Kate Middleton's sartorial choices have been rocking our world since she joined the Royal Family in 2011. Here's 50 reasons why the Duchess is the style icon of our generation...
The Duchess of Cambridge doesn’t slavishly follow trends. She has her own unique sense of timeless fashion that we have come to adore over the last couple of years. So, to celebrate our future queen’s impeccable sartorial choices, here’s 50 reasons we think Kate Middleton is a style icon of our times.
Kate Middleton is never far from her Stuart Weitzman Corkswoon wedges. They saw her through the fashion mindfield that was the Olympics (how does one remain chic yet sporty? Just ask Kate.) and accompanied her on the tour of South-East Asia. The Duchess has managed to find elegance, comfort and high style in one all encompassing piece of footwear.
The Duchess of Cambridge put canary yellow back on our radar when she stepped of her private plane in Calgary wearing an oh-so pretty Jenny Packham dress during her tour to Canada and Los Angeles.
What we love most about the Duchess of Cambridge is that, although she always wears occasion appropriate attire, she knows how to have fun with fashion, too. For one of her first meet and greets with the irish guards she wore an outstanding military coat by Alexander McQueen. We have been lusting after it ever since.
It’s not becoming of a princess to lug her belongings around in a ginormous handbag – she has minions to do that for her now – but Kate always likes to show some independence with the addition of a chic clutch. We’d just love to know what she keeps in it. A spare pair of flesh-coloured tights, perhaps?
Kate Middleton must have agonised about what to wear for the announcement of her engagement to Prince William for weeks, months even. Why, we’re sweating just thinking about the pressure. But the soon-to-be Duchess chose exceptionally well and the blue Issa dress she wore on that momentous day will go down in fashion history, for all the right reasons.
We oozed with pride when the Duchess of Cambridge stepped out of her chauffeur driven car at a BAFTAs event in Los Angeles in this show-stopping Alexander McQueen gown. Her mission, in our minds, at least, was to give the A-listers of Hollywood a run for their money in the style stakes. And that she did.
Kate Middleton has managed to single-handedly breathe new life into the British high street with brand’s like Whistles – a longterm favourite of the Duchess – crediting Kate with ‘double-digit sales growth.’
We squealed with joy when we got our first glimpse of Kate Middleton in her utterly divine Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen wedding gown. It was an image seen by billions and she did us proud. With the dress, Kate wore a Cartier tiara, which she borrowed from the Queen, made by the top jewelers in 1936. Perfection.
Not only did Kate master the style at her own nuptials to Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge is a pro at dressing for the many weddings each year that she attends. Kate strikes the right balance of understated – no bride wants to be upstaged – and striking time after time.
Another British designer favoured by Kate is Alice Temperley – the Duchess has worn her creations at a number of high profile events, including the world premiere of War Horse. Of Kate’s style and influence, Temperley says: ‘Kate Middleton has been brilliant for British fashion and great for the whole economy. She is a breath of fresh air and has encouraged people to experiment and combine high fashion with high street fashion. There is no one else who has an effect like Kate. It has really brought British fashion to the forefront again. She’s a really nice girl as well.’
During the Olympics the eyes of the world were on London and, of course, our newest addition to the Royal Family, Kate Middleton. The Duchess largely kept casual, rocking Team GB’s official jackets and polo shirts, but adding subtle touches of class by way of pearl earrings and Givenchy sunglasses.
Any style icon worth their salt owns a pair of paparazzi-shielding sunglasses. And while Kate’s might not be on-trend cat eye frames like those sported by Alexa Chung and the fashion set, the Givenchy sun protectors she wore during the Olympics flew off the shelves the minute she was snapped in them.
The Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen sailor dress Kate wore during her royal tour to Canada has been on our lust list ever since we first saw it. It’s a personal favourite of Team MC.
When she’s not stepping out in her beloved Stuart Weitzman Corkswoon wedges, the Duchess of Cambridge favours a slingback wedge. A style we would have once considered a bit mumsy is now on all our wish lists. Kate has the ability to breathe new life in to classic styles.
Ok, so we know the Duchess didn’t have much say in the engagement ring she was given by Prince William, but it’s become one of the most famous pieces of jewellery in the world. It’s vintage, huge and unique: what’s not to love?
The Reiss website crashed after Kate Middleton wore their £175 Shola dress when she met President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle during their state visit to London. The Duchess also chose to pose in a Reiss dress for her engagement photos taken by the legendary Mario Testino.
She may spend a reported £100,000 per year being the Duchess of
Cambridge but Kate isn’t afraid to get thrifty once in a while. The
Duchess is regularly snapped recycling her favourite looks for public
events. And she doesn’t care how long it’s been since she was last
photographed in an ensemble, she’s been known to re-wear clothes just
days after they were first seen.
A real style chameleon is comfortable in any situation and being a keen lover of all things sporty Kate looked the part when she and William went on a jungle trek in Borneo. Her trusty hiking boots, it was noted, were very scuffed meaning she had once again been thrifty by recycling pieces from her now burgeoning wardrobe.
Kate Middleton’s entire Diamond Jubilee tour wardrobe was planned with incredible precision. But the best look – and most location appropriate – has to be the vibrant silk dress she wore in Singapore by the Singapore-born designer Prabal Gurung. Genius.
It will come as no surprise that when Kate Middleton departed Heathrow Airport, for the royal tour of Canada, sporting Mulberry’s Polly Push Lock Tote in Midnight Shiny Grain that it would become a bestseller. And what a way to kickstart her quest to show Canada and North America the best of British fashion.
All the eyes of the world were on the UK during the Diamond Jubilee weekend in 2012 and Kate’s fashion choices were inspired. She opted for Alexander McQueen, Alexander McQueen and Alexander McQueen. Foolproof.
The Kate Middleton effect even extends to wellies and when the Duchess wore a pair of Le Chameau boots on a charity camping trip the brand experienced a 56 per cent year-on-year increase. Heck, we’re not ashamed to admit, we also went out and bought a pair.
Kate’s footwear preferences aren’t always practical, she often wears her £434 Jimmy Choo Vamp heels. Glittery and sky-high: what’s not to love? It’s no surprise that for weeks after Kate was snapped in them customers went to Jimmy Choo stores up and down the country in search of their own royally-approved pair.
Teaming her quintessentially British Jenny Packham pleated dress with a Far Eastern parasol while in Singapore? Genius. If it only it was sunny enough to kickstart this trend in Blighty.
It’s the go-to make of jeans for A-lister the world over and Kate Middleton is no exception. When she does do casual, which is rare, she opts for uber-cool J Brand denim.
We’re not sure if we’d see the Duchess of Cambridge rocking hotpants and a sparkling halterneck on rollerskates these days, but back when she was just Kate Middleton, Prince William’s girlfriend left us in no doubt that she has a very fun side.
Great sonnets could be written about the lustrous wonder of Kate Middleton’s hair, but we’re going to summarise our feelings for this style icon’s locks in one word: exquisite.
After the riots in Britain in the summer of 2011 we needed some cheering up and Kate managed to do just that in a glorious high-waisted skirt from Alexander McQueen when she and William visited Birmingham in the aftermath.
We’ve lost count of the amount of women we saw walking along in coral jeans this summer. Can you guess why?
In case you didn’t know, thick, full eyebrows are back. And no one has a more healthy looking pair than the Duchess of Cambridge. It is one of the top trends for autumn/winter 2012 and Ms Middleton has been leading the pack.
You won’t see K-Midd papped in baggy jogging bottoms and a hoodie to walk her dog. Hell no. The only way is Barbour for this queen-in-waiting.
Is it a coat? Is it a dress? Who the hell cares. Kate has mastered the art of smart transitional style with ease.
Kate was properly recognised for her ability to rock headwear – trilbys, fascinators, pillboxes, you name it Kate can wear it – by being named as Hat Person of the Year 2012.
No colour suits Kate’s raven locks better than green. And doesn’t she just know it.
What does a princess wear to peruse the local shops? A gorgeous wrap-around dress. This off-duty chic look that Kate wore to hit the high street in London is proof that Kate was style savvy even before she had access to the Royal Family’s fashion budget.
When it comes to colour nothing is too bright or bold for Ms Middleton. Her olive skin tone allows her to wear any hue, from a eye-popping purple, as seen on her visit to Canada, or more muted pastels and earthy tones.
Knowing how to dress for your body shape is key to any style icon’s success. Kate knows how to create the illusion of curves by wearing a belted coat. She owns many, many, different variations. So simple and so effective.
Kate never takes fashion too seriously and given that she rarely speaks in public or gives interviews of any kind, the Duchess often expresses herself through fashion. To show her carefree side Kate chose this Alice by Temperley embroidered dress to perform a traditional dance in Malaysia.
The maple leaf brooch that Kate wore during her visit to Canada was a stroke of genius. Lent to her by the Queen, the Duchess thrilled her Canadian hosts with her nod to their national emblem.
Knowing the importance of her first formal appearance after marrying Prince William, Kate pulled out every single stop by rocking up to the ARK 10th anniversary gala dinner in a breathtaking Jenny Packham gown. What an entrance to royal life.
The strapless Alexander McQueen gown Kate chose for The Sun Military Awards was inspired and we do hope this becomes one of the style re-runs before too long. We need it in our lives again.
The Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge colour coordinated on their first public engagement together making for an historic photo opportunity.
Kate’s love affair with the LK Benett’s Sledge natural hue pump means
that they are the brand’s bestselling shoe. So much so that they have
extended their line to include nude heels in every possible shape and
height that you could ever dream of.
Fundraiser for new WWI Galleries at the Imperial War Museum, London, Britain – 26 Apr 2012
Kate Middleton has a love affair with blue. It’s safe to say that it’s her hue of choice, and it’s not hard to see why.
The English summer is no match for Kate Middleton, who kept warm at Wimbledon in a chic tweed jacket by Joseph that she had debuted at the Epsom Derby the year before. Classic and classy.
As part of Kate’s royal duties, she is regularly required to attend horse racing, which just gives her another chance to pull out another sensational look and provide us all with race day inspiration. Thank you, Kate.
Each year, when the winter weather takes hold, Kate ditches her trademark wedges and LK Bennett court shoes for her favourite knee-high Aquatalia by Marvin K ‘Rumba’ boots. They’re subtly sexy and versatile. We love.
On her visit to the Solomon Islands Kate ditched her pre-planned, and no doubt fabulous, outfit for a tropical dress that had been left in her hotel room by a local official. We love that the Duchess can be spontaneous with fashion.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are known as the Earl and Countess of
Strathearn in Scotland, so, on her first visit across the border Kate
acknowledged her new title by carrying a folded Strathearn tartan scarf
to Prince William’s Order of the Thistle ceremony.
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