Pretty in pink

The Duchess of Cambridge was pretty in pink when she attended the Queen’s Sovereign luncheon at Windsor Castle.

Wearing a pastel pink dress by Emilia Wickstead, Kate Middleton chatted with royals from 26 countries during the event.

The dress code for the lunch was lounge suit which usually indicates a shorter length of dress for women. Kate chose a pink, pleated, double wool crepe Alice coat dress by New Zealand-born Wickstead, costing £1,300, which was cut just above the knee.

It’s not the first time Kate has stepped out in pretty pastels. She visited the London 2012 Olympic Park in up-to-the-minute cropped pink jeans.

Kate also wore sherbert colours on her tour of Canada with Prince William. She donned a pale yellow Jenny Packham dress, with a floaty chiffon skirt which gave her a wardrobe malfunction, blowing up in the breeze and giving onlookers a glimpse of her pert derriere.

And she took to the red carpet with the Duke of Cambridge for the UK film premiere of African Cats, when she wore a Matthew Williamson-designed lilac peplum dress with a pop of blue-beaded embellishment around the neckline and wrists.

But if your budget doesn’t stretch to royal proportions, don’t worry,  Kate is well-known as for her

love of the High Street. Here’s our pick of some pretty pastels fit for a princess.

This summer’s cool ice cream shades come in pastel hues of pink, blue and yellow. Washing over every item imaginable from romantic dresses, to teeny shorts, headbands and bags, candy-sweet colours have never been so popular.

For those without the Duchess’s dark tresses and olive complexion, a pair of skinny jeans or a floaty chiffon skirt will keep lighter shades away from the face and prevent looking washed out.

Ease yourself into the trend with choice accessories and build up from there. Mixing and matching different colours is fine, but steer away from pairing two shades of the same colour together.

F&F at Tesco do a great slouchy laid-back yellow blazer that is a similar colour to Kate’s yellow dress but gives a more relaxed take on tailoring this summer. It will pull outfits together without appearing too formal or ‘done’. Throw over a print dress or dark jeans and a t-shirt for day and lace or leather for after-dark.

Part sixties chic, part playful and girlie, Marks and Spencer’s Park Avenue dress has pocket detailing and a drop-waist, breaking up the block colour. The sculpted neckline adds a sexy edge. Alternatively, show off a summer tan in jaunty pink shorts by Next.

New Look has a midi skirt that has hints of Olivia Newton-John in Grease. The length and pleat detailing both tick the on-trend box for this summer. Pair it with River Island’s clear sky blue belt to add a modern edge.

This is one trend that will disappear with the end of summer, so pick a colour or two, or three, and make the most of wearing these jolly shades before they are replaced with Autumn’s more muted hues.

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