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Kate Middleton has style. Or should we say, a style. Consistently spotted in the same silhouettes, color schemes, and hemline (singular; there is generally one hemline), she has the penultimate work uniform, albeit slightly altered to represent queen and country. As we know, her influence on the masses is not to be toyed with. Dubbed the Kate Middleton effect (opens in new tab), her cosign impacts everything from selling out a blouse because it barely peeked out of her blazer to bridal cosmetic surgery (opens in new tab). So without further ado, we break down the style of England's crown jewel.
If anyone can rival Olivia Palermo's love of belts (opens in new tab), it's Kate. A cinched coat, typically in a jeweled tone, is the Duchess' signature look. Note that the look generally comes with a demure hand clasp that looks straight out of charm school.
Actually, Belts on Everything
On second thought, Kate Middleton's signature style isn't just a belted coat, it's the belt itself. What can we say? KMidd loves a nipped waist. She will cinch everything from skirt suits to formalwear. She even strapped one to her second wedding dress.
A Precise Hemline
Take a look at our visual above. You'll see that Kate's hemline is the same every. Single. Time. We can't blame her, though: It's clearly the most flattering cut for her body.
When a belted suit is a smidge too casual, Kate will opt for a lace dress with three-quarter-length or long sleeves.
Fascinators are part of British blood and heritage, so it's no surprise that Kate often wears one. Since they're usually color coordinated with her outfits, we can only imagine her vast collection looks like a rainbow.
When Kate first came on the scene she sent the press into a "princesses are really like us!" frenzy because she often re-wore the same sensible shoes. Five years later, she's still wearing down the soles of her favorite wedges (opens in new tab), boots (opens in new tab), and pumps (opens in new tab).
Every now and then Kate will surprise us with an outfit that doesn't feel quite right. Remember when your mom turned on the light while you were sleeping and your eyes had to quickly adjust? That's how seeing the Duchess in a tube top dress makes us feel. It's not bad or inappropriate—far from it—but it's certainly unexpected.
Justine Carreon is the market editor at ELLE.com covering fashion, Dutch ovens, and fashion again. When she isn’t approaching style through a modern, accessible lens, she’s scouring eBay for vintage Levi’s and pretending she knows how to surf. Before joining ELLE.com in 2015 she worked as a freelance writer and stylist in New York City.
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