Here’s how to recreate Kate Middleton’s go-to sequin party dress with high street finds

Kate Middleton's go-to sequin party dress is a stunning deep green and there are several ways to recreate this look more affordably

Kate Middleton's go-to sequin party dress and how to achieve the look. Seen here Princess of Wales attends the Royal Variety Performance at the Royal Albert Hall
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The Princess of Wales's go-to sequin party dress makes a statement whenever she wears it and here’s how to recreate it with our favourite high street finds.

The Princess of Wales’s calendar is filled with special occasions that call for stand-out dresses all year round but autumn/winter often sees her bring out her sparkliest gowns. When it comes to Christmas party dress ideas so many of us end up turning to sparkly options. Kate’s go-to sequin party dress goes for texture paired with a bold forest green colour that couldn’t be more perfect for party season. Crafted by Jenny Packham, the Princess of Wales’s full-length sequin dress was first seen during her and Prince William’s visit to Pakistan in 2019.

It was from Jenny Packham’s autumn/winter 2020 collection and she wore the fully embellished dress again for the Royal Variety Show in 2021. Now Woman&Home’s Fashion Editor Rivkie Baum has explained why deep greens and sequins are still so popular for party season. 

Catherine, Princess of Wales attends the Royal Variety Performance

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“The Princess of Wales is a big fan of British designer brand Jenny Packham for evening wear and with good reason. This absolutely sensational gown shows off Kate's frame beautifully and the fully embellished look is both a trademark for Packham's clothing and for how Kate does red carpet best,” Rivkie explained.

Our Fashion Editor added that for the future Queen Consort, this particular choice of a rich green colour is especially flattering given her hair colour and shared how Kate’s go-to sequin party dress is incredibly inspirational.

Rivkie said, “The forest green hue complements the Princess of Wales's deep chestnut brown hair colour to perfection and the elegant look offers plenty of inspiration for the party season ahead. Green hues are synonymous with this time of year and as we enter the Christmas party circuit, opting for a rich jewel colour over black will lift your look in a flash. The sequins will pick up light and ensure you'll dazzle all night long.”

Rivkie Baum
Rivkie Baum

With over fifteen years' experience, Rivkie is an accomplished fashion editor, writer and stylist. Covering international fashion weeks, and styling photoshoots all over the world, Rivkie loves translating the trends in an accessible way to make fashion available for all budgets. 

Catherine, Princess of Wales with Prince William attend a special reception hosted by the British High Commissioner to Pakistan

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So whilst dark green might not be one of the autumn/winter fashion colour trends for 2023 but it’s a seasonal staple shade for a reason as jewel tones can help “lift” looks. Whilst Kate’s dress was very luxurious, there are many options available to help you emulate the main elements of this look for a more affordable price. 

Whether you want a floor-length occasion-wear piece or love the colour and sequins but prefer a shorter dress, the high street currently has some real gems when it comes to green sparkly dresses. Wrap dress designs are popular and they're also super elegant and a slightly more relaxed neckline than Kate’s more modest crew-neckline. 

Catherine, Princess of Wales attends the Royal Variety Performance at the Royal Albert Hall

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There are also so many sleeve lengths that we love and although a green sequin dress is bold, it’s easy to accessorise with metallic and neutral tones like black and white - or go all-out with the green. Both times the Princess of Wales has worn this particular gown she’s opted for relatively simple gold drop earrings that enhance the dress’ sparkle without being too much. 

In Pakistan she wore metallic sandal heels and in November 2021 the senior royal went for classic green suede court shoes. Kate has showcased how a green sequin gown can be more versatile than you might think and a gown like this is a special occasion wear piece that many people might hope to recreate in their own way this party season. 

Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Royal Editor with eight years experience working in publishing. Her specialist areas include the British Royal Family, ranging from protocol to outfits. Alongside putting her royal knowledge to good use, Emma knows all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV and more. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, Emma enjoys cooking, long walks and watching yet more crime dramas!