Kate Middleton's style: Learn how to dress like Kate Middleton

A heightened sense of sophisticated style, monotone obsession, low key accessories, nude makeup and sheer elegance would suffice to replicate Kate Middleton's style. Her penchant for matte shades, solid colored pumps, subdued clutches and minimal jewelry is evident in her public appearances. Learn how to dress like Kate Middleton from Princesswithapen's style check.

Kate Middleton's style: All Blue Tweed Glory designed by Rebecca Taylor
Kate Middleton's style: All Blue Tweed Glory designed by Rebecca Taylor

Kate Middleton's style: All blue tweed dress by Rebecca Taylor

Kate made an appearance in a navy blue Rebecca Taylor tweed suit at the Goldsmiths' Hall in London to honor the South Pole Scott Expedition Group and to generate funds for the British Legion. Kate Middleton loves flaunting monotones and this pair of separates that she wore, was not an exception to her norm. This Taylor dress is known for its weft detailing and its intricate seams at the back. The flower décor on the neck too made for an impressive look. Although this dress is fringed at its hems, Kate made it look incredibly fashionable by wearing it to a formal event. The Anya Hindmarch Marano snake print knotted clutch that she carried is apparently still on the waiting list on online shopping portals. And as usual, she teamed up her separates with matching navy blue velvet finished pumps. Kate's red floral brooch on the jacket made for an interesting contrast and only went on to slam her fashion critics with the motto – Less is more.

This dress is very reminiscent of the knee length grey weft dress that she wore to tea at Fortnum & Mason with the Duchess of Cornwall and the Queen in March 2012.

Kate Middleton's style: The Engagement Issa dress designed by Issa
Kate Middleton's style: The Engagement Issa dress designed by Issa

Kate Middleton's style: The engagement dress designed by Issa

The engagement dress of a Duchess can be nothing less than extraordinary, right? But Kate made a subdued choice and chose to wear this deep royal blue Issa dress. quite contrary to what was expected out of a commoner-turned-royal.


This made Kate Middleton's elegant fashion sense very evident from day one. This deep V necked full sleeved dress has a beautiful fall on Kate's slim figure and pleats up like a beautiful oboe at the waist. She's sporting her signature black pumps, wavy open tresses and a blink-and-miss round pendant on a thin gold chain.


What makes this dress extra special? Kate matched her mother-in-law, Princess Di's famous 18 carat blue sapphire and diamond ring with her dress.

Kate Middleton's style: Yellow Buttoned Vintage Peplum dress designed by L.K Bennett
Kate Middleton's style: Yellow Buttoned Vintage Peplum dress designed by L.K Bennett

Kate Middleton's style: Buttoned yellow vintage peplum dress designed by L.K Bennett

Not every diva can carry off a vintage dress. But Kate Middleton does it effortlessly. It's almost as if she belongs to that era of timeless grace and style. Kate wore this dress on an official visit to Leicester with the Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh in early 2012.


This 1940s baby yellow dress is designed by L.K Bennett and is traditionally called a Peplum Suit. Kate carries off a school girl charm in this buttoned dress with nude pumps, a boxed clutch and very few accessories including a thin bracelet and an evident ring.


Apparently, this vintage dress sold out online just in a few minutes after the Duchess made a public appearance in it. Kate has worn Bennett dresses on several other occasions.

Kate Middleton's style: Dark Gray and Gold Dress  designed by Amanda Wakeley
Kate Middleton's style: Dark Gray and Gold Dress designed by Amanda Wakeley

Kate Middleton's style: Dark gray-gold dress designed by Alexander McQueen

All of Kate's critics who thought that she was becoming repetitive in her long flowy hairstyle were proved wrong in April 2012 when she attended a reception with Prince William at the Imperial War Museum. This dress is designed by Amanda Wakeley and it is officially called the Sculpted Felt Seamed Dress. She teamed it up with an Alexander McQueen gold belt which was not a part of the original styling by Amanda Wakeley. Geometric dangling earrings from the same color palette adorned her face. This time around, her clutch was understated and she let her hair do the talking. She wore a half pulled updo with her hair twirled in a circular knot stylishly resting in the center. Her beautifully twirled locks fell gracefully on her back, giving viewers a total spectacle from all sides!

Interestingly, Kate wore a different color of this dress sans all the accessories at the Oak Centre for Children & Young People at the Royal Marsden in September 2011 and to the Princes’ Charities Forum in November 2011.

Kate Middleton's style: Sequined Shimmer Gown designed by Jenny Packham
Kate Middleton's style: Sequined Shimmer Gown designed by Jenny Packham

Kate Middleton's style: Sequined shimmer gown designed by Jenny Packham

In June 2011, Kate stunned the world by showing her glamorous avatar at the 10th annual Absolute Return for Kids (ARK) Gala Dinner at the Kensington Palace in London. It was very unlikely of Kate to make such a drastic shift from her plain and underplayed choices to something so dramatic. She teamed up this pale mauve-pink Jenny Packham gown with pale pink peep toed Bennett shoes and matching clutch case. Thankfully, she followed her routine of not putting up any accessories which let this outfit extraordinaire do the talking. Kate carried off this gown with poncho like asymmetrical sleeves and ragged uneven sequined work with the ultimate diva-esque aura. The silver-white studs at the waist produced a belt formation, giving a natural visual break to the shimmer of the outfit.

The outfit also appears on the wax statue of Kate at theMadame Tussauds Wax Museum in Blackpool.

Kate Middleton's style: Irish coat-dress designed by Emilia Wickstead
Kate Middleton's style: Irish coat-dress designed by Emilia Wickstead

Kate Middleton's style: Irish coat-dress designed by Emilia Wickstead

St. Patrick's Day in Ireland was never more beautiful. The Duchess sported a spritely bottle green coat-dress while presenting traditional Irish shamrocks to the military on St. Patrick's Day in Aldershot in March 2012.


Keeping up with the spirit of the day, Kate Middleton wore a shamrock next to brooch gold floral brooch presented to her by the Queen herself. This Emilia Wickstead dress looked elegant because of its thick and large pleats creating a uniform type look, matching up to the event that Kate attended.


The plain black thin belt was meant to be as understated as possible. Kate's Lock & Co Betty Boop hat added to the charm of the occasion, making her demeanor mean pure royalty business.

Kate Middleton's style: The Wedding Dress designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen
Kate Middleton's style: The Wedding Dress designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen

Kate Middleton's Wedding dress designed by Alexander McQueen

When British Royalty Prince William got married to commoner Kate Middleton on 29 April 2011, the world watched in awe. And the awe was partly because of the royalty proceedings and partly because of Kate's wedding dress, designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. It was flowy and netted, following the norm of the traditional Christian wedding dress but there was something uniquely stunning about it – the simplicity and the elegance. Adorned with no other accessories except a traditional royal tiara, diamond droplets and a radiant smile, Kate Middleton walked down the aisle in sheer effortless style. The translucent lacquered lacework from the neck to the sleeves stood out underneath the white corset, giving Kate a fairy like transcendental look. This was a fry cry from Princess Diana's puffed satin wedding dress which oozed a totally different taste of royal exuberance. Kate's wedding dress earned the Forward Fashion Award for 2011.

Kate Middleton's style: Monotone gray-silver Peplum dress designed by Matthew Williamson
Kate Middleton's style: Monotone gray-silver Peplum dress designed by Matthew Williamson

Kate Middleton's style: Monotone gray-silver peplum dress designed by Matthew Williamson

Can Kate ever go wrong with a monotone gray-silver Peplum dress embedded with a gem collared neck and cuffs? Donning an aesthetic that has never been seen on her before, Kate picked a bejeweled Matthew Williamson outfit for the premiere of African Cats. While she still maintained her sophisticated, low laying style. The stark green of the gems created an unconventional contrast with the dull silver fabric of the dress. Kate's slim waistline helped her to carry of the peplum style with grace and charm. This is a cut that women with even the slightest of tummy bulges cannot afford to handle. The Grecian charm of the collar worked in a gold base left no need for the Duchess to accessorize. A slim two fold black clutch accompanied this celestial look of Kate's.

Kate Middleton's style: Lavender Alexander McQueen gown: Lavender Effervescence designed by Alexander McQueen
Kate Middleton's style: Lavender Alexander McQueen gown: Lavender Effervescence designed by Alexander McQueen

Kate Middleton's style: Lavender gown designed by Alexander Macqueen

Is that Kate Middleton being escorted by husband William down the red carpet or is that a celestial dame floating on the Stairway to Heaven? Kate surprises with her Alexander McQueen gown, looking more effervescent and youthful than ever.


Both William and Kate attended the BAFTA Dinner at the Belasco Theater in LA in July 2011 where Kate shed her knee length beauties for this long pleated flowing pale lavender gown. She shimmered up the dress with a jazzy silver belt, cross-strappy silver shoes, a diamonds bracelet and earrings and a gold-silver clutch.


Since her non-accessorized look is so famous, this sudden burst of jewelry does seem a little forthcoming. But the beautiful dress makes up for it. Kate's wax statue at the Madam Tussauds Wax Museum in New York displays the same dress.

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ktrapp 4 years ago from Illinois

Kate Middleton is a classic beauty with such an understated elegance and style all her own. Thanks for sharing this collection of photos. They're all so beautiful that I cannot even pick a favorite.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Kate is a natural beauty, I love the dress she wore for her engagement announcement. Diana would be so proud of her and Will.


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zoey24 4 years ago from South England

Kate has such an elegant style, and has became a fashion icon here in the Uk. She is always pictured chatting away to her fans, just like Princess Di did. Kate appears to be a lady who is beautiful both inside and out. Voted up.


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jenesmith01 4 years ago from North Texas

i love this article..kate is such a style icon so elegant and classy. thanks for the article


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

I think Kate could wear almost anything and look terrific, however,I love the way she dresses. I love all the pictures you posted as she looks wonderful in each outfit. Voted up and beautiful!


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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

An extremely well-written hub on one of the current fashion icons! You wove this hub very well from your fashion point of view! I admired Kate's fashion sense - she looked great even in jackets and jeans! I like the way Kate carry off her dresses with panache! I am a big fan of her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana who was also considered a fashion icon of her times. This list of dresses worn by Kate are unique in their own way thanks to its smart wearer!

Thanks for SHARING. Awesome & Interesting. Voted up.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I completely agree with ktrapp. Well done!


Dress like a lady 4 years ago

The yellow dress is of from Jenny Peckham and worn in calcary in 2011

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