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Hobbs Wessex Dress

Hobbs Wessex Dress

Linen check print dress

In July 2012, the Duchess of Cambridge wore the Hobbs London Wessex dress to an event in Rotherhithe, London to launch a new charity initiative along with Princes William and Harry.   In 2014, she wore the dress again, during the tour of Australia and New Zealand, during a visit to the Uluru Cultural Center.

The Duchess of Cambridge Visited Uluru wearing the Hobbs Wessex Dress

About the Hobbs Wessex Dress:

The Hobbs dress is made from linen. It features short, capped sleeves, a boatneck, a fitted waist and bodice, plus a concealed zipper at the back.  Kate wore the dress in a cream colour with a grey check pattern.

The dress originally retailed at Hobbs London and John Lewis for £119 (approximately $187).

Duchess wearing the Hobbs Wessex dress

You’ll notice in photographs that Kate wears a white belt with her Hobbs dress.  This is something she added herself, the belt did not come with the dress.

William and Kate visit Uluru

Where to buy the Hobbs Wessex dress

Sadly, the Hobbs Wessex dress is sold out. Though, you might find it on eBay.

Duchess wearing the Hobbs Wessex dress

If you’re looking for something similar, try Hobbs London’s Lottie dress in blue (below right). As of August 4th 2016, it is available in most sizes.  It’s on sale too (33% off). The darker colour tones are perfect for the forthcoming autumn season.

Hobbs Wessex Dress similar

As you can see, the shape is pretty similar (if not identical) to the Wessex dress. Here’s how the company describe the piece:

The Lottie fit-and-flare dress is a figure-enhancing style with vintage appeal. This printed dress has been sculpturally inspired, with vertical panelling and pleating to create the striking silhouette with full skirt. Fully lined, the crepe textured fabric has a brush-stroke dot print. Perfect for parties where the dress code may feel uncertain.

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The Hobbs Wessex dress in other colours:

Hobbs London periodically re-release the Wessex dress in new and updated colour ways. In summer 2015, they released the dress in a cool cornflower blue and white combo, but it’s now sold out, unfortunately.

The Wessex dress also came in a black check print with bow waist detail.  It’s also now sold out.

Hobbs dress in black check print with bow

About Kate Middleton & Hobbs London:

The Duchess of Cambridge (informally known as Kate Middleton) regularly wears clothing from Hobbs London.  She owns several dresses and coats from the brand, plus at least one pair of shoes and a clutch bag (see below)

Kate holding her Hobbs London clutch bag during the visit to Canada

Here’s a picture of the Duchess wearing a black Hobbs London top at an event held by Place2Be in November 2014:

Kate wears Hobbs London as she chats with children at the Place2Be awards ceremony


Here’s Kate wearing another Hobbs London dress. It’s the company’s “Animal Shirt Dress”. She wore it to an event with The Fostering Network back in 2015.

Kate wore a Hobbs dress for her visit to The Fostering Network yesterday

Shop Hobbs London dresses:

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