’s how you can come close:

The Gown

Kate Middleton’s dress featured an ivory lace long-sleeved bodice and a floor-length satin bottom. Burton accentuated Kate’s waist by adding volume below the midsection of the gown. The underskirt doesn’t skimp on detail either: it features lace-trimmed layers of silk tulle underneath to resemble an opening flower when the maid-of-honour lifts the train.

To achieve a similar effect, visit a professional wedding tailor when choosing a gown. Hitched Bridal has an excellent collection of wedding gowns that feature regal designs that resemble Kate’s. Clients may even request specific alterations to pattern their dress after the duchess’.


Kate Middleton’s only accessories were a beautiful Cartier tiara from Queen Elizabeth II, and a pair of silver dangling earrings that bore her family crest. They drew attention to her décolletage, emphasising the gorgeous neckline of her gown.

When channelling Kate’s style for your wedding, aim for simplicity. Skip the necklace and wear statement earrings that enhance your features. Top it off with a studded headband above your veil.


To complement Kate’s gown, Burton provided the duchess with white ivory satin heels. The delicate lace details on the shoes were hand-embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework.

Pair your wedding dress with pointed milk-coloured pumps or stilettos. Just make sure the fabric of your shoes matches your dress.

It’s been six years since the royal wedding but Kate Middleton’s ensemble remains a classic. Everyone wants to look like royalty on their wedding day and designers today make that possible.