Kate Middleton stunned in an edgier-than-usual green dress on Tuesday, during the second appearance of her and Prince William’s Ireland tour, which spans March 3 to 5. The Duchess of Cambridge attended an evening reception at Guinness Storehouse’s Gravity Bar, and served a strong lesson in how to look elegant while holding a stout beer. But the royal didn’t abandon her trendsetting duties of the night, because she simultaneously cemented metallics as a trend to watch this spring. Casual.
The silk chiffon gown from celebrity-approved brand The Vampire’s Wife is a bold emerald green—the same shade as the floor-length peacoat Kate wore while touching down in Dublin for the tour kickoff. The mother of three stepped off the plane wearing a patterned Alessandra Rich dress, a Catherine Walker coat, and a coordinated green clutch and pumps—making for a smart precursor to the glimmering nighttime look.
Kate isn’t the only royal crossing over to the dark side with the unconventional gown, because Princess Beatrice was spotted in a strikingly similar Vampire’s Wife gown at Ellie Goulding’s wedding in September.
Emerald green is a timeless winner, but the metallic finish adds that extra oomph to make an evening look feel fresh and modern. Infuse some royal-approved shine into your nighttime aesthetic with our favorite Kate-inspired looks, ahead.