Victoria Starmer’s ‘labour red dresses’ spark major style trend – shop from £40

By Staff

The popularity of the little red dress has grown thanks to Lady Victoria Starmer and other style icons such as Kate Middleton – consider it your new season LBD

As the nation’s new Prime Minister, Keir Starner, made his first official speech on Downing Street this afternoon, his doting wife stunned in a Labour red midi dress before walking arm in arm into number 10. And our fashion experts have found the exact match online.

The Prime Minister’s wife wearing a pretty split-shoulder dress from fashion brand ME+EM. The mum-of-two stepped out in the retailer’s Contrast Stitch Midi Dress , which retails at £275.

The LRD (little red dress) has grown in popularity thanks to leading ladies like Victoria Starmer and Kate Middleton who also have a love for the radiant colour. Red is a powerful stimulating colour and is considered a symbol of strength, courage and power so it’s not surprising we’ve seen The Princess Of Wales wear the striking shade on milestone occasions such as in her 40th birthday portrait.

British Vogue has also asserted red as one of the major colour players for SS24 reporting, “Fashion’s obsession with bright red has been impossible to ignore in recent seasons, seen on the runway but also the red carpet. Spring/summer 2024 brought a noticeable shift towards deeper and more opulent versions of the shade.” So it seems, whether you’re into politics or not, it seems there isn’t any escaping this colour trend this summer.

If you haven’t got a big budget to spend and looking for a more affordable alternative we’ve found 3 high-street gems for you so you can get the look for less…

1. Red-tiered Charlie midi dress

Shop: Nobody’s child, £89 here

If figure-hugging styles aren’t for you, Nobody’s Child has a wide range of smock midi dresses that won’t cling to your lumps and bumps- we love the pretty puff sleeves on this design too.

Plus, if you have a larger bust the stretchy bodice will accommodate comfortably.

2. Red Broderie Hem Shift Midi Dress

Shop: River Island, £40 here

Looking for the perfect little red holiday dress? Well, we think we’ve found it! This 100% cotton crew neck midaxi dress is cool and floaty so ideal for hot summer nights.

It’s also available in black if you’re still an LBD girl at heart.

3. Arabelle linen dress

Shop: Hobbs £139 here

A smart linen shirt dress is a versatile piece for any wardrobe and will effortlessly take you from the boardroom to weekend brunches. This is a brand on Kate Middleton’s radar so why not pop it on your’s too?

Though she’s been rarely seen throughout the Prime Minister’s campaign, Lady Victoria Starmer we can’t wait to see what will her No10 wardrobe have in store for us next…

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