Kate Middleton style: Celebrities trying to copy Duchess of Cambridge"s dress split

Who can (and can't) do the splits The celebrities attempting to emulate the 'showstopping' Duchess of Cambridge



10:23 GMT, 11 May 2012

When the Duchess of Cambridge arrived for a dinner at Claridge’s this week, her elegant cream dress demonstrated that when it comes to long gowns, Kate’s not short on style.

At first glance, her body-skimming dress was elegantly understated.

But when she stepped forward, the thigh-length split in the skirt opened to reveal a swathe of toned royal limb, bare but for a criss-crossing of Jimmy Choo crystal-encrusted sandal.

Leading the way: The Duchess arriving at Claridges early this week

Leading the way: The Duchess arriving at Claridges early this week

Leading the way: The Duchess arriving at Claridges early this week in her stunning slit evening gown

It was, quite simply, a showstopper. Kate’s dress, by London-based designer Roland Mouret, is a version of a 2009 style inspired by Thirties film star Carole Lombard.

But on our future Queen it emerged as a definitive demonstration of how to wear a split skirt with panache.

Because, let’s face it, plenty of high-profile celebrities who have stylists on speed dial still get it wrong.

So, who are the stars who shine in a split skirt, and which ones don’t have a leg to stand on


Rihanna at a dinner in London


Bad girl gone
good: Often outrageous, Rihanna looks positively understated in her
biascut silk-satin slip. The cleverly-cut split creates a diagonal
draped effect on her dancer’s thighs, softening their muscular shape

Devon cream: Let’s face it, if
Devon-born model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley can’t work this look, no one
can. Her fluid dress with a double-dip split looks casually elegant as
it flutters around her coltish limbs


Beyonce Knowles attending the MTV Video Music Awards 2007

Cruz control: A short split skirt is a tough look to pull off. But Penelope Cruz would look sexy in a bin bag. The discreet lack of cleavage means she gets away with the neckline/split combo

Golden girl: Never one to resist a bit of bling, Beyonce channels Grecian goddess in her gold lam gown. The neckline is a bit low, but the whole thing is saved by its elegant draping and shows off her booty

Gwyneth Paltrow attends the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty Costume Institute Gala

Yummy mummy: Not many mothers could pull
off this unforgiving side-split dress, made from bead-encrusted tulle.
But when you work as hard as Gwyneth Paltrow does to keep in shape, you
deserve to show off the fantastic results



Red alert: Centre-split skirts create an illusion of width where you least want it — across the hips and thighs. And when you have a bosom like Christina Hendricks’s, why focus on your lower half

Kate Winslet arrives at the British Academy Film Awards 2010

Kylie Minogue shows off her figure in a revealing, draped coral dress as she attended a London party

Titanic disaster: Kate Winslet usually looks great on the red carpet, but this was a sartorial blunder. It’s a case of ‘sack the stylist’, with its sporty vest-top, tacky lace inserts and mid-thigh split which is neither here nor there

Greek tragedy: Kylie Minogue rarely puts a foot wrong with her wardrobe choices, but the tiny singer is swamped by her coral Grecian-style frock.
It looks as if she’s stepping out in her dressing gown

Alesha Dixon arriving at Britain's Got Talent first auditions

Amanda Holden at the National Television Awards 2008, the Royal Albert Hall

Yellow peril: Britain’s Got Talent’s Alesha Dixon judged it wrong in this shocker.
With its asymmetric neckline, draped sleeve and layered skirt, it looks as if she got caught up in a parachute

Star crossed: Draped in swathes of peach silky jersey, there’s no denying Amanda Holden can pull off showstopping glamour with aplomb. But the BGT judge dares to bare a little too much, which is a shame.

Jennifer Aniston at the 67th Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel

Halle Berry pictured arriving at the 2006 BAFTA

Angelina Jolie arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards

Friend’s enemy: If only
this dress didn’t have
an asymmetrical neckline,
we could focus on Jennifer
Aniston’s fabulous pins. But
the awkward mix of
bustier and one-shouldered
bodice ruins the look

Fuchsia imperfect: When you have a body like Halle Berry’s, you can be forgiven for flaunting it. But this fuchsia gown breaks the No.1 fashion rule: display only one erogenous zone at a time

The Pitts: Jolie was winning plaudits for the Versace gown she wore to the 2012 Oscars until her leg took on a life of its own and proved even the most exquisite gown can become a laughing stock