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Somerset by Alice Temperley Boat Print Dress

Somerset by Alice Temperley "Boat" dress

Boat print dress

In February 2015, The Duchess of Cambridge wore a sailboat print shift dress from Somerset by Alice Temperley, a diffusion collection designed exclusively for British upmarket department store John Lewis.

Kate wearing the boat print dress

Photo: Ben Ainslie Racing

Kate wore the nautical print dress to an event held by the 1851 Trust and Ben Ainslie Racing in Portsmouth.

Kate in her boat print dress

Photo: Ben Ainslie Racing

About the Somerset by Alice Temperley Boat Print Dress:

The dress features short elbow-length sleeves, a round neckline and a subtly tapered bodice.  One key aspect of the dress is it’s figure-skimming fit.

John Lewis describe the dress as having a “delicate all-over print that boasts little red sailboats with white sails for a dainty aesthetic.”

Here’s how they further describe the piece:

Add a whimsical touch to your new season wardrobe with this Boat Print Dress from Somerset by Alice Temperley.

A feminine shift dress crafted with short elbow sleeves, this opulent design features a beautiful figure-skimming fit, a flattering round neckline and a subtly tapered bodice for added elegant appeal.

Style with statement flats for chic off-duty luxe.

The boat print dress sold out within three hours of Kate wearing it.

UPDATE – MAY 2015 –

The dress is in stock once again.  Available in most sizes.  Click here to shop.

The dress is exclusive to John Lewis, who are the sole retailers of Alice Temperley’s Somerset range.

Alice Temperley used the boat print on a number of other “Somerset” pieces in her collection this season.  There’s a top, a blazer, trousers, a scarf and skirt:

Temperley Boat Print

Here’s a close-up of the adorable boat print fabric, isn’t it chic?

The Sailboat print

And another look at the dress, this time on the model – I love how it’s styled with the sandals:

Model wearing Alice Temperley Boat Print Dress

 About Somerset by Alice Temperley:

Somerset is Alice Temperley’s diffusion line, exclusive to John Lewis.


The SS15 collection is defined by Alice’s contemporary, bohemian signature style, combining premium fabrics, elegant styles and artisan accents.

This is how John Lewis describe the collection:

Carefree at its heart the Spring Summer Somerset by Alice Temperley collection nods to the spirit of the seventies. Quintessentially British, relaxed tailoring is key to the season with lightweight jumpsuits, nautical prints and relaxed tailoring.

The colour palette continues with the seventies theme with indigo and denim blue highlighted with white and tropical floral prints. Brogues compliment the collection adding a pop of colour in red.


Where Kate wore her Somerset by Alice Temperley Boat Print Dress

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