The then-pregnant Princess looked incredible in the memorable frock, which featured statement puff sleeves, a ruched bodice and a frilled hem. The royal’s playful print certainly turned heads in the royal box at the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, and a year on from the dress’ debut, several of the royal ladies have proven the polka dot trend is here to stay.
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Even her Majesty the Queen has long been partial to the playful print, particularly in the earlier years of her reign, and of course both Princess Diana and Sarah, Duchess of York were often spotted – literally – in dotty outfits in the eighties and nineties.
These days, both the Duchess of Sussex and Queen Letizia of Spain are also lovers of the vintage pattern, as are other royal women around the world.
Even the Duchess of Cambridge is a fan of the trend
HELLO! previously sat down with colour psychologist and director of design at Lick Colour, Tash Bradley to discuss why the royals are dotty for the print this season.
Tash enthused about this royal trend: “It’s interesting that they’ve all gone for polka dots because that straight away just screams out fun. That you’re there to have a bit of fun, you’re not trying to take yourself too seriously, you’re trying to be softer in your approach I would say.”
Detailing the royal ladies’ colour choices, Tash continued: “What I love is that the black and white is very Audrey Hepburn, very sophisticated very elegant.”
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