Setting trends wherever she glides, the Duchess of Cambridge, aka Kate Middleton, didn’t let a small thing like childbirth get in the way of her impeccable style.

Stepping out of St Mary’s Hospital in London today clutching the most talked-about accessory of the week (HRH the Prince of Cambridge), there was no fashion rest for Kate as she introduced her new son to the world wearing a simple-but-chic Jenny Packham sky blue sundress with white polka dots.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge introduce their newborn to the world. Photo by vogue.co.uk.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge introduce their newborn to the world. Photo by vogue.co.uk.

Coincidentally – or perhaps not – back in 1982 another familiar scene unfolded, when a young princess introduced her new baby boy to the waiting media also wearing a white polka-dotted frock.

Princess Diana and Prince Charles with baby William. Photo by marieclaire.co.uk.

Princess Diana and Prince Charles with baby William. Photo by marieclaire.co.uk.

With a distinct 80’s influence, Princess Diana rocked a turquoise blue dress embellished with white spots, a white collar, and terribly unfashionable stockings.

Given Kate’s nod to Diana’s post-pregnancy style and her ability to sell out styles in the blink of an eye, it’s easy to say white polka dots are the next big trend on fashion’s fickle radar. Here are our suggestions on how to channel the new royal trend:

Vero Moda polka dot playsuit, £38 at asos.com

Vero Moda polka dot playsuit

ASOS maxi dress in spot print, £60 at asos.com

ASOS maxi dress in spot print

Rosamosario polka dots Loca silk-satin twill dress, £380 at net-a-porter.com

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Karen Walker Astonished dress, $263 at shoplesnouvelles.com

Karen Walker Astonished dress

Marc by Marc Jacobs polka dot dress, £186.22 at farfetch.com

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By Lisa Tan