40 of Kate Middleton's Most Daring Looks

Meredith Gordon | May 18, 2018 Celebrities
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When Kate Middleton and Prince William first stepped out to announce they would wed, the whole world spied Kate's engagement ring (which was previously Princess Diana's) and took in her coordinating, gorgeous, royal blue Issa wrap dress. From that moment on, it was clear to all royal watchers that Wills' future wife was a style icon in the making. Years later, Kate still turns heads with her style choices, which are usually prim and proper but sometimes get a little more daring.

No one would argue that Kate Middleton always dresses appropriately for all of her duties as the Duchess of Cambridge. But the Duchess of Cambridge is also considered a bona fide style icon. And she's earned that label by combining classic looks with adventurous prints or stepping out in memorable, chic, and notably casual ensembles.  

From her three, history-making, post-birth appearances on the steps of the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital in London to her royal travels around the globe, red carpet events, and moments when she was devoting her time to charitable causes, Kate has managed to find the absolute perfect outfit. 

The Duchess' looks often make headlines, thanks to the fact that they're modern and perfect for a princess. Here, 40 favorite, fashion-forward looks Kate has absolutely knocked out of the park.

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  • Plunging Neckline 

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    Kate looked beautiful in this stunning emerald gown at the British Academy Film Awards. We can't help but be a little surprised by that low-cut neckline! 

  • Blue Lace 

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    Even while pregnant, Kate was not afraid to rock some lace. Get it mama! 

  • Sheer & Embellished 

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    While attending the Royal Variety Performance at the Palladium Theatre, Kate wore a decked out blue gown with lots of gems and sequins. It showed some skin through a sheer overlay. 

  • Green & Gold 

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    The duchess attended the Portrait Gala in London in 2017 in this green lace gown. The combination of the emerald and the gold looks so good together. She's a true fashionista. 

  • Silver Shine 

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    Kate arrived for a dinner hosted by the Ambassador to France, in this silvery gown. She's glowing! 

  • Athleisure Suit

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    Even the duchess likes to be comfortable sometimes. While visiting the Lawn Tennis Association, she was seen in a tracksuit and Nike shoes.

  • Flower Power 

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    Kate wore this fun floral ensemble while at the European Solidarity Movement Museum in Gdansk where she and Will laid down flowers at site. So her outfit actually makes perfect sense! 

  • High Slit 

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    While at the world premiere of "A Street Cat Named Bob," Kate wore this daring number with a slit skirt. She looks so stunning! 

  • Velvety 

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    At a reception in Sweden, Kate went for a textured look in this royal blue velvet dress. This unique choice is so pretty. 

  • Buttoned Up With Lace 

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    Kate seems to love a lot of lace. This light blue dress has a lace overlay, which is a style we've seen her in a few times. It also has some buttons and a tie around the neck, giving it an extra pizzazz.

  • Rainy Days 

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    Although this silhouette is very appropriate for a duchess, we love how Kate isn't afraid to try a fun allover print! This vibrant green dress really brightens things up on a rainy day.

  • Layered Skirt 

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    This cute dress is a little on the short side for a royal, but of course Kate looks flawless. We love the layered look and the vibrant print. Her shoes and bag also coordinate perfectly, of course. 

  • Printed Pants 

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    While heading to a boat ride, Kate wore this cute, casual look. We would love a pair of those black and white printed pants! They're just a little bit wild.

  • Dark Denim 

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    Kate is almost always wearing heels, so seeing her jeans seems like the most daring look of all! While visiting Portsmouth to see the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series, Kate wore jeans, a polo shirt, and sneakers with colored laces. 

  • Cold Shoulder 

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    Kate's dress has shoulder cutouts and a v-cut neckline. It's trendy and still very chic. 

  • Reflective 

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    While in Bhutan, Kate wore this colorful gown in a not-so-typical print. It has a shine and vibrance, and she looks so great! 


  • All Black Everything 

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    Kate looked elegant in black for a private dinner in New York. The all-over lace details made this dress a little more sassy that usual. 

  • Back Details 

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    Back in 2012, Kate wore this gorgeous blue dress. The lace back details are a little revealing, but still classy and sophisticated, as always. 

  • Off-the-Shoulder 

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    While walking the red carpet for the 70th EE British Academy Film Awards, Kate wore this striking gown. The print and off-the-shoulder style are so fun and daring, but still elegant. 

  • Seeing a Pattern

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    Catherine got rave reviews for her flowered Erdem dress, a rare splash of color for the duchess.

  • Sheer Brilliance

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    Jaws dropped when Kate wore this sheer, backless gown. What did the Queen say?

  • Perfect Plum

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    Kate turned heads in this lace plum dress that showed a little leg. She looks gorgeous!

  • For the Dogs

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    Kate dazzled in this dalmatian-print coat.  

  • Sweater Dress

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    A sweater dress may not seem edgy to some, but to a princess, wearing anything this comfortable is living on the edge!

  • Hoodie Weather 

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    Kate's casual look is totally cool! She makes a simple hoodie look stylish. 

  • Showing Some Skin

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    Kate has worn this Jenny Packham dress more than once. Why not? It's gorgeous, and shows just enough skin to keep things interesting.

  • Red-Hot

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    Kate shows off her enviable figure in this attention-getting red dress. Show stopper, right?

  • Back in Black

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    Kate ditches a more conservative look for this textured dress with flowing hair. We love this look!

  • Leg Up

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    Either the Queen was out of town or not paying attention, because this leggy dress is far more edgy than Catherine usually wears.

  • Short Skirt

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    In her short blue dress, Kate's showing off just a little!

  • Good Sport

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    Rumor has it the Queen hates wedges and is in favor of a more conservative kitten heel. Clearly Kate doesn't care. What a renegade!

  • Bright Coral

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    Kate's not shy about going bright while wearing this coral-colored dress in Croatia.

  • Take a Peek

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    Kate's version of business casual is this leggy dress with a sassy slit. 

  • Seeing Purple

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    While on a tour of New Zealand and Australia, Kate showed asymmetric style with this purple belted dress.

  • Starting Line

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    While the royals are known for subdued fashion, Kate keeps it bright with this blue-and-white dress.

  • Puffer Jacket 

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    This red puffer coat and otherwise chic all-black look, which Kate wore to the Aston Villa Football Club, is as classy as it is casual. (And maybe the closest thing to yoga pants we'll ever see on Kate in public!)

  • Bright Red Ruffle 

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    For the Queen's birthday garden party, Kate pulled off this sizzling red, off-the-shoulder dress. 

  • Strappy

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    The shiny belt and strappy shoes add a little je ne sais quoi to this regal, whimsical look.

  • Low V

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    We can't help but notice that this shimmery white A-line dress has a beautiful low V-cut neck. 

  • Show-Stopping in Burgundy

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    Slightly sheer and paired with dramatic earrings, this burgundy dress is one part retro and another part ridiculously gorgeous!

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