Since her rise from girl next door to Duchess of Cambridge, and now mother of the latest heir to the throne, Kate Middleton has become somewhat of a style icon. Some of her outfit choices may verge on the conservative side, but she remains the darling of style pages of many fashion magazines and newspaper style columns, sporting classic and elegant British style. Kate’s style is elegant and traditional but also young and fashion forward. She’s famously fond of high street labels and is just as likely to be seen wearing them as she is to be dressed in exclusive designer brands. If you’re a fan of the duchess’s quintessentially British style, here’s our pick of items from the Pure Collection to create the look in your own wardrobe: Fitted jackets When she’s dressing for a formal event or smartening up a casual outfit, Kate Middleton loves her classic tailored jackets and blazers. Try this cropped jacquard jacket in lace effect that goes great with outfits in neutral shades and white. Fitted jackets are great for staying warm on a night out as the temperature starts to drop, while still looking stylish. For a more casual look, pair this jacket with a pair of well-fitting jeans and a t-shirt.
Pretty dresses Kate is a big fan of flowing, feminine dresses and this printed polka dot silk dress in navy is definitely something we could see fitting into her wardrobe. Perfect for summer office wear or a special occasion.
Tapered trousers Tapered-cut trousers are back in fashion and the clean straight fit looks great with feminine blouses or casual tops. We see Kate wearing a lot of neutral shades, like these jacquard capri trousers. The fabric in ivory lace and taupe is an ideal for choice for spring and summer and would look great paired with a neutral top or something in a brighter colour. The unusual style adds a bit of interest to a simple cut.
Classic shapes Kate’s style is classic with a contemporary feel and this luxury lace shift dress fits the bill in either black or nude. If you don’t quite have Kate’s figure, the classic shift is a great cut that flatters most shapes and looks demure rather than revealing. The shift dress is a Middleton favourite, spotted often on both Kate and Pippa, and works well for work, nights out or weddings, depending on how you accessorise.
Pops of colour Kate is definitely not afraid of bright colours and often mixes brights with neutral shades for a colourful look that isn’t over the top. This washed silk shirt is available in lemon, mint or ivory polka dot and looks great worn casually with jeans or with tailored trousers or a skirt for work. A classic shirt is versatile enough for dressing up or down for many occasions and should be a staple of any wardrobe. To create your own version of Kate’s style on a less than royal budget, invest in a few simple classic pieces like those above that can be mix and matched for different outfits and use shoes and accessories to mix up the look. With some careful styling, a few key pieces can see you through several seasons and look equally stylish as casual wear or dressed up for nights out and formal occasions.