Kate Middleton's Fail-Safe Dress-and-Boot Combo Comes Fashion Editor Approved

Kate Middleton attends Shout event in London wearing a printed midi dress

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This week, the Duchess of Cambridge visited the offices of a charity called Shout, which is a text service in the UK that provides mental health support 24/7. Her appearance was to mark the milestone of reaching over one million conversations. How impressive is that? For the occasion, Kate Middleton wore a dress by Derek Lam along with suede boots by Ralph Lauren. 

Her outfit combo reminds me of Anna Wintour’s (and just about every other fashion editor's) very specific uniform: a printed midi dress and knee-high heeled boots. Wintour has worn countless variations of this combination, switching up details like sleeves, prints, and boot styles, though Middleton is no stranger to this formula either. She has chosen it for countless occasions and engagements in the past.

With the approval of both Middleton and Wintour, it's safe to say this is a foolproof outfit if you want to appear business-like yet stylish. Scroll down for outfit ideas, and shop the combo for yourself.

Kate Middleton wearing a midi dress and black boots

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On Kate Middleton: Derek Lam dress; Ralph Lauren boots

Kate Middleton wearing knee-high boots

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How Anna Wintour Wears Printed Midi Dresses + Knee-High Boots

Anna Wintour's uniform

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Anna Wintour's favorite outfit

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Anna Wintour style

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Anna Wintour street style outfits

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Shop the Foolproof Outfit Combo

This batwing dress looks incredibly comfortable. 

You can't beat this fantastic £25 price tag. 

Tan boots will help give your winter dresses a more spring-like feel. 

Black suede is always a good idea in terms of versatility. 

If you love leopard like Kate does. 

The plissé pleats and gathering make for a gorgeous drape dress. 

Boots this colour can be hard to come by. 

I’ve added this dress to my Zara basket. 

These staple boots come in four chic colourways. 

White boots are trending this season. 

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