May 26, 2022

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Kate Middleton wears yellow Alessandra Rich dress to depart Bahamas

The Duchess of Cambridge saved perhaps her most stylish look for last as she departed the Bahamas on the final leg of their royal tour of the Caribbean. Kate and Prince William have spent eight days touring Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas, meeting local people, businesses and cultural institutions, in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The duchess arrived at Lynden Pindling International Airport wearing a yellow printed Alessandra Rich dress. The 1980s-inspired style features a flatting hip peplum, exaggerated puff sleeves and a ladylike midi-length pencil skirt, and is cinched in at the waist with a bejewelled belt.

Belted floral-print silk-jacquard peplum midi dress

ALESSANDRA RICH
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£1,690.00

She accessorised her dress – which is still available to buy online – with classic white Gianvito Rossi court shoes, Patrick Mavros quartz and diamond earrings, and a white clutch bag.

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Kate has worn London-based designer Alessandra Rich previously – notably during a visit to the V&A Museum in 2021, and during a trip to Ireland in 2020.

The duchess decided to almost exclusively champion London-based or British designers during her tour of the Caribbean, turning to old favourites like Alexander McQueen, Emilia Wickstead, Roksanda, Phillipa Lepley and Jenny Packham, as well as younger brands like Rixo, The Vampire’s Wife and Self-Portrait.

kingston, jamaica   march 23 catherine, duchess of cambridge and prince william, duke of cambridge attend a dinner hosted by the governor general of jamaica at king's house on march 23, 2022 in kingston, jamaica photo by samir hussein   poolwireimage

Kate in Jenny Packham

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Kate in The Vampire’s Wife

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But the most striking theme to emerge from Kate’s tour wardrobe was her use of colour. The royal well and truly embraced dopamine dressing for the eight-day long trip, stepping out in a wardrobe of bright, mood-boosting shades of every colour of the rainbow – from hot pink to royal blue, canary yellow, mint green and deep emerald.

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Kate in Emilia Wickstead

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Kate in Roksanda

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Kate in Rixo

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Kate in Jenny Packham

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Kate in Phillipa Lepley

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nassau, bahamas   march 25 catherine, duchess of cambridge arrives in the rain for a visit to sybil strachan primary school on day seven of the platinum jubilee royal tour of the caribbean on march 25, 2022 in nassau, bahamas the duke and duchess of cambridge are visiting belize, jamaica, and the bahamas on their week long tour photo by chris jacksongetty images

Kate in Self-Portrait

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Appropriately for a trip celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee, the move could well have been inspired by Her Majesty, who has used bright block colours as a way to be visible in large crowds for decades.

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chester, england   june 14  queen elizabeth ii sitts and laughs with meghan, duchess of sussex during a ceremony to open the new mersey gateway bridge on june 14, 2018 in the town of widnes in halton, cheshire, england meghan markle married prince harry last month to become the duchess of sussex and this is her first engagement with the queen during the visit the pair will open a road bridge in widnes and visit the storyhouse and town hall in chester  photo by jeff j mitchellgetty images

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Retailers and designers have been banking on bright colour and joyful dressing as key trends to watch out for in recent months – but this association between brightly coloured clothing and happiness is not new; in fact, the idea of instilling joy through what we wear – or ‘dopamine dressing’ – has long been the subject of psychological research. Clothes are a powerful tool for communication and self expression, and this is something that Kate has always been acutely aware of.

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