Getting ready to hit the town on a chilly January evening can be tricky for even the most confident dresser. In the thick of the colder season, there’s simply no way of knowing how the temperature might fluctuate as the night progresses, or how many layers to bundle under your thickest winter coat. The solution? Take a leaf out of Kate Middleton’s book, and opt for a dress that fuses long-sleeved, layered comfort with a little festive glitz.
Earlier today, the Duchess of Cambridge attended a reception at Buckingham Palace as part of the UK-Africa Investment Summit, a conference encouraging trade and investment partnerships between Britain and the African continent. To mark the event, Middleton chose to represent an emerging British brand, Needle and Thread, noted for its glamorous, handcrafted eveningwear at reasonable prices. The Duchess opted for the label’s “Aurora” style, a shimmering confection of red sequins and tulle that comes in at just over $500, paired with matching pumps and a geometric clutch.
Even if the event you’re heading to isn’t a sumptuous reception at Buckingham Palace, there are still notes to be taken from the Duchess’s take on formal winter dressing—namely, that a long-sleeved gown can be cozier than you think.