Duchess Sophie’s One-and-Done Navy Shirtdress Is the Item We All Need in Our Closet

Even better, Sophie’s exact fit is still in stock

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King Charles and Kate Middleton may be temporarily out of the spotlight due to health issues, but the women of Windsor—Queen Camilla, Princess Anne and Sophie, the Duchess of Edinburgh—have been working overtime to help pick up the royal slack.

Case in point: This week, Sophie visited the London College of Fashion and dressed to impress in a navy Emilia Wickstead shirtdress ($2,160). The price is steep, but the sartorial lesson is clear: A navy shirtdress is the royal-approved closet staple we didn’t know we needed. (We also dug up more affordable alternatives, like this Polo Ralph Lauren shirtdress for $298.)

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Before we continue, a bit more about Sophie’s visit to the London College of Fashion: The Duchess of Edinburgh is actually patron of the London College of Fashion and was there to view the Postgraduate Class of 2024’s exhibition and observe a digital garment fitting in the school’s learning lab.

But back to the shirtdress: It’s versatility for both work (and for fun) was on full display during Sophie’s visit. The navy hue and midi length also gives it a touch of glam. (We love that Sophie chose to pair it with matchy-matchy navy Manolos and a grey clutch.) So, how do you get the look? You can of course shell out for the real deal (Emilia Wickstead is a royal favorite, that’s for sure) or try out one of the similar styles we found below.

emilia wickstead marione shirtdress
Emilia Wickstead

The belt with buckle comes included, FYI.

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Polo Ralph Lauren

The shorter sleeves make it summer-friendly, but equally regal.

boden laura jersey shirtdress

Swishy in jersey fabric and waist-defining. You can’t go wrong.

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Frank & Eileen

Sure, it’s more casual, but just as flattering. A win-win.

More than anything, we can’t wait to see what Sophie wears next.

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