50 of Kate Middleton's Most Iconic Looks

Kathleen Wong | Feb 20, 2018 Beauty & Style
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The Kate Effect. It's a powerful thing. Don't even try to deny it. The world is caught up in it, and there's no sight of it ending anytime soon. Everything that Kate Middleton steps out in sells out in the blink of an eye. In other words, the Duchess of Cambridge is a fashion icon, whether she likes it or not. We get it though, her style is timeless and elegant, never too flashy or overdone. The woman has impeccable taste.

Whether she's traveling the world with Prince William, strolling through a chilly and dreary London, or working the red carpet, Kate manages to always look flawless. Like with the late Princess Diana, Kate's style is preppy, chic, and totally sophisticated -- all the makings of a royal style icon. 

But best part is that it's still accessible enough to mere peasants like us. Although she wears crown jewels and has access to the top designers, she still wears affordable brands! A true princess to her people. 

Even before she was a princess, Kate had a great sense of style. We'd go so far as to say that she was born to be royalty. 

For those looking for some serious style inspiration, look no further than these 50 iconic looks by the one and only Kate Middleton. (Fine, maybe we can't afford all of the outfits -- cough, cough, those gorgeous gowns! -- but we sure do like to look at them.)

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  • Canadian Arrival

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    When visiting Quebec in Canada, Kate wears a stunning long-sleeve white dress and accessorizes with a bright red hat fittingly adorned with maple leaves. We can't forget about the sparkling maple leaf brooch either. 

  • Cable-Knit Chic

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    Could Kate look any chicer? That's going to be a no, thanks to this chic Alexander McQueen cream and blue dress.

  • Gorgeously Green

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    Kate knows how to work a red carpet. At the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Kate stuns audiences with this deep green off-the-shoulder Jenny Packham dress.

  • Sweet & Chic

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    At a charity event, Kate wears a pleated grey dress that's pretty much perfect for any kind of occasion. She pairs the dress with a black clutch.

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  • All Glam

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    Kate looks Hollywood glam while in London. Just look at those shoes and that thigh-high slit!

  • Terrifically Teal

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    At an event at the Royal Albert Hall in England, Kate steps out in an emerald green gown with the prettiest waist detailing. Can we also give a shout-out to those sleeves?!

  • Laced Up

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    A lace overlay has never looked so pretty! Kate walks through the Kuala Lupur airport in Malaysia in this lavender and white dress.

  • Mellow Yellow

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    White touring Asia, Kate is absolutely glowing in this modest yellow dress. It's the perfect shade for her.

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  • Lace Gown

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    At the London premiere of War Horse, Kate dazzles in this lace Temperley dress. Her red clutch and brooch stand out against the neutral lace gown.

  • Baby Blue

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    Kate should also get props for her maternity style. Here, a newly pregnant Kate attends a charity event in London in a baby blue dress with the perfect empire waist.

  • Sparkling Sequins

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    It's impossible to take our eyes off of Kate in this floor-length sparkling gown. It's made by one of her favorite designers, Jenny Packham. 

  • Premiere-Ready

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    Was this dress made for Kate? We think so! She pairs the nude-colored Roland Mouret gown with an eye-catching choker necklace. 

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  • Pretty in Pink

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    If only we looked that good stepping off of a plane! Kate looks beautiful in this light pink outfit by Alexander McQueen.

  • High Low

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    Kate proves just how stunning a high-low hemline can be in this baby blue Jenny Packham gown. It's the perfect dress choice for those gorgeous heels.

  • Back in Black

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    Kate walks through New York to attend a dinner in this black lace dress. LBD, anyone?

  • Lovely Lavendar

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    What pairs best with a lavender dress by Roksanda Ilincic dress? A nude belt and heels, duh.

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  • The Engagement Look

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    We bet Kate remembers this dress just as much if not more than we do. It's the navy blue wrap dress that she wore when she debuted her engagement to Prince William! We could say this day is when the Kate Effect was first birthed.

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    Or maybe she remembers the dress from the official engagement photos, in which she wore a cream dress from Reiss. 

  • Blushing Bride

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    Nothing will ever be more iconic than Kate's Sarah Burton wedding dress. The cut, the lace, the color. This is what wedding dreams are made of.

  • Sunkissed Kate

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    After her honeymoon, Kate meets the Obamas in a tan Reiss dress. The dress is pretty and all, but we can't get over how tan Kate herself looks! Glowing, literally. 

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  • The First Trooping the Color

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    Kate attends her first Trooping the Color in 2011 in this white Alexander McQueen coat and an elegant fascinator. She couldn't have picked a better outfit. 

  • Sweet Pink

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    Kate kills it in this all-pink outfit for the 2017 Trooping the Color. She gives us motivation to match our hat to our dress. 

  • Post-Prince George

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    Who could forget Kate's baby blue and white polka dot dress that she wears while holding newly born Prince George? 

  • With Princess Charlotte

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    Kate wears an equally pretty dress after giving birth to Princess Charlotte. This time, it's a bright yellow and white dress with florals. 

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  • The Perfect Gala Dress

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    Kate wears a green lace gown with a high neck while attending the National Portrait Gallery gala last year. It's from designer Alice Temperlay, one of Kate's favorites.

  • Gold Stars

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    In Malaysia, Kate wears a gold and white Alexander McQueen that's a real eye-catcher. It has a white sheer overlay that surrounds her chest, and the entire dress is decorated with gold stars. 

  • Sparkles & Sheer

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    Kate embodies elegance in this stunning shimmery gown while attending a gala dinner. Those sleeves!

  • Bold Red

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    Kate breaks her usual mold by wearing a bright red off-the-shoulder flowy dress at the Queen's Birthday Garden Party in Berlin, Germany. We're getting serious summer vibes from this look.

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  • Sunshine Yellow

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    Kate strolls the streets of Germany in this bright yellow dress. Seems like it would be hard to miss her in this dress!

  • All That Glitters

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    A pregnant Kate sparkles like no other in this Jenny Packham dress. Here, she's attending the Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium. 

  • Blue in Berlin

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    Kate visits Berlin in this bright blue skirted coat, which proves that she has a stunning coat collection. 

  • Golden Kate

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    At a black tie event in Stockholm, Sweden, Kate wears a high-neck gold gown that must have stolen the show. 

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  • In the Netherlands

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    Kate wears this periwinkle skirt and jacket combo while visiting the Netherlands. She pairs the outfit with nude heels. 

  • Cream-Colored Kate

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    Kate attends the world premiere of A Street Cat Called Bob and wears a white evening dress by the brand Self Portrait. From the lace bodice to the flowy skirt, she looks like a true princess. 

  • Maroon Five

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    Kate attends an event in Wales in this skirt and jacket combo, which she brilliantly layers with a black turtleneck. 

  • Ruby Vibes

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    Kate looks like legit ruby jewel in this gorgeous gown, especially with matching heels and earrings. She's attending the opening night of 42nd Street at the Theatre Royal in London. 

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  • Shimmering in Silver

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    Kate looks like an angel while visiting the British Embassy in Paris last year, thanks to this shimmering silver gown. 

  • Emerald Coat

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    Kate visits the president of France in this emerald coat, which has black detailing. She pairs the gorgeous coat with equally stunning green heels.

  • Pippa's Wedding

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    While Prince George and Princess Charlotte look adorable at Pippa Middleton's wedding last year, Kate steals the show in a champagne-colored ensemble -- and matching hat, of course. 

  • Zig-Zags

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    Kate hangs out with Prince Harry at the Service of Hope at Westminster Abbey while wearing a greyscale outfit. The coat has a zig-zag pattern that Kate typically doesn't rock.

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  • Royal Ascot Perfection

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    Kate wears an all-white lace ensemble, perfect for the first day of the Royal Ascot last year. She tops it off, literally, with a white fascinator. 

  • Polished in Poland

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    Kate and William visit Warsaw, Poland and Kate wears a tea-length Alexander McQueen frock. We're obsessed with the black leaf-shaped waist belt. 

  • Mod Kate

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    Kate attends the opening of The V&A Exhibition Road Quarter in London in this mod-looking dress with bright red detailing, which she pairs with a red clutch. So groovy, Kate!

  • July Florals

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    In July, Kate visits Poland in this floral Erdem dress that has a full skirt and boatneck neckline. Summertime perfection!

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  • Lady in Lilac

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    Kate wears a simple but chic lilac-colored dress that hits her knees. She pairs the summertime dress with nude heels. 

  • Red & White

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    Kate visits Canada in 2018 wearing this stunning white and red dress by Alexander McQueen and some bright red heels. 

  • Royal Blue

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    This outfit is oh-so Kate. Here she is in Canada, and wearing nude heels and a blue dress with the cutest collar and hat. 

  • White & Blue

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    Kate looks stunning in this white and blue dress with half-sleeves and a square neckline. They're subtle details but make her look oh-so elegant!

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  • Hostess Kate

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    Kate presents at the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2016 prize at the Natural History Museum in London and dons a Barbara Casasola jersey dress.

  • Shoulder-Bearing

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    Kate wears a blue gown that shows off her shoulders while attending the SportsAid's 40th Anniversary Dinner in 2016.


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