Kate Middleton’s Giving Her Wardrobe The Modern Upgrade We've Been Waiting For

Kate Middleton’s Giving Her Wardrobe The Modern Upgrade We’ve Been Waiting For

Refinery29 | Eliza Huber

While Meghan Markle uses fashion to cause a stir within Buckingham Palace, her sister-in-law is pretty good at doing the exact opposite. Between Kate Middleton ’s ubiquitous A-line dresses and designer coats, seldom do we see her take sartorial risks. Of course, with a closet full of Alexander McQueen dresses and Gianvito Rossi pumps, why would she?

From time to time though, the future Queen Consort of England surprises us by showing up in something a little less royal and a little more, well, her. There was the scandalous off-the-shoulder dress she wore to the Addiction Awareness Week kick-off dinner, the sneakers she wore while strolling through the flower show, and don’t even get us started on the cult-favorite Castañer espadrilles she can’t seem to stop repeating. Suffice to say, we’re in full support of Kate Middleton’s recent risk-taking in the style department.

So to grant the Duchess of Cambridge our official stamp of approval, we rounded up her all-time best style moments, from the Alexander McQueen gown she wore to marry Prince William to the maternity dresses that changed pregnancy fashion forever, in the slideshow ahead.

August 8th, 2019 at the King’s Cup Regatta
For the second time this summer, the Duchess of Cambridge, who, I might add, is usually dressed to the nines in couture suits and dresses, has been spotted wearing none other than a pair of canvas sneakers. Even better? The exact pair (in navy), Superga’s Cotu Classic Sneakers, are currently on sale for less than $45 on Zappos.
Photo: Antony Jones/Getty Images.

July 13th, 2019 at the Women’s Final Day at Wimbledon
Middleton matched Wimbeldon’s green and white color scheme while attending the renowned tennis tournament’s final day in this Dolce & Gabbana puff-sleeved frock.
Photo: Victoria Jones/WPA Pool/Getty Images.

July 2, 2019 at the Women’s Second Day at Wimbledon
Kate Middleton took a cue from her sister-in-law’s playbook and chose a double-breasted trench dress for her second trip to Wimbledon. To add her stamp to the look, she added a pair of Alexander McQueen sunglasses and a belt by the same designer.
Photo: Karwai Tang/Getty Images.

July 1, 2019 at Hampton Court Palace
Middleton dressed down her summer wrap dress with a pair of Castañer wedges (of which she frequents constantly) while enjoying a picnic at the Hampton Court Palace alongside her three kids.
Photo: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images.

June 25, 2019 at a photography workshop for Action for Children
If you’re a true Kate Middleton stan, you probably know that she’s quite the photographer. So naturally, when she was given the patronage of the Royal Photographic Society by the Queen, she had to dress the part. For a photography workshop put on by the society, she chose a Ridley London paisley sundress and her go-to Castañer espadrilles.
Photo: Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images.

June 18, 2019 at Royal Ascot Day 1
The Duchess channeled Mary Poppins at the opening day of Royal Ascot in an Elie Saab blue sheer dress and matching hat. To finish off the look, she added a metallic clutch and silver pumps. Kate Middleton, practically perfect in every way.
Photo: Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images.

June 12, 2019 at the first annual gala dinner for Addiction Awareness Week at Phillips Gallery
Kate Middleton was a ray of white light at a dinner for Addiction Awareness Week wearing an off-the-shoulder pin-striped frock designed by Barbara Casasola. With it, she chose a pair of sparkly pumps likely by Jimmy Choo and a satin Wilbur & Gussie clutch.
Photo: Mark Cuthbert/UK Press/Getty Images.

June 6, 2019 at the Household Division’s ‘Beating Retreat at Horse Guards Parade
Once again, the Duchess of Cambridge made us feel seen by shamelessly outfit repeating at London’s Horse Guards Parade. Which piece is she re-wearing now? The Catherine Walker coat that she donned both in October of 2016 at the end of the Cambridge family’s tour and to Easter services in April of 2017.
Photo: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images.

May 21, 2019 at the Royal Garden Party
Unlike Daphne Reynolds in What A Girl Wants, Kate Middleton proves that you can still dress cool to a royal event, even with the Queen there. Case in point: her wearing a bubblegum pink Alexander McQueen coat and a headdress by Juliette Botterill at the Royal Garden Party.
Photo: Dominic Lipinski/WPA Pool/Getty Images.

May 20, 2019 at the Annual RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Alongside her three royal babes, the Duchess of Cambridge styled a very casual pair of Superga sneakers, paired with an M.i.h. Jeans eyelet blouse and a pair of Massimo Dutti culottes. And this just in: you can get your hands on her same exact shoes for just $65 right now on Amazon.com.
Photo: Karwai Tang/WireImage/Getty Images.

October 31, 2018 at the Imperial War Museum
Kate Middleton dressed as herself on Halloween in a recycled Jenny Packham dress that she originally wore during her official visit to Canada back in 2016. This time, however, she paired it with a nude Mulberry clutch while visiting an art installation at the Imperial War Museum.
Photo: Neil Mockford/GC Images/Getty Images.

 

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