20 of Kate Middleton's Best Coatdresses

Madison Breaux | Mar 22, 2019 Celebrities
20 of Kate Middleton's Best Coatdresses
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For anyone in the public eye, it's easy to become known for a signature style or look. When Meghan Markle first appeared on the royal scene, her fashion "thing" was the boat-neck dress. For a few months, almost everything the Duchess of Sussex wore included the vintage-inspired bateau neckline. But before there Meghan had her neckline glory, there was Kate Middleton and her famous coatdresses. Now never fear, because the Duchess of Cambridge's coatdress style is still alive in her royal wardrobe today. Ever since she officially joined the royal family and became a duchess, Kate has been rocking these coat/dress combos with so much ease and style. We're truly amazed.

Of course, when it comes to fashion, things come and go out of style all the time, but Kate has managed to keep coatdresses at the height of chicness for nearly eight years. Yes, in true Duchess of Cambridge style, she's re-worn a few over the years, but she always makes them look as fresh as the day she bought them. 

Love the style or hate the style, we have to admit that Kate realized something long before any of us did -- winter coats are nothing but a hassle. This duchess has some of the best coats we've ever seen hanging in her closet, but what she really loves wearing during those chillier months is her go-to coat/dress combo. It's only a matter of time before Meghan starts following suit. 

The duchess has had a lot of signature looks over her time as a royal, but none have stuck around quite like the coatdress. And so, it keep the style going even longer, let's take a look back at 20 of her best coatdress outfits yet.

  • Caped in Blue

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    Just like her sister-in-law Meghan Markle, Kate is a huge fan of cape dress ... or a cape coatdress in this case. But, we have to say, Kate was rocking this style long before Meghan appeared on the scene, so we're think all credit goes to the Duchess of Cambridge here.

  • Fit for St. Patrick

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    No pinches for the Duchess of Cambridge on St. Patrick's Day! Kate never fails to rock an unbelievable dark green ensemble for the beloved holiday, and because it's always still a little chilly on March 17, the duchess usually opts for her signature coatdress.

  • So Mod

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    We think Kate was channeling a little Brigitte Bardot with this houndstooth coatdress. Kate has been known to rock a vintage look or two, and she has this uncanny ability to make everything look completely timeless.

  • Steel Gray

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    Gray might not be the most lively of colors, but somehow Kate manages to make an all-steel ensemble pop. Plus, when Kate does a pattern, she does it so well. 

    It's not always only solid colors for this duchess!

  • Dark Green Again

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    We don't know why Kate loves these deep shades of green so much, but we hope she keeps them coming! She loves to break out this color near St. Patrick's Day, but we think it could be something that works all year.

  • Sweet Blues

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    Kate has the blues in this outfit ... but definitely not the bad kind. This duchess looks good in just about every color of the rainbow, but the light pastels is where she really shines. There's no denying that glow!

  • A More Subdued Look

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    Some of Kate's coatdresses can be on the more pastel or brighter side (maybe to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth's love of color), but this one is a much more natural look. Maybe she was trying to blend in with all the grass around her!

  • Lovely Cream

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    It's just a matter of time before little Princess Charlotte starts wearing some coatdresses of her own. Maybe Mommy Kate will let her borrow this beautiful cream-colored one. There's no better mother to share a closet with than Kate!

  • Matching Duo

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    Yes, Kate and Will look perfectly coordinated, but all eyes are on the duchess and her elegant coatdress. Not too many people could pull off a super long coatdress like this, but Kate hasn't shied away from anything.

  • The Green Strikes Back

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    OK -- this time the green really was for St. Patrick's Day, but we're thinking that some of Kate's best and most classic coatdresses have come in this color. 

    Maybe Kate was really meant to be Irish ... who knows?!

  • Classic Chanel

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    Now we know Kate isn't one to wear Chanel often or at all, but this tweed coatdress looks like it may have been inspired by the legendary fashion house. Whatever it is, our duchess looks straight out of the 1960s in the best way possible.

  • Easter Best

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    Kate even breaks out the coatdresses for holidays! A pastel blue is the perfect choice for Easter, if you ask us. We also love how this one is a little bit more fitted than Kate's usual A-line cut. Bravo!

  • A Classic Look

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    Coatdresses are the perfect outfit choice for when the duchess is expecting. They are comfy, warm, and easy to wear. Not to mention, they show off just the right amount of baby bump. It truly is a classic duchess look!

  • A Flattering Brown

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    Now, brown isn't usually what we would all consider a super flattering color on everyone, but Kate seems to have found a shade that is light enough to work with any outfit. Or at least, with a coatdress outfit.

  • Christmas Reds

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    Kate really brought her ultimate A-game for last year's Christmas Day walk (as she always does). The duchess was definitely in the holiday spirit this year with this holly berry-red coatdress and matching fascinator.

  • Another Irish Look

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    Is there even such a thing as too many deep green coatdresses? Probably not. We know Kate has re-worn some of these, but she keeps them looking fresh every single time she pulls them out of that amazing closet of hers. 

  • Deep Blue

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    While this coatdress isn't quite the same shade as royal blue, we think it's close enough to count. Also, we're suckers for when Kate perfectly matches her headwear to her coatdress. It truly is the classic Kate Middleton look!

  • Pretty in Plaid

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    There really is nothing more British-looking than Kate wearing a dark plaid coatdress in the middle of London. And we thought she couldn't get more posh ... 

    The only thing she needs to add is a fascinator and then maybe even the queen couldn't top her!

  • Royal Blue

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    Now this one is a true royal blue! This coatdress is slightly less structured than some of Kate's favorites but it's still just fitted enough to pass as the perfect combo clothing item. Plus ... can we please appreciate how soft and comfy it looks?

  • Baby Pink

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    Kate's go-to "baby on board" look is a simple and elegant coatdress. The duchess's favorite fashion staple makes choosing an outfit easy, and when mom brain starts kicking in, we're sure that exactly the kind of thing she needs.

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