16 of Kate Middleton's Most Iconic Looks

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She's only been a princess for six years, but Kate Middleton certainly has amassed an impressive stable of iconic looks in her short career as a royal. Actually, if we're being frank, we're pretty much at the point where everything she steps out in is immediately dubbed "iconic." And of course, it usually sells out within minutes. There's no mistaking the fact that the "Kate effect" is very real. 

The duchess has always been classic and timeless when it comes to her clothes (even before she was officially a royal), and so many of her looks have become, well, famous. And of course, everyone has tried to duplicate something about Kate at some point or another. (You know you've been inspired to add a little bounce to your blowout after watching Kate sashay down a red carpet with a shine and bounce that's almost perplexing.) When it comes to the style game, the duchess is definitely winning. 

Until very recently, Kate hasn't deviated much when it comes to style and color. Part of this is probably due to the fact that she knows what she likes, and part because she has a royal image to uphold. But one thing is certain: Kate will never look back at a photo of herself and think, "Ugh, I can't believe I wore that!" Not something most of us can say.

From her famous engagement dress to her most memorable gowns and more casual looks, here are 16 of Kate's most iconic looks. Make no mistake about it. This woman was born to be a princess. 

  • The Engagement Dress

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    Who could ever forget the navy blue wrap dress from Issa that Kate wore for her debut as a betrothed woman? The dress, not surprisingly, sold out within minutes. And so began her career as a style icon ...

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  • The Engagement PHOTO Dress


    For Kate and William's official engagement photos, Kate wore a cream dress from Reiss that, at the time, was over a year old. 

  • The Wedding Dress

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    The Sarah Burton–designed wedding dress. No words are needed. 

  • The Tan Dress ... With a Tan

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    The duchess looked flawless in a tan Reiss dress (with a post-honeymoon tan to match) when meeting Michelle Obama. 

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  • The Sequin Jenny Packham

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    The duchess was nothing short of breathtaking in the sequin Jenny Packham gown she wore in 2013. Flawless. 

  • Kate's First Trooping the Color

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    The Alexander McQueen coat Kate wore to the 2011 Trooping the Color was definitely one for the books. And a black fascinator!

  • Kate's Most Recent Trooping the Color

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    And of course, who could forget the pink number the duchess wore to this year's Trooping the Color?

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  • The Blue & White Polka Dot Dress

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    If there ever was an iconic image of the duke and duchess, it's this one of the couple outside the steps of St. Mary's hospital, a day after Prince George was born. That dress will forever be remembered. 

  • The Yellow Dress

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    And then there was the equally sweet yellow dress she wore after the birth of Princess Charlotte. Talk about a happy color. 

  • This Year's National Portrait Gallery Gala's Dress

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    Green is definitely one of Kate's best colors, but the pinnacle of her green style career definitely came at the 2017 National Portrait Gallery gala, when she stepped out in this stunning lace Alice Temperley dress. 

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  • Her 'War Horse' Dress

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    In 2012, Kate stole the show at the War Horse premiere in this incredible black lace gown. 

  • Sweater Weather

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    Even when Kate keeps things "casual," she still looks unbelievably polished. Everyone loved this Alexander McQueen sweater dress she wore shortly after getting married. Not an easy look to pull off. 

  • Another Alexander McQueen ...

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  • Sparkle for Days

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    All eyes were on Kate at a gala dinner in support of East Anglia's Children's Hospices. And it's easy to see why. Stunning.   

  • Lady in Red

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    Not normally one to wear such a bold color -- or cut -- Kate stunned at the Queen's Birthday Garden Party at the British Ambassador's Reception in Berlin, Germany recently. That's a dress you don't forget. 

  • Bright & Happy

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    Not many people look like this when they're making pretzels in Germany, but hey. Not many people are Kate. 

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