The Duchess of Cambridge’s style is often considered a little bland for the fashion crowd—too many Breton tops, coat dresses and beige patent pumps for the street style set’s liking. Given that she’s representing the royal family on an international stage, Kate Middleton needs to look polished; select classic items she tends to choose will photograph well and won’t date after several months.
It’s not an easy task to tick all of these protocol boxes while also pleasing the fashion crowd. However, over the past few years, Kate has been making considerably more fashion-forward choices, favouring sharp tailoring, avoiding bold colours and experimenting with hair accessories. Rather than Queen Elizabeth–style coat dresses in primary hues, she started wearing outfits that have a little more flare.
And adding to this collection of great outfits, is a host of chic summer dresses. Like much of us, the DoC had been isolating at home during lockdown but now, with a mask on, she’s started to attend more events. Today the Duchess visited the University of Derby ahead of World Mental Health Day to meet with students.
The Duchess opted for a simple, but elegant, outfit for her university visit wearing an oversized check coat by Massimo Dutti, paired with black cigarette trousers, a cashmere jumper by Massimo Dutti and a pair of black heels by Gianvito Rossi. Of course she also had a face mask, and once again opted for a floral printed mask.
Style Notes: Never forget how much the Duchess of Cambridge loves her Castañer espadrilles. A perfect pair of shoes for a floral dress.
Style Notes: A shirt dress doesn’t have to mean corporate.
Style Notes: Another dress that’s belted at the waist.
Style Notes: While she might stick to quite a few of her tried-and-tested brands, sometimes Kate surprises us, such as wearing this floral dress from cool-girl label Faithfull the Brand.
Style Notes: The Duchess knows how to make high-street look high-end. Here, Kate wears a Massimo Dutti beige coat paired with a leopard-print skirt from Zara.
Style Notes: Kate literally shone at the UK-Africa Investment Summit at Buckingham Palace, dressed in a sequin-embellished gown by Needle & Thread and Gianvito Rossi suede pumps.
Style Notes: Whilst visiting Bradford, Middleton opted for a demure Alexander McQueen coat, and paired the designer item against a high-street dress from Zara.
Style Notes: For this year’s Royal Variety Performance, Kate went for a black lace dress by Alexander McQueen. Another more interesting gown, rather than her usual more muted colours or sequin dresses.
Style Notes: During the royal tour of Pakistan, this was one of Kate’s best outfits, wearing a long white dress with a black jacket over white trousers and flat, navy Russell & Bromley shoes.
Style Notes: When attending the annual Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall, Kate wore a navy dress and accessorised with a Zara headband.
Style Notes: Atthe naming ceremony for the RSS Sir David Attenborough stuck to her classic style and wore an old favourite of hers—this Alexander McQueen coat.
Style Notes: Kate’s love of culottes hasn’t waned throughout 2019. For a visit to Sunshine House Children and Young People’s Health and Development Centre she wore an Equipment polka dot top, Gianvito Rossi pumps and Zara culottes.
Style Notes: Kate looked the epitome of chic as she took in the Wimbledon 2019 Mens Singles Final in a custom creation by Brit designer Emilia Wickstead.
Style Notes: For another day at Wimbledon, Kate opted for this gorgeous white dress from Suzannah, complete with contrasting buttons. The contrast bow belt, micro basket bag and sunglasses, however, stole the show.
Style Notes: She all know Kate loves to rewear her favourite pieces and this Dolce & Gabbana dress, which she wore in 2018, is no exception. The nipped-in waist, fluted skirt hem and puff sleeves were practically made for her svelte frame.