20 of Kate Middleton's Trendiest Looks

20 of Kate Middleton's Trendiest Looks
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For the most part, Kate Middleton keeps it pretty neutral when it comes to fashion. Sure, the Duchess of Cambridge has incredible style, but the future queen isn't exactly known for taking fashion risks. She knows what works and what she likes and she sticks with it. Knee-length dresses? Check. Neutral-toned pumps? Check. A matching coat for every dress she owns? Check. 

But once in a while, the duchess throws caution to the wind and wears something trendy. 

Some may say that Meghan Markle has influenced Kate's style -- and she may have! -- but the truth is Kate has been occasionally dipping her toe into the trendy pond long before Meghan joined the royal family. She'll always have her beloved go-to dresses and knee-length coats, but sometimes a woman just needs to mix it up. 

As a mom of three -- and as an incredibly busy woman -- Kate doesn't have much time for fussy clothes, so it makes sense that she's cultivated somewhat of a uniform, so to speak. But we are so here for when the duchess throws us a curveball with her choice of attire. Sure, we love Kate's regular style, but it's refreshing to see her changing things up on occasion. 

Think the duchess is always dressed in classic, timeless pieces? Think again. Here are 20 times Kate Middleton went trendy.  

  • Animal Print 

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    While the style of this coat is very Kate, the animal print is not. Usually she sticks to more solid pieces.

  • Bangin'

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    Who cares about the outfit? Those bangs are trendy! Of course, they do give off kind of a mom hair vibe ...

  • 'Dynasty' Vibes

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    Chic Kate looks like she could be in Dynasty here. Love it. Do they even know what Dynasty is in Britain. Nah. Probably not.

  • Boho Chic 

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    Love Kate's boho chic look here. Her hair reminds us a lot of one of Meghan Markle's signature messy up-dos.

  • Navy Baby 

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    We demand Kate to recycle this outfit -- it's incredible and so not her usual style! Meghan would totally want to borrow this one.

  • Gotta Wear Shades 

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    Look at how cool Kate looks in a pair of shades and a beachy dress. We love the relaxed duchess vibe.

  • Sheer Perfection 

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    Kate definitely needs to wear dresses like this more often. It's incredible! And the mint green goes perfectly with her flawless complexion.

  • Lady in Red

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    One word for this dress: Yasss. Seriously -- Kate ought to wear red more often. She always manages to turn heads when she does.

  • Hot Mama!

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    Love these cool geometric cut-outs. For some reason, she reminds us of Princess Diana, here. Aww ...

  • White Hot

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    Formfitting and off-the-shoulder. Not Kate's usual go-to. But nice of her to show a little skin for a change.

  • Duchess of Sass

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    Look at this cool, trendy lady strutting her stuff. Who is she? And the red pumps? Gorgeous. Does Rent the Runway offer this frock? 

  • Legs for Days

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    Hey, Meghan Markle isn't the only one who can show a little leg. Kate is a master of the Angelina Jolie thing.

  • Cold Shoulder 

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    If there's one dress Kate should wear for the rest of her life, it's this. But something tells us it probably won't make a repeat appearance.

  • Pattern Play 

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    Sometimes Kate just needs a little flower power in her life. This look is so perfect for spring.

  • Dangly Red Earrings 

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    Kate doesn't usually wear earrings like this, so when she does, we notice. They really seem to suit her too.

  • Power Color 

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    Red may be Kate's power color. She has kind of a 70s glam thing going on here. And based on that grin on William's face, he certainly approves.

  • Strap Happy 

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    Look at those strappy stilettos on the duchess. Let's just hope Wills gave her a foot massage later that evening. Her dogs must have been barking.

  • Boot-y Call 

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    Where are your pumps, Kate? Oh who cares? Those boots are fabulous, and they actually look pretty comfortable too.

  • Part Trendy

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    Part duchess, part Elsa. Disney meets British royalty. Hey -- this could be a trend all on its own. We're digging it for sure.

  • That Yellow Dress

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    She got some flack for wearing it, but it's definitely the trendiest dress Kate's ever worn. However, she doesn't look like she feels her best in it.

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