But for the portrait unveiling of Queen Elizabeth II in New Zealand, Middleton went back to basics in a custom Jenny Packham black dress. The classic silhouette featured long sleeves, a fitted waist, and a-line skirt. To add a sentimental touch, the black crepe look was customized with embroidered crystal ferns -- New Zealand's symbol -- on the shoulder.
For those who don't have Jenny Packham on speed dial, get the look for less with the Ann Taylor Crepe 3/4 Sleeve Flare Dress ($109, Anntaylor.com). The tailored frock also has a flattering boatneck, fitted waist, and slightly flared skirt.