I am due to graduate in the next six weeks or so. I would really love something like the lace dress that Kate Middleton wore to the jubilee celebrations last year. I am almost 5ft 10in and a size 14/16, with an hourglass shape. I want something that I'll be able to wear again. - Marian, Cork
The dress I believe you are referring to is an Alexander McQueen slim-fitting nude lace dress that was custom-made for the Duchess of Cambridge.
For a ladylike look, the 'Rococo' dress by Hobbs (€360) is a romantic piece with effortless grace. The individual flowers of the lace pattern, over a silk organza base, have been hand-stitched in exquisite detail.
At Monsoon, the 'Lucca' dress (€168) is a figure-hugging frock with a midi-length that should hit at the knee, if not slightly below. With a scoop neckline and half sleeves for arm coverage, this pared-back dress is ideal for a look that is minimal yet strong.
For a more relaxed silhouette, Zara's round-neck lace dress (€69.95) is a less formal way of wearing lace, while, if a slightly different colour palette could tempt you, the ivory dress with contrasting black lace bodice and delicate scalloped neckline at Fran & Jane (4 €229) is definitely worth trying.