Kate Middleton has a well-documented love of red dresses. (Like, really well-documented. Google it). And honestly, it's hard to blame her. There's a reason that the salsa dancer emoji is so popular; there's something inherently bold and sexy about the color red, especially in the form of the most typically "feminine" garment, the dress. But as a duchess, Middleton also has to look appropriately modest for her station any time she's seen in public, so her red dresses tend to air on the side of dignified princess rather than sexy vixen.
Case in point: her deep red Marchesa Notte dress, worn to a West End premier of the musical "42nd Street" at the Theatre Royal in London on Tuesday night (and available for $1,195 at Net-a-Porter for interested parties). With a full, midi-length skirt, sheer shoulders and tulle detailing with lattice and floral motifs, the dress was elaborate in a royalty-worthy way without feeling over the top. Middleton paired the elegant gown with slightly darker burgundy heels from Gianvito Rossi, a clutch in a similar hue and tasseled statement earrings from Kate Spade. All in all, the monochromatic ensemble did everything the best K.Mid outfits do: looked fit for a queen without compromising modern chicness.