- In the years since she first entered the spotlight as Prince William's college girlfriend, Kate Middleton's style (opens in new tab) has undergone an evolution.
- According to Anthony McGrath (opens in new tab), a celebrity stylist and lecturer at the Fashion Retail Academy in London, this has probably been a very conscious choice.
- McGrath explained how Kate's wardrobe has changed over the years and how she's expertly integrated her personal style with the fashion rules she's expected to follow as a member of the royal family.
Kate Middleton (opens in new tab) is preparing for her future role as Queen and the proof is in her wardrobe.
According to Anthony McGrath (opens in new tab), a celebrity stylist and lecturer at the Fashion Retail Academy in London, Kate's evolving style over the years offers a clear picture of how she's preparing to rule beside her husband, Prince William (opens in new tab), when he eventually takes the throne.
Speaking to Express (opens in new tab), McGrath broke down the way Kate's style over the years (opens in new tab) illustrates her journey toward the throne. Here are some highlights of what he had to say.
On Kate's pre-royal style (opens in new tab):
"Since Kate has been in the limelight she has always been somewhat of a conservative dresser, whether that was because she wanted to prove herself to the Royal Family or was her own personal style, who knows, but she was rarely seen in anything too risqué. However, since marrying Prince William and officially becoming a member of the Royal Family, her outfits have certainly become more modest....She had to leave behind the flirty and floaty dress, thigh-skimming minis and low-cut evening gowns."
On her signature royal look:
"Instead, she introduced skirt suits and coat dresses, which have since become staple items in her wardrobe and are frequently her go-to looks for public engagements. She also introduced an array of A-lines dresses in various different colors, decorative hats for formal events and closed-toe shoes."
On staying true to herself:
"We must give her credit for staying true to who she has and not moulding herself into something else entirely. Slowly, but surely, she has finessed her style over the years and her style is without a doubt, suitable for a future Queen."
Kate Middleton's Most Iconic Fashion Moments
July 23, 2020
The Duchess steps out to announce that Royal Foundation's 1.8 million fund will support frontline workers and the nation's mental health at the Sandringham Estate. Kate wore a Suzannah dress (opens in new tab) for the occasion.
June 27, 2020
For a visit to The Nook in eastern England, Kate Middleton wore an affordable floral print dress from Faithfull the Brand. Not surprisingly, thanks to the Kate Effect, it sold out almost immediately. However, fans of the design can see buy clothing iterations of the of it here (opens in new tab) and here (opens in new tab). She completed the casual outing look with a pair of Russell & Bromley coconut wedges (shop similar espadrilles (opens in new tab)) and Accessorize hoop earrings (opens in new tab).
March 5, 2020
The Duchess of Cambridge stepped out with Prince William to watch Gaelic football and hurling as part of their royal visit to Ireland. Kate wore a Really Wild coral cashmere cable knit sweater (opens in new tab), Zara black jeans (opens in new tab), and New Balance x Sweaty Betty sneakers (opens in new tab).
February 26, 2020
The Duchess of Cambridge left a SportsAid Stars event in London wearing a two-piece green outfit. She wore a Mango sweater (opens in new tab), Zara culottes (opens in new tab), a Smythe blazer (opens in new tab), and green stripe sneakers from Marks and Spencer. Her accessories included green Monica Vinader earrings (opens in new tab) and a gold Daniella Draper necklace (opens in new tab).
December 4, 2019
The Duchess of Cambridge joined families and children who are supported by the charity Family Action at Peterley Manor Farm in England. For the outing, she wore holiday colors: a red ski jacket from Perfect Moment (opens in new tab), a Really Wild (opens in new tab) green sweater (shop similar (opens in new tab)), blue jeans, and Berghaus brown booties (opens in new tab).
October 9, 2019
For a visit to The Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity at the Natural History Museum, Kate wore a polished streamline ensemble. Her top was from a British brand called Warehouse (opens in new tab) while her pants were from Jigsaw (opens in new tab). She wore a pair of Tod's (opens in new tab) fringe leather pumps.
October 2, 2019
Prince William and Kate visited the Aga Khan Centre in England. She wore a dress that was a collab between Aross Girl and Soler London. Though the long-sleeve teal dress is now sold out, you can buy a similar one here (opens in new tab). She wore the dress with a pair of Emmy London pumps (opens in new tab).
May 8, 2019
May 1, 2019
What color looks the best on Kate? Trick question: every color looks good on her, even green. The Duchess of Cambridge was spotted in this deep jade colored dress from Emilia Wickstead (opens in new tab) while leaving the new Centre of Excellence at Anna Freud Centre in London. She accessorized with beige Gianvito Rossi (opens in new tab) pointy toe pumps and a Mulberry Amberley clutch (opens in new tab).
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