We’ve been obsessed with Kate Middleton’s style evolution ever since she first started dating Prince William in 2003.
Although the pair met when they both started at St Andrews in 2001, they were friends before becoming an item, and it’s thought the turning point was when Kate walked in a university charity catwalk show. Created by fashion graduate Charlotte Todd, it was a strapless, sheer knitted affair that gave the audience – including Wills obvs – a glimpse of Kate’s black underwear. Fun fashion fact: it sold for £78k in 2011.
Kate Middleton dresses: The early years
In their early years of dating, Kate was all about the Sloane Ranger-esque looks (a la Diana). Think blazers, skinny jeans, designer pumps and bags. Since getting married and taking on more official duties though, she has really honed her sense of style.
She effortlessly mixes high end with high street 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.
Kate Middleton dresses: Her favourite designers and high street brands
For red carpet events, Kate Middleton is loyal to her favourite fashion brands, most of which are British talents including Alice Temperley, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen and Jenny Packham. For daytime Royal engagements, Kate’s known for favouring high street brands, and as soon as she’s spotted wearing them, they tend to fly off the shelves – L.K.Bennett, Reiss, Zara, Whistles, all gone within hours of being worn. That’s the Kate Middleton effect.
Kate Middleton dresses: Pregnancy style
Having had three children in the past few years (Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis), the Duchess of Cambridge has had time to hone her pregnancy style. She never made an appearance until the second trimester, due to suffering from acute morning sickness with all babies. However after it would be a lot of muted coat dresses, mixed with flowing print dresses and suits.
Without further ado, take a look back at Kate Middleton’s best looks.
On tour with Prince William in 2019
The Duchess wore a purple Emilia Wickstead dress with Aspinal Mayfair bag and Tory Burch necklace for the Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit at London County Hall.
The sheer dress that apparently caught Prince William's eye at the university charity catwalk show.
Kate attended a charity event at Paddington station wearing this floral Orla Kiely dress which is already sold out.
For her first public appearance since announcing pregnancy number three.
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.
Kate surprised everyone by wearing this daring off-the-shoulder Alexander McQueen dress to a garden party in Germany.
For a recent your of Poland, Kate wore a dress by a Polish designer as an homage to the country.
A chic Gucci look.
Wearing Marchesa to a ballet.
Wearing Alexander McQueen to the 2017 BAFTAs.
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 opted for a See by Chloé dress paired with an Acne belt for a children's party for military families.
Kate wore this stunning red gown by Thornton Bregazzi to a ceremony of reconciliation with the Canadian First Nations.
The duchess wearing a bespoke Alexander McQueen dress on a tour to Canada.
Very country chic.
At a polo game.
A pretty neglige number.
At a party during her university years.
At a disco fancy dress party.
At a wedding with Prince William.
Kate chose this dress by Issa for her engagement picture, and it promptly sold out. The brand has since struggled to keep up with demand.
Wearing her second wedding dress of the day, also by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.
The iconic pink glitter dress.
At a garden party in Buckingham Palace.
For a visit to Canada, Kate chose to honour the country with a maple leaf on her hat.
Kate wore this black lace Temperley dress to the UK premiere of War Horse.
At a St James Gala reception.
Chatting at a Royal engagement.
At an official event.
Kate wore this pale lilac McQueen dress to the 2011 BAFTAs.
On tour in Canada.
We love this cute McQueen sailor dress.
A peach dress and matching coat, the perfect pregnancy style.
After giving birth to Prince George, Kate left hospital in this blue polka dot dress by Jenny Packham.
Kate Middleton, Prince William and Prince George at George's christening.
This sparkling Jenny Packham dress was a real winner.
Kate Middleton in a cream Roland Mouret gown and Zara necklace, which sold out instantly.
Kate showed off her legs in this powder blue dress.
In a black evening gown.
For her final appearance before giving birth to Princess Charlotte, the Duchess of Cambridge wore this lovely bright pink coat and black pumps as she toured the Stephen Lawrence Centre in London.
Presenting Princess Charlotte to the world.
At Princess Charlotte's christening, wearing McQueen.
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.
We love nothing more than when Duchess Kate steps out in a purse-friendly piece..
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.
Kate Middleton's Alexander McQueen wedding dress