Kate Middleton burst into the spotlight when she and Prince William met, and over the years as media attention has grown, she has caused waves within the fashion world. Nicknamed “the Kate effect”, clothes would fly off the hangers in both high fashion houses and high streets alike as soon as Kate wore a certain garment to an event. After Kate married William and became the Duchess of Cambridge, her time as a royal has given us a range of fashion moments; at times looking like a normal working mum, and others where she looks like she has just rolled out of Hollywood.
Here are some of our favourite Kate Middleton looks from over the years.
Kate Middleton at Wimbledon 2021
Last year as crowds returned to Wimbledon, Kate Middleton wowed onlookers in this gorgeous Kelly-green dress from Emilia Wickstead. Characterised by its vibrant colour, flattering fit and Wickstead’s signature cloqué fabric; it’s definitely a look worth trying to emulate.
Prince Charles’s 70th birthday
For the official portrait celebrating Prince Charles’s 70th birthday, Kate wore a demure Alessandra Rich polka-dot. This drew comparisons to Kate’s would-be mother-in-law Diana, who loved a sharp contrasting collar and pieces that oozed glamour effortlessly. Definitely a great piece of inspiration when you want to look good, but trying to remain respectful or conservative.
Chic dress coat style
A large part of her role as Duchess is attending events out and about across the UK . When deciding upon a suitable outfit for such events, early on in Kate’s royal duties she came upon the dress coat style outfit. This is a hybrid garment that can still look polished on a very blustery British day. Many of these coat dresses are military-inspired, such as this sky-blue outfit that looks striking whilst remaining respectful during important state engagements.
Visit to the Emerald Isles
During the Royals trip to Ireland in 2020, Kate wore a shimmering Falconetti dress whilst meeting Irish locals. It looks ladylike, with neat ruffles that are fit for any female diplomat, whilst still being quite playful and fashionable.
Royals on the Red Carpet
Six weeks after their wedding, the Duchess of Cambridge wowed on the Red Carpet, and set new expectations for Royal eveningwear. Dazzling in a blush Jenny Packham gown, she stunned people with her wonderful dress paired with a great big smile.
Posting on Instagram about her vaccine appointment, Kate showed off her well toned physique by wearing a fitted white top and stylish blue jeans; altogether forming an effortlessly chic outfit that anyone can emulate. Sometimes less is more.
Power suits on tour
The Duchess of Cambridge wowed foreign crowds wearing an Alexander McQueen suit, giving her a very powerful presence during the Royal visit to Jamaica earlier this year.
Celebrating a British National Treasure
Fashion from the Jubilee
The extended Jubilee weekend provided us with many iconic fashion moments; but Kate’s lemon-coloured dress from Emilia Wickstead that she wore to the Jubilee service at St Paul’s Cathedral is the pick of the bunch. This vibrant outfit feels very similar to something that the Queen herself would wear, as the single bloc of colour means you can’t be lost in a crowd.