Kate Middleton’s quintessentially English daintiness is hard to emulate. With an effortless blue-blooded style inspired by country home attire and an “I just got off my horse” elegance, the queen-in-waiting, 29, stays true to her refined and royal-approved aesthetic. We’ve already pointed to Issa and Libelula, but here are three more British brands that never steer her wrong:
The retailer, known for classic and polished high-end pieces such as cape jackets, classic evening wear and minimalist tailoring, is one of Middleton’s wardrobe staples. The bride-to-be chose Reiss’ understated yet sexy asymmetrical white Nannette dress for her photographic engagement spread, shot by Mario Testino. The dress was supposedly available last week at reissonline.com, but we see no sign of it on the site. It will, however, be available in US Reiss locations starting Monday, going for $325.
We’re smitten with this quaint shop known for their perfect trousers, decadent knitwear and well-designed cocktail dresses in luxe fabrics. Kate resurrected her much-loved Whistles silk cream blouse with delicate stitching (part of the brand’s Autumn/Winter 2008 collection) for the intimate engagement snaps. The piece is being re-released by the brand as a limited edition this month. whistles.co.uk
Hooker, a mainstay of London’s King’s Road—where Middleton frequents—is known for supplying Kate’s collection of elegant toppers. The line of East Coast prep meets horsey sophistication includes tailored tweed ankle-length coats and paisley and cashmere scarves perfect for keeping the duchess chic and warm at royal events. katherinehooker.com