How Kate Middleton's Love for Plaid Grew Over a Decade

Kate Middleton's latest outfit this week in an engagement with William—the to-die-for Emily Wickstead tartan midi skirt and perfectly tailored Brora black button up cardigan—was perfect for the holidays. But as it turns out, Princess Kate's love affair with tartan is actually long and well-documented.

Kate Middleton's latest outfit this week for an engagement with William—the to-die-for Emily Wickstead plaid midi skirt and perfectly tailored Brora black button up cardigan—was perfect for the holidays. But, as it turns out, Princess Kate's love affair with plaid is actually long and well-documented.

Per People, Kate actually wore a similar red skirt with a black blazer and boots a decade ago, styled in almost exactly the same way. Kate loves plaid and has been steadily ramping up her strategic use of the classic, yet stylish pattern since then. Just take a look at some of her plaid outfits over the years (and shop similar pieces below).

As seen from the snap above, where Kate's in a plaid skirt and on her phone (before she married William), the Duchess of Cambridge has come into her own style. From the way she holds her bag, to her posture, to the improvement of the fit and style of her outfits, she's really evolved. (I'm sure having a royal clothes budget helps.)

In 2012, Kate showed off this green and blue number at St. Andrew's Day at St. Andrew's School, which she actually attended as a child.

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Kate loves a coat-dress—in this case, a navy and beige one she wore in 2013 to tour the Emirates Arena with William.

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Polished in navy and pink, Kate tours the National Football Stadium in Manchester in 2016.

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(Image credit: Max Mumby/Indigo)

For Christmas 2017, Kate was full of holiday cheer (look at that hat!) for Christmas Day Church service at St. Mary Magdalene in red and green.

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Finally, last week's outfit

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Now that's a plaid style evolution.

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