She captivated a world audience when she first stepped out into the spotlight as Prince William’s girlfriend, and she’s lit up the presses ever since. Whether wearing something for the first time or recycling yet another piece, the Duchess of Cambridge’s style has been a stunning array of ultra-chic and it’s safe to say that everyone is aware of the awesomeness that is her closet. From her coat-dresses and nude pumps to her love of all things lace, here are some picked favorites that take Kate Middleton from a conservative duchess to the queen of fashion…
1. Mahal Magnificence
The duchess wears a suitably memorable blue and white dress with embroidered motif for the Taj Mahal royal tour. Another splendid choice as it worked beautifully with the Indian architecture- the white nodded to the color of the famous monument, while the blue perfectly set off the sapphire engagement ring that once belonged to Princess Diana.
2. Chanel No. 1
Kate unleashes her inner French Girl in Chanel from head to toe during a Paris visit. She pays homage to her Parisian hosts by wearing a tweed waisted frock coat with a box pleated skirt from one of the city’s famous fashion houses. Her waist was emphasized with a back Chanel double C belt and she also carried a small burgundy quilted leather top-handle Chanel bag; she made yet another subtle nod to French style by accessorizing with a necklace, earrings and watch by Cartier.
3. Fit For A Mcqueen
The royal beauty kicks off Canada tour in colorful Alexander McQueen red and white tiered dress with broderie anglaise details. The colors perfectly matched Canada’s flag, and the look was finished with red pumps and clutch.
4. Poppy Print
For a busy day at the Royal Australian Air Force Base, their Royal Highnesses donned a stylish royal blue and white poppy print floral number by British high street favorite- L.K. Bennett. She completed her look with a matching blue clutch by Australian brand Oroton and a pair of blue heels.
5. Grey Glamour
The Duchess of Cambridge loves her grey hues, and this periwinkle gathered Roksanda Ilincic dress is yet another recycled piece. The dove grey dress has an unusual slashed neckline, to which she completes with a pair of the palest pale grey suede heels and tan tights proving why she’s one of the world’s most renowned style icons.
6. Flower Power
Kate was a riot of color in a thoroughly sophisticated silk dress at a gala dinner, which was attended by some of Britain’s richest women. The floor-skimming gown featured a tiered panel which the brand (Erdem) says showcases a ‘full and feminine silhouette’, a boat neckline and concealed zip fastening at the back.
7. Lady In Red
8. Royally Ravishing
It was quite the moment when Kate stepped out of her hotel in a spring maxi dress of every girl’s dreams during the royal India & Bhutan Tour. The amber tones of the colorful Tory Burch dress with high side slits and intricately woven flowers helped. Kate matched this gown with an orange shawl, gold accessories and black strappy sandals.
9. Gorgeous in Green
The natural beauty delights in a forest green Dolce & Gabbana midi dress with gold buttons that went perfectly with her beautiful surroundings. She completed the look with a gold Cartier watch, nude clutch bag and heels from L.K. Bennett, and natural make-up.
10. Wedding Wonder
Catherine took center stage as the world watched her go from real girl to real-life princess in a wedding gown that was sheer perfection. She worked with Sarah Burton- designer of the luxury fashion house Alexander McQueen- which proved that, down the years later, she knows how to create a classic.