Kate's Dresses and Gowns of 2012

The Duchess of Cambridge, formerly known as Kate Middleton, but mostly known as Kate, is one of the most watched public figures in the world. I thought it would be fun to chronicle of some of her outfits that she has worn throughout the year. We can observe her fashion choices and if her style evolves. We can also see if she starts any new trends.

Kate at the official viewing of the movie, Warhorse, in Britain
Kate at the official viewing of the movie, Warhorse, in Britain

At the UK Premiere of Spielberg's Warhorse Movie

It's unfortunate that Kate's dress for the first formal occasion of the year was a fashion miss. She attended UK premiere of Steven Spielberg's World War I movie, War Horse, wearing a v-neck long lace gown that looks like a refashioned gown from her grandmother's closet.

Although Kate, now the Duchess of Cambridge, wore lace during her wedding last year, it was a mistake to wear it at her first official function. Lace is very aging to a young woman and Kate is only at the beginning of her 30s. It's true that the movie was about Britain during World War I but you shouldn't have to look like you were trying to channel that era through your clothing. She is tall and slim and can look very well in most anything, but this really was not a dress that suited her.

Kate's Engagement Ring

Kate often wears the engagement ring that her William gave her. Of course that ring is famous because it used to be his mother's. Princess Diana, back when she was Lady Diana, received it as an engagement ring from Prince Charles.

Her first solo official engagement at the National Portrait Gallery has Kate wearing a coatdress from Jezire, a fashion house that already closed.
Her first solo official engagement at the National Portrait Gallery has Kate wearing a coatdress from Jezire, a fashion house that already closed.

At the National Portrait Gallery in February

Really, a coatdress? The large shawl color makes her look like she has no shoulders. Why Kate, why? The dress actually looks too young for her. So she wore something that was too old for her in January and now a dress that is too young for her in February. However she seems to be favoring a black-and-white color scheme in her attire. Why Kate, why? It's too boring. Someone is giving her bad advice and should be fired.

The gray tweed with black belt also reminded me of a 1950s outfit from Mad Men. Very prim, very proper. Kate's official public style is still evolving and perhaps she chooses to wear outfits that won't make waves. It would be interesting to see how her official style changes, if at all.

The dress does however, show off Kate's long neck while the Jimmy Choo shoes show off her long legs.

Kate wore a chunky, double-banded diamond tennis bracelet. This double-banded diamond bangle is in a similar style. Kate has great taste when it comes to jewelry.

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Black turtleneck and black slim skirt with a wide belt for a round of visits to various charities in FebruaryThe classic brown single-breast belted coat from Hobbs is already sold out.
Black turtleneck and black slim skirt with a wide belt for a round of visits to various charities in February
Black turtleneck and black slim skirt with a wide belt for a round of visits to various charities in February
The classic brown single-breast belted coat from Hobbs is already sold out.
The classic brown single-breast belted coat from Hobbs is already sold out.

A Busy Day Visiting Charities

Even though her husband, Prince William was away on assignment to the Falkland Islands, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge was busy doing a tour of various charities in one day. She visited Alder Hey Hospital, a new Ronald McDonald House, and others. Kate was a vision in black wearing a black turtleneck over a black slim skirt, a wide belt, black hose and black high heel shoes. Very easy to maintain with her busy schedule that day. Over her dress she wore a classic brown single-breast coat with a slim belt. It seems Kate's style for these visits is to be practical and low maintenance. And she looks very good in brown.

Kate favors stiletto shoes that are subtly sexy. Now her shoes come from Jimmy Choo, but it's not hard to find something similar. Steve Madden has a similar shoe in various colors.

Kate wears a wool jacquard dress from Orla Kiely
Kate wears a wool jacquard dress from Orla Kiely

Art Room visit

While visiting The Art Room, Kate wears a wool dress from Orla Kiely. Brown is definitely her color and the print is quite interesting. This is a great transitional dress to wear when winter turns to spring. You don't want to wear a coat but you do want to ward off a chill. The dress comes with a slim belt. Nice choice, Kate.

This roomy clutch is similar to Kate's and I can see why she would like it. It's simple, elegant yet casual at the same time, which means you can take it anywhere. It also includes a metal chain strap for shoulder wear.

Kate walks her dog Lupo while bodyguard escorts them.
Kate walks her dog Lupo while bodyguard escorts them.

Kate Walks Her Dog

Kate really shows off her style when she's doing something casual, like walking her dog, Lupo. She teams up a pair of slim jeans, green wellies and a brown, shearling Darwin jacket with fur collar. To finish off the outfit, she tops it all off with a green hat that also keeps her warm. Although she is not wearing either dress or gown, I thought it would be interesting to see how she dresses when she doesn't have a function to attend.

Kate's wellies are custom-made and cost over $300 but you can buy well made classic wellington boots from Tretorn. It has a removable insole, a cotton lining, non-slip sole, a re-inforced heel and grippy outsole to keep your foot secure. The best thing is that you can adjust the calf of the boot to fit you.

Kate and the disintegrating coat from Missoni
Kate and the disintegrating coat from Missoni

Tea Party at Fortnum and Mason

Kate accompanied her grandmother-in-law, the Queen of England during an official tea party at Fortnum and Mason. The Queen was renaming the store's restaurant to the Diamond Jubilee Tea Station. If the coat looks old and frayed, don't worry that Kate didn't notice, it's supposed to look that way. According to the Missoni company, the wool-knit weave was supposed to look distressed and worn out. Why? Why make a coat, that retailed at over a thousand dollars, so that it looks likes it's falling apart? Is it way a for rich people to look like they've downsized and they're one with the people. It's stupid and Kate, I'm really disappointed in you for falling for the dumb salespitch. In addition, the coat looks too plain and makes her look flat-chested. We know she has a small bosom, but why make it look smaller.

Kate is wearing two daffodils in honor of St. David's Day, March 2. St. David is the patron saint of Wales.

A great way to welcome Spring is to wear daffodils, the earliest flowers of the season. This pair of drop earrings with a daffodil design like a Tiffany window is great to wear for any occasion.

Kate in an LK Bennett dark teal dress with matching jacket.  The Queen in a hot pink(!) Angela Kelly cashmere coat.
Kate in an LK Bennett dark teal dress with matching jacket. The Queen in a hot pink(!) Angela Kelly cashmere coat.

On a Jubilee Tour with the Queen and Prince at Leicester

Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, accompanied Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip to Leicester on thier Jubilee Tour. Kate wore a really cute green suit from LK Bennett. As usual she wore a belt, but she wore a dark teal fine wool crepe dress with an asymmetric collar, side gathers, and cap sleeves underneath a matching shirred jacket with a belted waist. That belt is one she wears often.

It's the first time she's also worn a hat, made by John Locke, and worn at a rakish angle.

I was startled to see a queen in hot pink!

As Kate knows, a belt that you can use for almost anything is a wonderful staple and instant style maker. Here's a buckle belt similar to what Kate has worn and will also be appropriate for almost any occasion.

Wearing an Orla Kiely dress for Dulwich Gallery
Wearing an Orla Kiely dress for Dulwich Gallery

Visiting with the In-Laws at the Dulwich Gallery

Princess Catherine accompanies her in-laws, Prince Charles and his wife, to the Dulwich Gallery. The Prince is a patron of the Gallery and was making an official visit. Kate was dressed in one of Irish designer Orla Kiely's dresses: grey wool with a vaguely floral motif near the neckline, three-quarter sleeves, and ending in a fully pleated skirt. As usual the dress is cinched in but this time with a slim bow. I rather like this dress, it shows a little more personality than her other outfits.

Kate likes to wear those nice shiny drop earrings. But earrings similar to it doesn't have to cost almost $500 like Kate's does. This shiny pair is made from Swarovsky crystal and cost a mere trifle but looks so good.

Duchess Kate at Aldershot Barracks on St. Patrick's Day
Duchess Kate at Aldershot Barracks on St. Patrick's Day

Kate Middleton Honors the Irish Guards on St. Patrick's Day

For the occasion, Kate wears a green Emilia Wickstead coatdress with a swirly skirt. As usual she has a belt to cinch her waist and tops off the outfit with a brown Betty Boop hat from Lock and Co. She wears matching brown suede heels and a gold shamrock brooch (that used to belong to the Queen) along with a sprig of shamrocks. The look is somewhat reminiscent of 1940s fashion, but she kinda looks like a flight attendant. She is wearing her beautiful engagement ring.

Kate was presenting shamrocks to the Irish Guards at Aldershot, England on March 15th.

Instead of the traditional shamrock brooch, consider this gold-plated harp brooch to wear for St. Patrick's Day. The harp is Ireland's national emblem.

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Kate wore a dress that look similar to her Mom'sCarole Middleton and her blue dress
Kate wore a dress that look similar to her Mom's
Kate wore a dress that look similar to her Mom's
Carole Middleton and her blue dress
Carole Middleton and her blue dress

Kate at the East Anglia Children's Hospice in Ipswich

Kate made her first royal speech at the East Anglia Children's Hospice a few days after St. Patrick's Day. She was pretty nervous at first but she did fine. What got most people's attention was her electric blue dress from Reiss's 2008 collection. It's the same dress that her mother, Carole Middleton, wore when she attended Ascot in 2010. I think it's cool that Kate is okay with having the same dress as her Mom. It shows that she's confident about her style choices and that she likes her mother and that she's not such a clothes whore; she doesn't have to have everything new. A lot of people were shocked but they should get over themselves.

The blue Reiss dress has an oversized collar and a double-breasted top. She looks really nice in that shade of blue. As always she wore her engagement ring with a blue outfit, a belt, and black pumps as accessories.

Kate knows the value of having black pumps that can be a fall back for any outfit. This shoe from Nine West is very similar to Kate's.

Easter Break

Kate and Prince William spent Easter with his parent in Scotland. Afterwards they went on a ski trip to the French Alps with her family. She wore a very simple outfit. White ski jacket and orange ski pants, very no frills. More importantly, she wore a helmet, to protect herself from a head injury in case she falls. After the Natasha Richardson skiing accident, it really highlighted the importance of wearing these ski helmets.

It is said that Kate is a good skier and it certainly looks like it.

Columbia Women's Whirlibird Interchange Jacket
Columbia Women's Whirlibird Interchange Jacket

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Kate wears a peplum suit with short sleeves, decorated with ethnic detailing
Kate wears a peplum suit with short sleeves, decorated with ethnic detailing

Attending a Premiere Showing of African Cats

Kate and her husband Prince William attended the April UK premiere of Disney's documentary, African Cats, which benefited the conservation charity, Tusk Trust. Kate was wearing a light grey peplum, designed by Matthew Williamson, that had ethnic detailing at the neckline and at the sleeve cuff. By now, we know that Kate favors any dress style that shows off her slim waist, so a peplum suit is ideal for her.

Accessories are a great way to update any outfit and take advantage of trends. This stackable set of gold-plated ethnic bangles are a bold statement.

Amanda Wakely dress in gunmetal
Amanda Wakely dress in gunmetal

The visit to the Imperial War Museum

April finds Kate visiting the Imperial War Museum for a fundraising event for much needed improvements to the museum. Of course she accompanied Prince William, and she wore an Amanda Wakely dress in the gunmetal color. She also owns this dress in oatmeal. It's really not a very stylish dress and very boring looking. Kate wore a belt of course and it was the only bit of accent in a dull look. It's nice that she did something to he hair to make another interesting accent to the look.

Kate knows that the best way to rev up a ho-hum outfit is to wear fabulous shoes. These black suede pumps can be for day or night and can go with practically any outfit.

Finally, Something More Glamorous

Prince William accepted an invitation from the Thirty Club and to be the speaker for the evening so that he could talk up his grandmother's upcoming jubilee. Kate arrived in this severe but elegant looking cream dress by designer Roland Mouret. The glittery high heeled sandals were a nice touch in a rather spare look. And of course, her hair was the usual blown-dry hairstyle.

Metallic platform sandals are just the thing to wear during the summer with the light colored dresses on your night out.

Teal Jenny Packham dress
Teal Jenny Packham dress

Kate Goes Hollywood

Kate went all out for an olympic gala held in May wearing a beautiful teal gown by Jenny Packham and with her hair up in a formal style! It's the first time that she looks really glamorous. Way to go Kate!

This long flowing dress approximates Kate's teal gown. It's elegant with a flowing skirt and conveys that classic grecian look.

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Kate in a pleated Emilia Wickstead dress with Prince William at the Queen's Sovereign luncheonJane Corbett hat
Kate in a pleated Emilia Wickstead dress with Prince William at the Queen's Sovereign luncheon
Kate in a pleated Emilia Wickstead dress with Prince William at the Queen's Sovereign luncheon
Jane Corbett hat
Jane Corbett hat

Pink for the Queen's Sovereign Luncheon

The Queen's Sovereign luncheon is a party where the British queen invites anyone who is royal. Approximately 60 monarchs attended the luncheon including several middle eastern sheikhs. And since this year is the Diamond Jubilee for Queen Elizabeth, it was an extra special occasion. Kate wore a soft pink Emily Wickstead dress that has a pleated skirt. Kate seems to have a thing for pleated skirts. It's okay but it looks boring, she needs to use accessories more.

She also did a repeat of this dress by wearing it two weeks later at the Diamond Jubilee garden party on May 29th. It's nice that she's normal and recycles her dress and isn't afraid to be photographed using the same dress. She accessorized the dress with a strange-looking hat designed by Jane Corbett.

If you're not careful, pleat skirts can make you look like an overgrown schoolgirl, it's better to get a modified pleat skirt so that you get the look but it's more stylish and you don't have to pay extra at the cleaners to have the pleats refreshed.

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Kate's red dress is designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueenKate in Alexander McQueen outfit attending a service of thanksgiving to mark the Queen's Jubilee. She is waiting with her husband, Prince William at the start of the service.
Kate's red dress is designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen
Kate's red dress is designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen
Kate in Alexander McQueen outfit attending a service of thanksgiving to mark the Queen's Jubilee. She is waiting with her husband, Prince William at the start of the service.
Kate in Alexander McQueen outfit attending a service of thanksgiving to mark the Queen's Jubilee. She is waiting with her husband, Prince William at the start of the service.

The Jubilee Dresses

Kate along with all the other British are so excited about her grandmother-in-law's Jubilee parties. There's been so much preparation and it's now come to fruition. Kate was ready with few nice dresses to wear to the many occasions.

Kate wore a lovely red suit designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen as she rode on the royal barge which led the flotilla for the Queen's Jubilee. As I said before, she seems to favor pleated skirts and I like the top's cutout design. Her suit was topped off by a hat designed by Sylvia Fletcher for James Lock & Co.

For the Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul's Cathedral to mark the Queen's Jubilee, Kate wore another Alexander McQueen dress in pink lace and piping at the waist. She also wore a Jane Taylor hat.

For the summer, Kate seems to wear one style and color pump. This natural patent pump from Anne Klein looks a lot like Kate's and will go with any outfit. Its heel isn't as high as what Kate favors so it's more wearable.

Kate in Katherine Hooker coat
Kate in Katherine Hooker coat

A Plus 1 at the Wedding

Kate attended her husband's cousin's wedding wearing a Katherine Hooker coat that she has worn previously. It looks like a light coat meant to provide against a spring chill or a light breeze. I think it looks very dashing.

Kate in Silver Grey Erdem dress and Jane Corbett hat.
Kate in Silver Grey Erdem dress and Jane Corbett hat.

Kate Attends the Trooping of the Colour

Kate wore this very nice silver grey Erdem dress. What makes it different from anything I've seen her wear is the loose cowl neck and the very pretty embroidery throughout the dress. She wears some really weird hats though. The hat she's wearing comes from a hat designer that she wears a lot, Jane Corbett. The Trooping of the Colour was during the Queen's Birthday so it was a special occasion.

Kate in cream Alexander McQueen outfit
Kate in cream Alexander McQueen outfit

At the Order of the Royal Garter procession

I thought that this cream outfit by Alexander McQueen, was festive but too young looking for her. It's clear that the ladies color-coordinated for the occasion. The hat is by Jane Corbett. Again, what is with the weird hats? Does she have to wear them on royal occasions--it seems so. She keeps wearing the same type of shoes too for her summer outfits.

The Duchess with her husband Prince William at Wimbledon
The Duchess with her husband Prince William at Wimbledon

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship

It's time for tennis at Wimbledon and Kate fits right in with a pleated cable-knit dress by Alexander McQueen. Not only is this appropriate for tennis but she can probably wear it again at a sailing or rowing event. Very practical but slightly boring. At least she doesn't have to wear a hat.

This pleated tennis skirt should become a mainstay in your wardrobe because you can wear it while playing tennis and also if you're a spectator at the stands.

Yellow coatdress by Emilia Wickstead
Yellow coatdress by Emilia Wickstead

Prince William's Thistle Service

Okay, now we know that Kate looks awful in yellow. She looks so washed out and the dress looks too big on her. And again, she is wearing an awful hat. The yellow coatdress is designed by Emilia Wickstead.

What is a thistle service? I don't really know, but since it's British, I'm sure it has some sort of tradition that has to do with the Scots. Prince William is knighted and it's an honor granted to people who have contributed some great service. The honor is only second to the Order of the Garter. Again, don't know what the garter thing means. Somehow, I don't think it's that impressive if your grandmother knights you. It's almost like nepotism. Well actually, I think it is a form of nepotism.

Gray dress by designer Roksanda Ilincic
Gray dress by designer Roksanda Ilincic

Royal Academy of Arts Reception

The end of July finds the Dutchess of Cambridge at a reception at the Royal Academy of Arts in a stunning gray dress. It's elegant yet interesting and just right for a summer day. Kate has her hair up, hoop earrings, and a bare neck. It was a good decision not to have a necklace because the dress's asymmetrical neckline is what gives her elegant neck the focus. Of course there is the cinched in waist as usual and the pumps in a ligher color. I think this is one of Kate's more interesting outfits and she looks very nice indeed. The designer, Roksanda Ilincic, is one that I've never heard of but it will interesting to see if Kate wears other dresses by this designer.

This elegant and simple silver clutch with beaded design can accompany any evening outfit in the summer.

Kate at the London Olympics

Since London is hosting the 2012 summer olympic games, Kate is one of the royal family members who are actively involved as a benefactor. She visits with the British women hockey team who won a bronze medal against New Zealand. At first I thought she was wearing a skort (HORRORS!) but it's actually a skirt with a middle pleat and pairs it with a sleeveless polo shirt. Why she wore that white outfit with blue wedgies is beyond me.

Singapore

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Jenny Packham DressPrabul Gurung DressAlexander McQueen cotton dressDuchess Kate in floral Erdem dress with Prince WilliamDuchess Kate in print Raoul separates with Prince WilliamDuchess Kate in duck-egg blue Jenny Packham dress with Prince William
Jenny Packham Dress
Jenny Packham Dress
Prabul Gurung Dress
Prabul Gurung Dress
Alexander McQueen cotton dress
Alexander McQueen cotton dress
Duchess Kate in floral Erdem dress with Prince William
Duchess Kate in floral Erdem dress with Prince William
Duchess Kate in print Raoul separates with Prince William
Duchess Kate in print Raoul separates with Prince William
Duchess Kate in duck-egg blue Jenny Packham dress with Prince William
Duchess Kate in duck-egg blue Jenny Packham dress with Prince William

Kate's Jubilee Tour

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge launched their first Jubilee Tour in the Far East so there are plenty of opportunities to see some of Kate's great outfits.

Their first stop was in Singapore. Kate chose a lot of floral type dresses but as usual they were fitted and showed off her slim waist. She wore a lot of her favorite designers such as Jenny Packham and Alexander McQueen. As for her shoes, they were all pairs that we've seen before. The outfits were appropriate for those steamy days and evening and required minimum fuss.

These blue wedge shoes are so cute and feminine. I wouldn't pair them with white but they'll go with practically anything.

Malaysia

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Kate's amazing gold and white Alexander McQueen gown for the state dinner in Malaysia was awesome.Kate wears white during a mosque visit.  She wears a head covering and takes off her shoes while being shown around the mosque.Kate in Alice Temperley dress
Kate's amazing gold and white Alexander McQueen gown for the state dinner in Malaysia was awesome.
Kate's amazing gold and white Alexander McQueen gown for the state dinner in Malaysia was awesome.
Kate wears white during a mosque visit.  She wears a head covering and takes off her shoes while being shown around the mosque.
Kate wears white during a mosque visit. She wears a head covering and takes off her shoes while being shown around the mosque.
Kate in Alice Temperley dress
Kate in Alice Temperley dress

The next stop was Malaysia and she started the visit with a beautiful white and gold Alexander McQueen gown. I've never seen it before but it really showed off her figure to advantage.

In Kuala Lumpur, Kate wears a white Beula London look while visiting the city's largest mosque. She had to cover her head, make sure she doesn't wear any polish on her nail as well as her toe nails and she walked around without shoes inside the mosque. Prince Williams also had to take off his shoes.

It was while the couple were in Malaysia that the scandal regarding topless pictures of Kate surfaced. The couple put on a brave face and soldiered on. I felt sorry for Kate for the way she was being treated. I think it's weird that magazines want to publish pictures of her while she was enjoying a private vacation with William.

Time and time again, Duchess Catherine chooses classic accessories to complete her outfit. This gold envelope-style bag is a little bit larger than the bag she wore with her gold-and-cream dress but it will go with anything to any occasion.

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A new layered haircutMulberry DressIt's all pleats!
A new layered haircut
A new layered haircut
Mulberry Dress
Mulberry Dress
It's all pleats!
It's all pleats!

Tuesday, November 27: A New Haircut

The Duchess of Cambridge showed off a new haircut at the opening of the National History Museum's Treasures Gallery in London. The new cut layers her hair and frames her face. She's pretty to begin with so the new cut gives a frame to her face but it's not a drastic change in hairstyle.

She wore a green Mulberry dress that she wore a year ago at Buckingham Palace. I think it's too green for her coloring. The dress shows off her love of pleats. In fact the entire dress looks pleated.

It looks like Duchess Catherine is wearing serviceable black pumps that goes with anything. This Charles David black suedepump is a great shoe to have. Not only can you use it over and over again, it's also great on your budget and the heels are not so high that it will kill your feet.

Kate's Pregnant!

It's the first week of December and she's about 12 weeks in her pregnancy. We just found this out this past week because she ended up being hospitalized. The pregnancy was doing all sorts of things to her body. From how it was explained to us in the papers, it was a very severe illness that was more than morning sickness.

When she left the hospital after a few days she was wearing a classic and timeless outfit. More people should really copy this because it's so simple. It's an above-the-knee length coat paired with suede knee-high boots and accessorized with a simple scarf. Nothing fancy but everyone can look great in this kind of outfit and you only need three things; coat, boots and scarf. You don't need anything else.

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Ingenira 3 years ago

She looks good in whatever she wears !

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