Kate Middleton's £400 cream dress is unreal (and here's where to buy it)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are finally back in business. After a short hiatus for the summer holiday, the couple have ramped up their work engagement for the autumn.

Last week, Kate Middleton wore a power outfit to visit to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire to meet and chat the personnel who have been helping Afghan refugees who fled the Taliban regime in Afghanistan.

And yesterday, she was even more glam to host a reception at what appears to be Buckingham Palace, to celebrate her book project, Hold Still, which comprises photographs taken by people around the UK in lockdown.

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For the occasion, the Duchess looked elegant in a cream midi dress by Self-Portrait, which features a belted bouclé blazer top, and a pleated skirt finished off with a lace hem.

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Cream Tailored Boucle And Chiffon Midi Dress, £400 at <a href="https://www.self-portrait-studio.com/cream-tailored-boucle-and-chiffon-midi-dress" data-link-merchant="self-portrait-studio.com"">Self-Portrait
This midi wrap dress is cut from boucle, chiffon and fine lace. Designed with a long sleeved bodice that is fitted at the waist and falls to and pleated midi skirt. This style is lined with a self fabric belt and pockets.

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SELF-PORTRAIT Belted lace-trim bouclé and chiffon tailored dress, £400 at <a href="https://click.linksynergy.com/deeplink?id=xU%2AITpjPkO4&mid=35725&u1=hawk-custom-tracking&murl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.matchesfashion.com%2Fproducts%2F1436927" data-link-merchant="click.linksynergy.com"">MATCHESFASHION
The considered silhouette of Self-Portrait's cream dress reflects founder Han Chong's training at Central Saint Martins. It's crafted from bouclé with a tailored double-breasted bodice and notch lapels complemented by a belted waist and pleated chiffon midi skirt, then trimmed with net lace for an ethereal finish.

You can pre-order the dress now from the Self-Portrait site for £400, and it'll be available in sizes 4 to 14 from early November. It also comes in a chic sleeveless version, which is available now.

Kate accessorised her look with gold and pearl chandelier earrings, and whilst we can't see the shoes in the pictures, which were posted on The Cambridges' Instagram page, they might well have been cream pumps to match the look.

It would be the perfect dress for a winter wedding, should any brides-to-be be reading this.

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at MoneySavingExpert.com, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.