The Duchess Of Cambridge has evolved from safe and conservative style to elegant and chic since she's been thrust into the spotlight
The Kate Middleton style evolution has been one transformation we’ve been glued to watching over the last decade, journeying from uni student to Duchess of Cambridge in one seemingly effortless move.
From the Sloaney-esque looks she was first spotted in as a student at St Andrews University, to the bespoke designer clothes horse she’s become since marrying Prince William, Kate Middleton has rarely put a foot wrong when it comes to her sense of style.
She is able to effortlessly mix high end with high street easily and is often seen recycling old outfits to demonstrate her thrifty skills – in fact, you may not have noticed, but there is one accessory Kate Middleton wears with everything (OK, practically everything), and it totally works.
When it comes to Kate Middleton’s favourite fashion brands, the Duchess seems to favour British talents including Alice Temperley, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen and Jenny Packham, while Kate’s high street purchases always fly off the shelves minutes after she’s first photographed wearing them – who can forget the infamous Red LK Bennet Kate wore to Wimbledon that sold out within FOUR HOURS? That is the power of Kate Middleton style.
Along with the surge in LK Bennet sales, Reiss, Zara and Whistles have all reported record sales since being championed by the Duchess, a phenomenon dubbed ‘The Kate Effect’.
Most recently, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been on an epic royal tour, and Kate’s overseas wardrobe has been nothing short of perfection, with her chosen brands ranging from Thornton Bregazzi to Alexander McQueen. And most recently, Kate wore a stunning Catherine Walker powder blue peplum suit that was quite a departure from her go-to wardrobe of fitted jewel-coloured dresses.
With all this in mind, come and take a look through Kate Middleton’s seriously enviable style evolution. Oh to be a Royal…
For her visit to the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, in memory of Princess Diana, the Duchess of Cambridge opted for this gorgeous floral Prada midi dress from Prada’s Fall/Winter 2017 collection.
The Duchess stunned in a bright red Luisa Spagnoli suit on a visit to Mitchell Brook Primary School.
The Duchess wore a blue Eponine London coat and Rupert Sanderson heels on a visit to a Child Bereavement Centre in Stratford, January 2017.
The Duchess wears a floral Vanessa Seward dress for a trip to the annual Christmas party hosted by The Mix in London.
In November 2016, The Duchess wore a black Preen by Thornton and Bregazzi dress, which was purchased directly from Fenwicks of Bond Street, to the Place2Be Wellbeing in Schools Awards at Mansion House in London.
Here’s Duchess Kate at the world premiere of A Street Cat Named Bob, wearing a gorgeous full length gown by Self Portrait, shoes by Gianvito Rossi and a clutch by Miu Miu.
Kate wore a poppy print Alexander McQueen dress to a reception for Team GB’s Olympic and Paralympic heroes at Buckingham Palace.
The Duchess opted for a smart checked coat by Erdem on a visit to a hospice that Princess Diana opened 25 years ago in Manchester.
Duchess Kate opted for this baby blue peplum suit by Catherine Walker during her historic engagement to The Netherlands, marking her first solo appearance overseas without Prince William.
Duchess Kate wearing Kate Spade on World Mental Health Day.
Kate wore an elegant pink coat by Catherine Walker on her final day of the Royal tour of Canada.
Kate looked effortlessly chic here in a white blouse and blazer, jeans by Zara and a pari of heeled loafers by J. Crew
We love this off-duty look Kate wore to board the SALTS Ship.
Kate wore a tweed green blazer by Smythe, a Temperley blouse, Zara jeans and a pair of cowboy boots.
Kate opted for a See by Chloé dress paired with an Acne belt for a children’s party for military families.
Kate opted for a light blue coatigan by Canadian brand Sentaler, paired with a pair of cowboy boots.
Kate paired burgandy heels with this gorgeous red coat by CH Carolina Herrara in Yukon.
First up Kate wears a gorgeous bottle green Dolce & Gabbana dress accessorised with Monica Vinader green onyx earrings as she arrives in Kelowna, British Columbia with Prince William.
Kate wore this stunning red gown by Thornton Bregazzi to a ceremony of reconciliation with the Canadian First Nations.
We love this riding style look worn by Kate during her and Prince William’s Royal tour of Canada.
The duchess wearing a bespoke Alexander McQueen dress on a tour to Canada.
A close up look at the Alexander McQueen dress the duchess wore on tour in Canada.
First up, it’s the Duchess at Wimbledon 2016, and she’s making sure she stands out from the crowds in this Roksanda ‘banana’ dress. We love the injection of colour into her summer wardrobe.
Here’s the Duchess in Barbara Casasola, a Brazilian-born, London-based designer. The off-shoulder ensemble has got to be one of her most on-trend looks to date.
The Duchess chose a delicate lace dress for her 2016 Royal Ascot debut. A matching floral fascinator and drop pearl earrings completed her chic but simple look.
The Duchess wore a top-to-toe red ensemble by Catherine Walker, one of Princess Diana’s go-to designers, for the Order Of The Garter service. She completed the bespoke outfit with suede courts and a fascinator by Lock & Co.
Kate Middleton stunned in a £2,000 Roland Mouret blue gown for the SportsAid’s 40th banquet in June 2016. She paired the glamourous look with circle Cartier Diamond ‘Trinity de Cartier’ earrings in 18-karat gold.
Duchess Kate stepped attending a garden party at Buckingham Palace wearing the same Alexander McQueen white coat worn for the royal christening of Prince George.
Duchess Kate stepped out to launch the Heads Together Campaign with the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, opting for this stylish A-line printed skirt and chic white blouse from Goat for the occasion.
Duchess Kate slipped into this pale pink Alexander McQueen dress, worn with a delicate Monica Vinader necklace and matching ring to attend a gallery viewing in London.
Duchess Kate attending a luncheon at the Anna Freud’s centre in London wearing this beautiful draped Roksanda Ilincic dress with nude LK Bennett accessories.
Duchess Kate stepped out to open the Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace wearing a ladylike powder blue Michael Kors Collection dress coat, with a matching clutch bag and heels from LK Bennett.
Seen visiting Hyderabad House, New Delhi, Duchess Kate slipped into this beautiful mint green lace creation from Temperley London, complete with custom panel detailing to avoid any over exposure.
Duchess Kate slipped into this pristine ladylike frock from Brit designer Emilia Wickstead to visit India Gate, New Delhi.
Duchess Kate was decked out in a grey coat in March 2016, wearing another one of her signature hats and a matching grey accessories.
Duchess Kate had spring on the mind with this bright and colourful pink
gingham number, which she wore in March 2016 while visiting London.
Kate Middleton works a midi-length turquoise blue dress at a recent event.
Wearing one of her favourite high street brands, Reiss, Kate stunned in a houndstooth coat, protecting herself from the cold British weather as she attended another royal event.
Kate sported a surprising new ‘do, as she dressed up in a teal dress and peplum jacket and black suede pumps, for ICAP’s Charity Day Wednesday at London’s trading floor.
Keeping her signature style
very much in place, Kate chose to team her form-fitting chic grey embellished shift dress with some
classic court shoes, a matching clutch bag and a super-bouncy blow dry.
Kate chose this elegant coat and fascinator combo to attend the 2015 Remembrance Day service.
Kate knows a thing or two about winter florals. This bold floral silk Erdem dress with diamond jewellery she wore at the 100 Women In Hedge Funds event was incredibly chic, held at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London in late October 2015.
Kate displayed this incredibly elegant look to attend the ‘Creative Collaborations: UK & China’.
Kate stepped out to visit the HMP Send, Woking with her super-chic new hairdo pulled loosely back and slipped into a sleek grey shift from The Fold for the event.
At the Rugby World Cup 2015 opening game in September 2015 Kate stepped out with new bangs and a gorgeous royal blue coat by high street favourite Reiss.
Kate Middleton stepped out in yet another gorgeous frock from her royal tour wardrobe for her visit to New South Wales – a classic blue and white wrap dress by Diane Von Furstenberg.
Kate Middleton joked with the crowds that Prince Wills had said she looked like a banana in her asymmetric hem Roksanda Ilincic dress. What a joker.
Kate Middleton’s utility peplum McQueen coat, available here for £2,345, is sure to be a sell out as the Duchess continues her style parade in New Zealand.
Kate Middleton slips into a black and white Tory Burch day dress and simple black courts for the royal playdate.
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