London Calling

Rehearsal Dinner: Dress Like the Duchess

Leave it to Kate to look effortlessly chic at any given moment. From her perfectly coiffed head down to her classically outfitted feet, the Duchess can do no sartorial wrong. So with a soon-to-be-booked wedding season, it seemed only appropriate to turn to this style icon across the pond for fashion inspiration. When it comes to rehearsal dinner dressing, you'll want to choose a look that, like your wedding day outfit, is timeless, yet fresh. And with whimsical white and blue making a grand return for Spring, I simply couldn't help but resurface this stunning ensemble Kate Middleton donned for her birthday last year. While she kept accessories to a bare minimum, I've given my take a dash of additional eye interest with saturated sapphire blue accents and a pop of gold. You'll want to keep the shoes neutral, and opt for swept-up tresses to keep the focus on the design details of the dress. Dress: Alice + Olivia "Fila" embroidered tulle dress, $595, Neiman Marcus, 704-442-7900; Earrings: Goldie Knots, $16, Teal House Collection, 704-363-7174; Necklace: Jamia navy necklace, $32, Teal House Collection; Shoes: Manolo Blahnik BB Suede 105mm pump in Flesh, $595, Neiman Marcus; Clutch: Navy split bow clutch, $42, Debenham's

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