When dressing for a holiday party, we'll always condone the dependable, unfussy red dress. It's a festive, familiar classic — a general crowd-pleaser that's a much safer bet than a glittery skirt or a jazzy jumpsuit. And when you're the Duchess of Cambridge, it's even more important that your wardrobe embodies these tasteful qualities all year long. It's part of the job.
On Tuesday, Kate Middleton hung out at the Anna Freud Centre's annual Christmas party in London wearing a cheery, cherry-red Alexander McQueen dress. With long sleeves and a knee-length hem, it was the perfectly appropriate thing to wear to a school appearance — yet with a swingy, pleated skirt and boxy, flat peplums, it's just punchy enough for a holiday celebration. Like the true professional she is, she opted for basic black pumps rather than the pair of metallic heels that, at one point, seemed like a fun idea. Even if this isn't your style, we could all learn a little something from the Duchess's polished party uniform. Dress for the job you want, right?