19 Times Kate Middleton Dressed Way Beyond Her Years

Meredith Gordon | Dec 17, 2015 Celebrities

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Kate Middleton has become one of the world's style icons. Let's face it, the mother of three would never be caught dead in mom jeans or boxy shorts! But occasionally, Kate Middleton scores a fashion fail when she dresses too old for her age for a formal event. Kate proves that she's not perfect when she's too worried about pleasing the Queen and dresses like she's a granny. And it's sort of crazy how often she tries to dress like one! Don't believe us? Between her many fashion successes, take a look at the the unforgettable times when Kate proved that "grandma-chic" wasn't a thing.

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Look, we're not here to throw shade. Kate is a beautiful woman, a kind mother, and most of the time, she dresses elegantly. We usually would be writing about how amazing the royal wife looks as she goes about her royal duties. But it must be said, sometimes Kate has gotten it really wrong. Mostly when she tries to wear clothes that are too matronly and make her look dowdy. Come on, Kate! We know there is more than a gray shift dress in the royal closet. Surprise us! 

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Take a look at some of Kate's biggest fashion fails. We hate to say this about our favorite royal, but not every outfit can be a winner -- these certainly aren't.

Either way, of course, we still love Kate no matter what she's got on.

  • WHY SO SERIOUS?

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    Kate replaced her youthful attire for a more somber look. 

  • LEAST FAVORITE

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    Probably our least favorite all time look of Kate's, this dress makes Kate look frumpy. And she's not!

  • BUTTONED UP

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    Kate always cleans up, but this dress does age her up.

  • HOOP DREAMS

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    Kate seems a bit overdressed for a basketball game in this heavy coat.  

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  • IN DEVELOPMENT

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    While visiting a child development center, Kate keeps it conservative. But that doesn't mean she has to dress like she's her mother's age, right?

  • SHOW OFF

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    Though Kate's coat is beautiful, it hides her enviable figure. If you've got it, flaunt it!

  • FLOWER CHILD

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    Love this floral Erdem gown or hate it. Either way, it doesn't exactly bring out the youth in Kate. And let's face it, the bangs don't help either. Not a fan!

  • GREEN MACHINE

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    There's no question Kate's green coat is gorgeous, but it doesn't exactly make her look like a spring chicken.

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  • BABY ON BOARD

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    Finding maternity clothes is tough, even for a royal. But regardless, we're not crazy about this dowdy pattern.

  • COAT CHECK

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    Kate looks lovely, but this outfit is not as youthful as some of her other more tailored looks.

  • AGE APPROPRIATE

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    In her large black hat, Kate looks like she's at least 10 years older.

  • FANCY DRESS

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    Kate wore this dress to honor her hosts in Malaysia, though even they might say it kind of makes her look old.

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  • JEWEL OF THE CROWN

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    Kate's look is fine ... were she 10 years older. 

  • QUEEN FOR A DAY

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    For the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Celebration, Kate definitely wasn't taking any fashion risks.

  • TOUCH OF GRAY

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    Perhaps she borrowed this little number from the Queen?

  • GINGHAM NIGHTMARE

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    This dress isn't doing Kate any favors ...

  • GRANDMA KATE?

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    This is a very proper outfit ... for a 70-year-old woman.

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  • ON LOAN?

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    Mum Carole would probably love to borrow this dress, unless of course it's actually hers to begin with.

  • RUNNING FOR OFFICE

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    Kate looks more like a politician than a 30-something mom of two.

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