High street copy of Alessandra Rich dress loved by celebs is back

The £350 L.K Bennett dress everyone’s going dotty for! Polka dot number that looks just like Kate Middleton’s £1,750 Alessandra Rich frock becomes THE Autumn must-have

  • The Duchess of Cambridge wore navy and white polka dot shirt dress in 2019
  • Alessandra Rich gown worn by celebs including Suits actress Abigail Spencer
  • Amanda Holden and Holly Willoughby spotted in £350 L.K. Bennett lookalike
  • Sajid Javid’s wife Laura Javid was spotted in the polka dot tea dress yesterday

An L.K. Bennett dress that looks strikingly similar to a high-end designer style loved by the Duchess of Cambridge has become a hit with celebrities and one of this Autumn’s must-have pieces.

The British high street brand’s £350 silk ‘Mathilde’ dress features a navy and white polka dot print, cream frilled collar, long sleeves and cream buttons, much like a £1,750 polka dot dress by A-list favourite designer Alessandra Rich. 

The Alessandra Rich design was worn by Kate Middleton, Ivanka Trump and Meghan Markle’s actress BFF Abigail Spencer, who wore the sophisticated frock to the Sussexes’ wedding in May 2018. 

Yesterday, Laura Javid, the wife of Health Secretary Sajid Javid, was seen wearing the L.K. Bennett version at the Tory Party conference in Manchester, following the likes of Amanda Holden, Holly Willoughby and Lorraine Kelly, who have all stepped out in the dress in recent months.


L.K. Bennett’s £350 silk ‘Mathilde’ dress features a navy and white polka dot print, cream frilled collar, long sleeves and cream buttons, much like a £1,750 polka dot dress by A-list favourite designer Alessandra Rich. Pictured, Holly Willoughby in the L.K. Bennett dress in January (left), and Amanda Holden in the high street number last month 

The Alessandra Rich design was worn by Kate Middleton, Ivanka Trump and Meghan Markle’s actress BFF Abigail Spencer, who wore the sophisticated frock to the Sussexes’ wedding in May 2018. Pictured, the Duchess of Cambridge on a visit to Bletchley Park in 2019

The L.K. Bennett style comes in a shorter, midi length, making it a more wearable option than the longer Alessandra Rich design. 

Holly Willoughby wore the high street frock on This Morning in January, pairing it with classic black pumps. Lorraine and Amanda have both opted for similarly simple styling, allowing the dress to remain the focus of the outfit.   

Shoppers have been going wild for the 1930s-inspired dress, with several stellar reviews insisting the ‘striking’ gown was ‘beautifully made’ from material which feels ‘lovely to wear’. 

‘Got so many compliments wearing this dress’, wrote one shopper. ‘I’m a big fan of L.K.Bennett’s dresses, so far the best buy.’

Another said: ‘Love the material, love the style & love the fit. It feels so lovely to wear and it is very striking. It is makes me feel me feel very feminine.’ 

Yesterday, Laura Javid, the wife of Health Secretary Sajid Javid, was seen wearing the L.K. Bennett version at the Tory Party conference in Manchester 

ITV host Lorraine Kelly was spotted wearing the dress last week. The frock is inspired by the 1930s ‘with a fun Seventies’ twist’, comes in navy or blue with a classic polka dot print

‘Beautifully made silk dress, with striking buttons and a lovely collar. Perfect for work and after work drinks. Good fit’, penned a third. 

The dress closely resembles the one made by London-based designer Alessandra  Rich who has become one of the royal’s favourite designers in recent years.

Kate has worn the £1,750 navy and white polka dot midi on a number of previous occasions, including for Prince Charles’s official 70th birthday portraits in November 2018.  

The style was famously worn by Meghan Markle’s close friend and former Suits co-star Abigail Spencer to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding in May 2018 and became an A-list favourite the following summer. 

The style was famously worn by Meghan Markle’s close friend and former Suits co-star Abigail Spencer, left, to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding in May 2018 (pictured)


Christie Brinkley, left, was first to be seen in the dress, in April 2018. Right, Sarah Jessica Parker put her own spin on the style in May 2019, cinching the waist with a crystal-encrusted belt, layering it with a floral print navy edge-to-edge coat and white stiletto heels

Ivanka Trump used a white belt to accentuate her trim waist and paired the dress with killer blue heels as she was pictured leaving her home in July 2018 

One of the first to be seen in the dress, model Christie Brinkley, 64, stepped out in it in April 2018, wearing the shirt-style collar open-necked and teaming it with a trench coat. 

Sarah Jessica Parker put her own spin on the style, cinching the waist with a crystal-encrusted belt, layering it with a floral print navy edge-to-edge coat and white stiletto heels. 

Ivanka Trump accompanied her father on a visit to Iowa  in July 2018, choosing to woo Mid-West voters with the modest number, accessorising it with a knotted white patent belt. 

Later that month, Kate’s sister Pippa wore a shorter, plain duck egg blue version to Prince Louis’s christening. 

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