The Makings of a Perfect Coat Dress: What We Can All Learn from Kate Middleton (Who Has the Closet Staple Down Pat)

by Fawnia Soo Hoo

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Looks like Jennifer Lawrence isn't the only one into coat dresses to look chic and stay warm at winter gatherings. On this brisk morning earlier in London, Kate Middleton stepped out for a charity event wearing a wool brown coat dress by one of her favorite (and her mom's!) designers, Orla Kiely.

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When the Duchess wore this dress in February 2012 (accessorized in the exact same way--brown tights, suede booties, chocolate clutch, why mess with a good thing?), Orla Kiely immediately sold out of the frock. It's easy to see why. The jacquard bird weave is adorable and regal at the same time and the belted fit-and-flare silhouette is so feminine and flattering. So what do you think--are coat dresses officially a thing?


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Will you invest in a coat dress this winter? More importantly, do you think Orla Kiely should reissue the frock?

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