Kate Middleton's Spin On Shorts Will Have Everyone Copying Her Look

The Duchess of Cambridge took to the waves over the weekend. Kate Middleton didn't sacrifice her fashion sense because she was on the high seas. Kate is known for her famous outfits at A-list appearances, but her casual style has a way of inspiring the masses to recreate her looks. From day wear to elegant evening designs, we just can't get enough of the future queen's outfits. The Duchess of Cambridge's new favorite shoe has been giving us major heart eyes, and it seems Kate keeps upgrading accessories and pieces to stay ahead of the trends.

Kate Middleton's latest look comes in the shadow of a highly controversial — and expensive — Caribbean tour that was reported to set the British taxpayers back for the fiscal year. The March tour raised eyebrows and sparked debate about the ongoing colonial legacy of the royal family and Great Britain. As Harper's Bazaar reported at the time, protests were poised as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in the Caribbean.

Kate's newest iconic outfit was seen at an event that seemed much less controversial — and much more nautical.

Kate pairs white linen shorts with a navy striped sweater in an outfit perfect for summer

Over the weekend, Kate Middleton showed off her nautical side at an event in the seaside town of Plymouth. According to People, the Duchess of Cambridge even donned a wetsuit while heading out on the waves. But we don't think it will be her wetsuit that royal fans try to emulate. Kate's casual seaside outfit was a smart and sensible take on a summer classic: Linen.

Kate wore high-waisted, mid-thigh length linen white shorts detailed with gold buttons while in Plymouth. She paired the shorts with a navy and white striped sweater and white sneakers, creating a casual look that was as elegant as the future queen.

Kate was in Plymouth for a boat race between Great Britain and New Zealand, according to People. She joined four-time Olympian Sir Ben Ainslie alongside the Great Britain team after changing into a wetsuit. But before the race, Kate donned her white shorts and navy sweater while learning about seagrass and sustainability with the 1851 Trust and some youth. The look is sure to inspire plenty of copycat summer styles.

Where to find white, gold buttoned shorts like Kate's

While we all aren't sailors, summer is a great time to experiment with more coastal styles like the one Kate Middleton sported over the weekend. You don't have to be a royal to take part in this smart, seaside trend. A number of retailers offer white shorts similar to Kate's for reasonable prices. Even if you aren't hitting the high seas, you can look sensible with this summer outfit.

First off, we found White House Black Market's Sailor Button Trim Shorts. These five-inch shorts are just as stylish as the royal's for a reasonable price of about $80. Whether going for brunch or running errands, they'll have you looking like a frequent coastal explorer.

Then there are Bebe's High Waist Button Detail Shorts look so similar to Kate's. Detailed with gold buttons at the pockets, these four-inch inseams are a smart take on the summer classic of shorts. Paired with sneakers, they'll serve as a casual yet refined staple of your warm season wardrobe.