The Duchess of Cambridge’s Best Fashion Moments: A Style Evolution

The last few years have been full of ups and downs for the Royal Family. But one thing has remained consistent: the Duchess of Cambridge and her (nearly) flawless wardrobe. Call it service with a smile – and a crepe de chine Gucci blouse.

For all the fabulous glitz (which, if her recent Bond girl moment is anything to go by, we can expect a lot), her rise is defined by relativity. She’s the princess of the mix-and-match, high-low combo. Notably less Carrie Bradshaw in a tutu and Manolos, more hobbs hiding under a McQueen coat.

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Now, Kate is looking better than ever in her forties. In 2019, her style received a leg-up from former Vogue editor Ginny Chadwick-Healy, who subtly changed the Duchess’s style. The influence was less co-ord tweed and more Miu Miu Christmas cardigans and floor-length flares – increasingly daring and yet more elegant as well. Not to mention the pictures of her fortieth birthday by one of fashion’s favorite photographers, Paolo Roversi. Chic.

Here’s a refresher on a Polish princess’s sartorial ascent.

LR: March 13, 2007; April 11, 2008; March 2002; December 15, 2006

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Parading down the university catwalk in a skirt pulled up to be a costume? Not your average ‘Once Upon a Time’ story, but you can’t say the duchess-to-be wasn’t skilled. “Kate’s hot,” said Prince William while looking back in 2002. The look also attracted some other fans, most notably ‘Nick from Jersey’, who copied it at auction for £78,000. 2007 saw a line-up of overcoats and a fully tweed look typical for Cheltenham Racecourse. Those Y2K sunglasses have long had a reappearance, idea.

LR: November 16, 2010; April 28, 2011; April 29, 2011; April 30, 2011

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Say goodbye to girlfriend Kate, hello Catherine the Great. The engagement ended on November 16, 2010 and Issa was in a figure-hugging, silk jersey wrap dress. Nothing says timeless like a royal blue dress to match Princess Diana’s engagement ring. The wedding dress itself needs no introduction. But for the record, an Alexander McQueen gown of English and Chantilly lace stitched with intertwining roses, thistles, daffodils and shamrocks with a hand-embroidered veil from the Royal School of Needlework, and the Cartier halo tiara was undeniably a fashion moment. highest caliber. In the days before and after their April 2011 wedding, Middleton posed in a pair of patent LK Bennett wedges. Thankfully his days were numbered.

LR: November 7, 2015; 21 October 2015; 1 July 2016; June 30, 2011

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These bodycon, knee length lace dresses have stood the test of time. Some style turmoil is only natural during the 2010s. Touching up June 2011 in Canada, Middleton wore a navy lace and white dress from Erdem’s Resort 2012 collection, while 2015 saw the arrival of baggier, burgundy lace sleeves by Dolce & Gabbana to meet President Xi Jinping. The lace look was redeemed in part by the Duchess’s 2016 visit to the Battle of the Somme memorial, where she wore a classy Jenny Packham cream two-piece with a Peter Pan collar. Still, Lacy Kate hasn’t quite stepped into the new decade.

LR: February 25, 2011; February 6, 2017; September 13, 2012; February 2, 2020

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It’s well known that the Duchess has no fear of stepping out twice in the same outfit (gasp). And they usually come back better. Embellished with gold flowers at the 2020 BATFA Awards, the cream Alexander McQueen gown reappeared from a trip to Malaysia in 2012. For its dual function, the sleeves were given a new lining while some red carpet va-va-voom Gorgeous Van Cleef & Arpels jewellery, glittering gold Jimmy Chose and matching Anya Hindmarch clutch. level up. Then there’s the favorite Luisa Spagnoli red skirt suit, which, you’ll notice, has grown from lower-thigh to knee-length over the years. The ever conscious conservative.

LR: 12 March 2019; 3 June 2019; October 23, 2018; February 13, 2011

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Which pair is more iconic? Will and Kate, or Kate and McQueen. The British brand, played by Sarah Burton, has been woven into the Duchess’s image ever since she said ‘I do’. The overcoat is a day’s delight and they’ve swapped it out for Royal Ascot, but it’s the go-to, floor-length gowns that are the most jaw-dropping. The silk, kingfisher blue trumpet dress she wore to the 2018 State Banquet was complete Princess Diaries perfection, even if some prefer to slam it as prom in the wrong way. The Royal Family Order ribbon brooch is a welcome bonus. The flounce floral worn at the National Portrait Gallery was another hit, however, as a surprise gift of three new Paolo Roversi portraits of the Duchess wearing McQueen, released the night before her forties, easily snatched the crown.

LR: April 17, 2021; March 3, 2020; September 28, 2021; March 12, 2019

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After a May wedding in 2018, it was official. There was a new girl at the scene – who could even take a look. Far from throwing her towel in, Meghan Markle has Kate up her fashion game once again. With a metallic green The Vampire’s Wife dress, she joined designer Susie Cave’s fan club (headed by Jodie Comer and Sienna Miller). For Prince Philip’s funeral, the Duchess looked impeccable in Katherine Walker’s black coat and sculpted face mask. And then, blast! on james bond no time to die The red carpet, she stunned (in the best way) in a glittery, gold sequin-capped gown from Jenny Packham, her go-to designer for glitter. Will this be a turning point for more fashion exposures in her forties? We can pray. As far as the purple Gucci pussy-bow blouse she insists on wearing back to front, remember this: When it comes to dresses, Kate always knows best.

Scroll through the gallery above for the best looks of the Duchess of Cambridge.