Don't get us wrong, marrying into the royal family has its perks in the fashion department (bespoke tailoring, for one), but when it comes down to it, style cannot be bought. It's inherent. Case in point: Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, who looks just as effortless in a made-to-fit dress (she loves labels like Alexander McQueen and Jenny Packham) as she does in Breton stripes and denim—a look she often wears for more laidback events. She's even worn pieces from places such as Zara and J.Crew, proving that this royal can mix the highs with the lows for a queen-approved ensemble. On top of this, Kate has access to all the best royal jewels and tiaras, which ought to make anyone's style A+. As an ode to her royally refined and posh taste, we're looking back on her most stylish moments thus far.
September 29, 2020
The Duchess of Cambridge visited a Scout Group in London and joined them for a day of outdoor activities. She dressed up in Scout-approved attire: a Massimo Dutti linen blue shirt, black jeans from the same label, a Really Wild vest, and a pair of See by Chloé leather-trimmed suede ankle boots.
September 22, 2020
The Duchess of Cambridge spent the day in Battersea Park, London focusing on the importance of parent-powered support programs. For the outing, she wore a dressy yet relaxed look featuring trousers from Marks & Spencer and a Ralph Lauren puff sleeve top. To complete the look, she wore her trusty Superga sneakers.
September 15, 2020
Prince William and Kate Middleton spent the day visiting communities hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. For the outing, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a bright red floral shirtdress from Beulah (10 percent of profits from each dress sale are donated to empowering women all over the world) and Ralph Lauren pumps.
June 18, 2020
Kate Middleton visited the Fakenham Garden Centre in Norfolk to visit a family-run business, which first opened in 1984, and hear about how the COVID-19 pandemic had impacted them. For the visit, she dressed down in a blue button-down shirt, black skinny jeans, a Fjallraven vest, and green Superga sneakers.
March 9, 2020
The Duchess of Cambridge looked radiant in red during the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey. She re-wore her Catherine Walker red coat and donned a matching red fascinator.
March 9, 2020
We don't mind when Kate re-wears outfits like this royal blue Jenny Packham gown because she looks gorgeous in them every time. Here, the Duchess of Cambridge dazzled and sparkled while hosting a soirée at Buckingham Palace for the 25th anniversary of Place2Be.
March 3, 2020
The Duchess of Cambridge wore a metallic emerald dress by The Vampire's Wife while visiting the Guinness Storehouse's Gravity Bar for day one of her royal visit with Prince Willian in Ireland.
February 2, 2020
For special occasions, you can count on the Duchess to turn to fashion house favorite Alexander McQueen to create something beautiful. She wore this gold and white cap-sleeve gown by McQueen to the EE British Academy Film Awards.
January 28, 2020
No one can rock a skirt suit like Kate. The Duchess of Cambridge wore this matching tweed set from Dolce & Gabbana while attending a workshop at Evelina Children's Hospital in London.
January 20, 2020
Red is definitely a great color on the Duchess. For the United Kingdom Africa Investment Summit at Buckingham Palace, Kate wore a beaded and sequin long-sleeve dress from Needle & Thread.
November 18, 2019
Guess the designer Kate wore while attending the 2019 Royal Variety Performance. If you said Alexander McQueen, then you're correct! The Duchess of Cambridge glowed like a Hollywood star.
October 15, 2019
If the dress is sparkly, chances are it'll suit the Duchess of Cambridge's taste. Kate Middleton attended a special reception at the Pakistan National Monument during day two of her and Prince William's royal tour. She wore a sparkly green Jenny Packham gown with O'Nitaa earrings.
September 10, 2019
Kate wore Emilia Wickstead again in September for the RHS "Back to Nature" festival—this time opting for a long-sleeved, floral look from the designer, which £1,635 ($2,255). She paired the posh dress with uber-affordable, $6 earrings.
July 14, 2019
Kate wore a pretty, custom Emilia Wickstead dress for the Men's Finals Day of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London.
July 02, 2019
Kate looked classic in this black and white dress at day 2 of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London.
June 11, 2019
Kate stunned in this off-the-shoulder gown at Addiction Awareness Week in London.
May 7, 2019
Kate looked chic and modern in a black and white striped top and high-waisted pants at the launch of the King's Cup Regatta at Cutty Sark, Greenwich in London.
April 25, 2019
Kate wore this beautiful blue coat dress with a matching fascinator to attend ANZAC Day Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey in London.
March 19, 2019
Kate nailed the preppy chic look in this grey and black dress that she wore to visit The Foundling Museum in London.
February 28, 2019
Kate channeled Harry Potter vibes in a baby-blue Mulberry coat (which she paired with navy Rupert Sanderson Malory pumps during a trip to Northern Ireland.
January 16, 2019
Kate stunned in this bright purple skirt and jacket set during a visit to The Royal Opera House in London.
December 4, 2018
For a Christmas party for families of military personnel deployed in Cyprus at Kensington Palace, Kate wore a perfect holiday look—a long, festive red skirt and a black sweater.
November 21, 2018
Kate wore a stunning burgundy jacket and matching skirt along with a black turtleneck, black tights, and black heels during visit to a UCL Developmental Neuroscience Lab in London.
October 2, 2018
Kate kept it casual in an earth-toned ensemble during a visit to Sayers Croft Forest School and Wildlife Garden in London.
July 15, 2018
Kate wore a gorgeous, sunshine yellow dress to the men's singles final at Wimbledon in 2018.
June 10, 2018
Kate wore a striped Zara dress, Russell & Bromley wedge espadrilles, and carried a Victoria Beckham tote to the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at Beaufort Polo Club in Gloucestershire.
March 22, 2018
Kate wore a cream Goat Fashion coat and a pair of black skinny jeans to a SportsAid event. This is the Duchess' final outing before she is due to give birth to her and William's third child.
March 6, 2018
The Duchess of Cambridge visited Pegasus Primary School in Oxford wearing an off-white JoJo Maman Bébé coat and carrying an Emmy London clutch.
February 27, 2018
The Duchess of Cambridge visited the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in London, wearing a polished blue coat and dress.
February 1, 2018
Kate wore a millennial pink Alexander McQueen floor-length ball gown with a Jimmy Choo clutch during a visit in Norway.
January 31, 2018
Kate is wearing a Catherine Walker & Co and carrying a a Chanel bag during her and Prince William's second day in Sweden.
January 30, 2018
Kate stunned in a yellow, floral gown from Erdem while her and Prince William met with Swedish prime Minister Stefan Löfven and his wife, Ulla Löfven, for a dinner at the British ambassador’s residence.
January 24, 2018
Kate shows off her baby bump in this light blue Natasha coat on her way to visit the Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute at King's College.
January 17, 2018
The Duchess caused a bit of a stir by not wearing her wedding ring when she visited the Great Ormond Street Hospital in this red "Lena-style" coat from Boden.
January 16, 2018
Kate visits Coventry Cathedral in bright pink Mulberry coat.
December 25, 2017
The Duchess of Cambridge wore a red and green plaid coat to Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene.
December 12, 2017
Kate attends the "Magic Mums" community Christmas party held at Rugby Portobello Trust in a Seraphine bouclé coat.
November 24, 2017
Kate wore a baby blue embellished Jenny Packham gown at the Royal Variety Performance at the Palladium Theatre in London.
July 20, 2017
On the final day of their Germany and Poland tour, The Duchess wears a custom Emilia Wickstead dress and Gianvito Rossie heels.
July 20, 2017
In Berlin, she wears German designer Markus Lupfer and a pair of heels with triple squiggly straps.
July 19, 2017
Kate wore a bright red Alexander McQueen gown at a party celebrating the Queen's birthday.
June 3, 2017
The Duchess wore a polka dot Dolce & Gabbana dress to enjoy a day of tennis at Wimbledon.
May 13, 2017
The Duchess wore her lemon See by Chloé dress to a tea party she hosted for the children of servicemen at Buckingham Palace. She also wore the dress to a children's tea party in Canada in September 2016.
April 16, 2017
The Duchess attended Easter Day service at St George's Chapel in Windsor, England wearing a cream Catherine Walker coat.
March 28, 2017
The Duchess made a solid case for decking oneself in winter-y green lace at the 2017 Portrait Gala 2017 fundraising dinner in London. And you better believe this dress is Temperley (what else?).
March 23, 2017
While launching a maternal mental health campaign in central London, the Duchess opted for a cheerful pink skirt and top from Eponine. (Pssst: it's a repeat outfit.)
February 28, 2017
To tour the Ronald McDonald House near Evelina London Children's Hospital, the Duchess wore a blue skirt suit shot through with metallic thread by Rebecca Taylor.
February 27, 2017
While attending the launch of the U.K.-India Year of Culture 2017 at Buckingham Palace, she sparkled in a gold Erdem midi dress.
February 22, 2017
For her first engagement as patron of Action for Children since the Queen stepped down last year, she chose a burgundy skirt suit, black tights, and tall boots.
January 11, 2017
The Duchess wore buttoned and belted blue dress by Eponine London for her first royal engagement of 2017. She carried a navy suede clutch and wore matching navy heels. It was a busy day of royal duties for the Duchess: Kate first visited the Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families and then stopped by the Child Bereavement UK with William.
December 25, 2016
Kate looked chic and cozy attending Christmas morning church services at St. Mark's Church in Englefield in her beautiful Hobbs Celeste coat. She's been spotted out in the coat several times since 2012.
November 22, 2016
Kate looked absolutely stunning in her black, sleeveless Preen dress at the Place2Be Wellbeing in Schools Awards at the Mansion House in London. She topped the look off with black heels and a statement belt.
November 22, 2016
Donning a L.K. Bennett floral dress with grey pumps, the Duchess looked every bit as cheerful at an event at London's Natural History Museum.
November 12, 2016
The Duchess attended the Royal Festival of Remembrance at London's Royal Albert Hall in a conservative outfit appropriate for the occasion. In her sophisticated Temperley London coat and classic black pumps, she proves you can never go wrong with all-black.
November 3, 2016
The Duchess wore an elegant white lace gown by Self-Portrait with a red poppy pin and a matching clutch as she walked the red carpet at the premiere of A Street Cat Named Bob in London. The film benefits Action on Addiction, one of the many charities Kate supports.
October 14, 2016
During a visit to the National Football Museum in Manchester, Middleton kept warm in a pink and navy plaid coat from Erdem's Resort 2016 collection.
October 9, 2016
For a ride on the London Eye to raise awareness for World Mental Health Day, Middleton donned a pink bloom print chiffon dress by Kate Spade. And guess what? It can be yours.
September 27, 2016
Kate wears an emerald green Dolce & Gabbana dress while visiting the University of British Columbia during her Canadian tour.
September 27, 2016
Will and Kate arrived in northern Canada to chilly temps. Kate bundled up in an old favorite, a Hobbs coat, for yet another chic emerald green look. She accessorized with a plaid scarf perfect for fall.
September 26, 2016
Kate arrived at at Government House reception on Day 3 of the royal tour wearing a red satin gown by Preen paired with Queen Elizabeth's diamond maple leaf brooch.
September 25, 2016
For Day 2 of the official Royal tour, Kate Middleton visited the Immigrant Services Society in a red and white Alexander McQueen dress, paired with red pumps and a clutch.
September 15, 2016
While a high street devotee, Middleton took a designer departure in a sky blue print dress with slit detail by Altuzarra.
August 23, 2016
For a visit to the Youthscape Centre in London, Middleton recycled her beloved LK Bennett Lasa Poppy Print Dress (she wore it on her trip to Australia and New Zealand two years ago) and paired it with a glow-y tan and nude pumps.
July 24, 2016
When Kate Middleton wears a polo, she doesn't wear just *any* polo. And why should she? The Duchess of Cambridge displayed her royal title proudly across the back of her shirt while attending America's World Cup Series in Portsmouth, England.
July 7, 2016
While many don tennis whites at Wimbledon. the Duchess opted for this bright yellow Roksanda Ilincic dress with geometric detail. Recycled from her closet, it's not wonder why she's kept it around. It fits her like a glove.
July 6, 2016
At a dinner for the Natural History Museum in London, Middleton embraced a new neckline in an off-the-shoulder Barbara Casasola dress with elegant embroidery detail.
July 1, 2016
For the Somme Centenary Commemorations in France, she chose a bespoke lace peplum dress with a Peter Pan collar. A black hat completed the look.
June 30, 2016
At another event at the Somme Centenary Commemorations in France, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a Missoni coat in the house's signature zigzag print with a pillbox hat.
June 13, 2016
Kate Middleton looked decidedly debonair in a red ensemble for the annual Garter Day service at St George's Chapel in Windsor. The Order of the Garter is the oldest and most senior Order of Chivalry in Britain and was established by King Edward III nearly 700 years ago.
June 12, 2016
Kate Middleton is a pragmatic person when it comes to her wardrobe. We often see her repeat outfits, and now she's even shopping the sale section for chic designer bargains. The Duchess attended the Queen's birthday tea party today wearing a half-price color-block shift by Roksanda. Just another reason to love her.
June 9, 2016
For a ceremony honoring the Queen's 90th birthday, Middleton donned a dusty blue and white lace Catherine Walker coat dress with a matching fascinator and beige pumps.
May 23, 2016
For the RHS Chelsea Flower Shower at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, Middleton opted for a spring-appropriate kelly green dress coat paired with nude pumps.
May 20, 2016
For this nautical Alexander McQueen ensemble's third outing, Kate Middleton did...absolutely nothing to differentiate it from the other two times she's worn it. Which is great, because if you've already nailed it, why risk messing anything up?
April 6, 2015
In advance of the royal couple's trip to India and Bhutan, Middleton invited young people from both countries to Kensington Palace. For the occasion, the Duchess wore a navy, polka-dot embroidered gown by Indian designer Saloni.
March 14, 2016
The Duchess of Cambridge wore her largest hat to date ( a design by 90-year-old designer John Boyd) and the internet was ALL over it. The Daily Mail called it an "unusually large hat" while Vanity Fair underlined its distinct Downton Abbey vibes. She paired the sizable topper with a gray, embroidered Erdem coat and matching Rupert Sanderson heels.
March 11, 2016
With just one outfit the Duchess has officially declared it spring. Kate Middleton stepped out looking sweet and chic in peach-colored gingham separates by British brand Epinone—whose site crashed soon after from the sudden influx of traffic as everyone scrambled to snap up the look. The 'Kate effect' strikes again.
February 7, 2016
Joining Britain's Air Cadets to help them celebrate their 75th anniversary, Middleton stepped out in her tried and true style staple: a well-tailored coatdress. This time, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a pale blue Alexander McQueen version of the trend. Consider us royally obsessed.
January 10, 2016
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War Gallipoli campaign with Prince William by her side, Middleton manages to make a turtleneck look fashionable by letting it peek through a Michael Kors Collection slate and claret guncheck wool jacket and skirt.
November 17, 2015
For a solo outing at the 2015 Fostering Excellence Awards, Middleton opted for a royal blue, crinkle-textured A-line dress by Indian designer Saloni (you can buy it here for $789). To show off her trim waist, she topped things off with a leather belt boasting elegant gold detail. It might be early, but Middleton's classic look has us considering going monochrome in favor of glitz this holiday season.
November 7, 2015
Kate Middleton wears a black lace Dolce & Gabbana dress with Jimmy Choo pumps to the Festival of Remembrance at Royal Albert Hall.
October 27, 2015
The Duchess wears Erdem for the 100 Women in Hedge Funds gala dinner at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
October 27, 2015
In Orla Kiely while visiting Chance UK's Early Intervention Program at Islington Town Hall in London.
October 26, 2015
Middleton attended BAFTA in London donning a blue print dress designed by Tabitha Webb, a close friend of her and Pippa's, paired with black suede pumps.
October 23, 2015
The Duchess wore a royal blue Christopher Kane coat and black suede knee-high boots on her trip to Dundee, Scotland, giving us major fall outerwear #goals.
October 10, 2015
Kate Middleton has never been afraid to repeat a good outfit. The Duchess donned the chic Tory Burch dress she once made an instant best-seller for her public appearance in London to mark World Mental Health Day.
September 25, 2015
Keeping things simple but sophisticated, she opts for a gray tweed dress by The Fold that's tailored immaculately.
September 17, 2015
Showing off her newly-minted bangs, Middleton is breezy in a houndstooth Ralph Lauren shirtdress with a waist-cinching black belt.
January 19, 2015
This baby blue button cashmere coat kept Middleton toasty during a day trip to Kensington Aldridge Academy.
January 15, 2015
While paying Barlby Primary School a visit, she wears a navy Madderson London shift dress with tweed pattern detail on the pockets and hem.
November 13, 2014
For the Royal Variety Performance in London, Middleton dressed to the nines in this lacey black Diane von Furstenberg gown.
October 23, 2014
During an evening out for the Action on Addiction Autumn Gala in London, she went slightly edgier with this Temperley London frock with artful slit detail along the sleeves and hemline.
October 21, 2014
Having just announced she'd be expecting her second child, Middleton glowed as she donned this ice blue Jenny Pack gown with its tasteful front slit detail.
August 4, 2014
Commemorating World War I in Belgium, she looked lovely in a blush-toned Alexander McQueen coat dress.
June 18, 2014
The Queen of recycling a great outfit, she rewore this military-inspired gold button blouse and navy skirt combination designed by Alexander McQueen for a daytime outing.
April 24, 2014
While attending a series of events in Australia, Middleton made us green with envy in this belted Catherine Walker coat dress.
April 16, 2014
Making a statement in Australia, this neon yellow and white, color-blocked Roksanda Ilincic dress is among our best-loved looks.
April 16, 2014
During the Royal Tour of New Zealand, she kept things simple, yet eye-catching in this Jenny Packham black shift dress with crystal embroidery on one shoulder.
February 11, 2014
At the National Portrait Gallery Gala, she was striking in a dark blue Jenny Packham tulle gown and diamond necklace.
June 3, 2013
To christen the Royal Princess cruise ship, Middleton sported a printed coat by Hobbs and Sylvia Fletcher.
November 29, 2012
Visiting her old prep school, the Duchess dressed the part in a green tartan coat by Alexander McQueen—paired with black suede boots.
November 8, 2012
Wearing a black and nude lace gown by Temperley London (again!) for a dinner, she accessorizes with a red Alexander McQueen clutch for a pop of color.
October 23, 2012
At a party for the Olympic and Paralympic teams of Great Britain, Middleton was arresting in this custom embroidered Alice by Temperley number.
September 17, 2012
For a casual outing to the village of Honiara on Guadalcanal Island, she looks classic in a bright yellow Jaeger shirtdress and her famous nude L.K. Bennett pumps.
September 11, 2012
For another Diamond Jubilee tour, Middleton stunned in this graphic, white and violet number by Prabal Gurung.
June 3, 2012
In honor of the Diamond Jubilee, Middleton was a lady in red in this look from Alexander McQueen's pre-fall 2011 collection.
June 9, 2011
Putting on the ritz for the Absolute Return for Kids 10th Anniversary Gala, she chose this Swarovski-encrusted, rose gold sequin Jenny Packham gown.
April 25, 2011
At the premiere of African Cats, Middleton was decidedly ladylike in this gray Matthew Williamson shift dress with turquoise embellishment.
May 24, 2011
When you've got FLOTUS to impress, you better bring your A game. And that Middleton did in this camel Reiss dress with cap sleeves.
April 29, 2011
At her wedding reception, Middleton slipped into something a bit more comfortable, but still so chic. Another look masterminded by Sarah Burton, the angora bolero was an elegant touch over a satin gown.
April 29, 2011
On her wedding day, all eyes were on Middleton and she didn't disappoint in this custom Alexander McQueen lace dress designed by Sarah Burton.
November 16, 2010
When Middleton announced her engagement to Prince William wearing this navy Issa wrap dress to match her ring, she solidified herself as a style icon.
August 14, 2009
For a wedding ceremony, she opts for a lavender-hued brocade coat, creamy white dress, and ornate fascinator.
May 6, 2006
As Prince William's date to a wedding in Wiltshire, she dons an ivory coat dress by Jane Troughton with a matching fascinator.