Is there a more influential British style icon these days than Kate Middleton? The Duchess of Cambridge has the ability to sell out a dress within hours of being spotted in it. Always impeccably put together, her look is smart and appropriate with a modern, feminine charm. We took a closer look at her wardrobe and picked out her go-to brands so that you can get Kate Middleton style before it flies off the shelves.
It would be impossible to talk about the Duchess’ style without mentioning her wedding dress designer. She often reaches for one of Alexander McQueen’s knee-length, full-skirted dresses for royal duties; notably the cream style with an elegant collar for Princess Charlotte’s christening and the poppy-red pleated number for the Queen’s Jubilee celebration in 2012.
The classic courts made by this British High Street brands have become somewhat of a wardrobe staple for Kate Middleton. While she has also worn their elegant and colourful dresses, it’s her shoes everyone wants. She’s worn the Sledge platform courts in patent nude time and time again.
As a designer who started out with made-to-measure orders, Wickstead was the perfect candidate to make fashion fit for a Duchess. The designer only launched her label in 2008 and has gone from strength to strength since, both thanks to her modern feminine approach and no doubt support from HRH. The British brand’s pleated skirts always look feminine and tasteful on her.
For red carpet Kate Middleton style, it has to be Jenny Packham. The long, ethereal dresses created by the designer known for her wedding and evening dresses have made the Duchess of Cambridge shine at events such as the Spectre movie premier, the National Portrait Gallery gala, and the ARK gala fundraiser.
No one could take their eyes off the long, black lace Temperley dress Kate wore to the War Horse premier. The designer’s beautiful embroidery and lacework have added a touch of texture to her otherwise clean-lined wardrobe. She’s often worn the brand while on tour in hot countries for a summery, bohemian-inspired look.
When it comes to casual dressing, the Duchess of Cambridge reaches for her failsafe, military-style jacket from Zara. We loved it teamed with a nautical T-shirt for a boat race as much as we loved it over a checked shirt with jeans at a winery. Kate Middleton style is all about mixing high street and designer, and picking up favourites that you know suit you.
Another British brand Kate has supported on many an occasions is Erdem, known for modern, beautiful florals. The Duchess of Cambridge wore Erden at the 100 Women in Hedge Funds gala dinner in what was considered quite a bold style move.
When Kate isn’t wearing her trusty L.K. Bennetts, black suede Jimmy Choos are the next best option. Or for a glam event, some glittery strappy sandals by the king of the stilettos go down a treat too. When she has to dress demurely, Kate pulls on her Jimmy Choos to add a little something extra.
Proving that you don’t have to spend a lot to look regal, Kate owns several Reiss ensembles. She even chose to wear a close-fitting white dress by the high street store for her engagement photoshoot, and later wore it again on a visit to Canada.
From brightly coloured coats to classic clutches, heritage brand Mulberry is another perfect fit for the English rose. The simple, black Bayswater suede clutch bag is a style staple that can be worn with almost any outfit, as Kate Middleton has often proven.