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The Duchess of Cambridge is your Monday workwear inspiration

When it comes to dressing for the office in the summer, it can be tricky to find the balance between looking appropriately chic and but also keeping cool. This morning, the Duchess of Cambridge showed us a winning workwear combination which will take you from meetings in the chilly air conditioning to the sticky commute home in style.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry were out this morning launching their Heads Together campaign, which aims to break the stigma surrounding mental health, at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London.

The Duchess proves that when it comes to summer workwear you can't go wrong with a crisp white blouse and a boldly printed skirt. The Duchess's slim-fit cream blouse with full sleeves and an elegant round neck is by British label Goat and is available online for £290. An elegant ivory shirt is a simple way of achieving a pulled-together look in the heat. If the famous 'Kate Effect' is anything to go by, the Duchess's blouse is likely to have sold out by the time you read this, but never fear- we've already created a guide to the best white shirts which will help you to achieve the look.

The Duchess of Cambridge

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The Duchess paired her blouse with a navy, teal and white geometric print a-line skirt by Gap's big sister label, Banana Republic. Although this style is no longer available on Banana Republic's own website, it is currently available to buy at Zalando for £105.

According to our calculations, this is the first time that the Duchess has worn the American high street label famed for its workwear classics. The brand has however already benefited from the retail magic which Kate's endorsement brings; in a savvy marketing move in 2013, Banana Republic reissued the sold-out Issa wrap dress which she wore in her official engagement photographs in 2010, as part of a collaboration with the London-based brand founded by Daniella Helayel.

Banana Republic might be a new high street find for the Duchess of Cambridge, but she is already a fan of British label Goat, which specialises in luxury cashmere. The Duchess of Cambridge has previously worn several shift dresses and cashmere coats from the label, which was founded by Jane Lewis in 2001 and is known for its classic tailoring and luxury staples. She particularly favoured Lewis's designs as alternatives to traditional maternity wear, choosing a cream 'Redgrave' style while she was expecting Prince George and chic 60s-inspired black coat with cream trim on a visit to New York shortly after her pregnancy with Princess Charlotte was announced.

The Duchess of Cambridge is praised for mixing affordable high street pieces with high end designer labels, and just last night she mastered this high-low style perfectly at the Queen's 90th birthday gala where she wore a white lace Dolce & Gabbana dress with a red jacket from Zara.

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