30 Times Kate Looked More Like a Commoner Than a Royal

30 Times Kate Looked More Like a Commoner Than a Royal
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When someone is a part of the royal family, it takes a lot of charisma, class, and let's not forget ... a rock-star wardrobe, to pull it off. More often than not, we can find Kate Middleton stepping out for some fancy red carpet event in an unbelievable gown, or she's sporting one of her famous (and usually expensive) coatdresses. Yes, the Duchess of Cambridge sure does have a flair for being the best-dressed in the room, but every once in a while, this royal lady wears something that, well, any of us could rock. The Duchess of Cambridge isn't usually one to go too extravagant with her wardrobe, but it's still a treat to see her look like a mere commoner like the rest of us.

Now, some might think that it's downright impossible for Kate to look like just another face in the crowd, but we think most people underestimate her ability to really just blend in like a regular person. Let's remember that when we forget her royal title, her prince husband, and her designer wardrobe, Kate really is like the rest of us. She's a hard-working mom of three who knows the benefits of a functional, yet stylish wardrobe. She honestly could teach us a few things. 

So, to the nonbelievers who think Kate could never, ever look like us common folk, we say: Pay more attention. Kate Middleton is always stepping out in more casual outfits that honestly look like something we could afford -- even thought we probably still can't. To prove that Kate is definitely capable of looking what we would call "normal," here are 20 times the duchess looked more commoner than royal.

  • Ready for Anything

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    Kate looks like she could tackle just about anything in this outfit. If she were just any common lady on the street, we'd be guessing that she was running errands for her family or picking the kids up at school (all things Kate probably does).

  • Her Classic Outdoorsy Outfit

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    Kate always seems to break out an army green outfit when she attends an engagement that involves a little outdoor time. Just like any woman, she has a few go-to outfits that she can always rely on. Is Kate just like us? We like to think so.

  • Serving Up Looks

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    Seriously ... does Kate look like a duchess right here?? No. She looks like just your average fit lady serving up some amazing field hockey. We think we know Kate well enough to say that she probably prefers engagements like this.

  • Classic Mom Outfit

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    Sure, Kate was attending an official royal engagement here, but honestly ... doesn't it look like the duchess was just cheering on one of her kids at their soccer (er, football) matches? We think Kate would make one heck of a soccer mom.

  • Really Fitting In

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    Not only was Kate wearing the traditional garb of Pakistan, but she was also having no issue taking part in a local cricket match. We just love how this duchess acknowledges and respects every culture she and Prince William encounter.

  • All Bundled Up

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    Even a duchess isn't immune to the gusty winds of England. Kate bundled up for her and Prince William's royal engagement to a chilly beach, and the duchess went for a no-frills outfit like she usually does for this type of outing.

  • Chasing the Kiddos

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    A duchess can't help but look like a commoner when she's chasing down the royal kiddos. Sometimes Kate likes to remind us that she has to deal with all of the lovely parenting things that everyone else has to deal with too.

  • Kate in the Jungle

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    Forget the ballgowns and tiaras, this is Kate's best look. Sure, she can rock a designer dress on the red carpet like the best of them, but there's something very special about the duchess going fully casual in a perfectly on-theme outfit.

  • One With the People

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    One of Kate's many talents is being able to fit in completely with wherever she and Prince William happen to be visiting. This duchess doesn't need to stand out at all, and she never makes people feel like they are below her. The power of Kate!

  • Mom Duty to the Max

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    OK ... now does this look like a picture of a royal prince and a future queen? Not at all. If we didn't know any better, we'd say that Kate was just any mom taking her kiddo for an outdoor activity with dad.

  • Another Trusty Outfit

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    See what we mean? Kate always has this trusty look that she goes for whenever she has to attend a royal engagement that's mostly outdoors. What can we say? She has a specific nature look that she likes to go for!

  • Hitting the Court

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    Royal duchess or volleyball coach? We certainly wouldn't be able to tell the difference. One of the things we absolutely love about Kate is that she's never afraid to take to the court or field to play some sports even when she's on the clock.

  • An Everyday Sundress

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    We're sure this adorable yellow sundress had a hefty price tag, but honestly, it doesn't look like it would break the bank all that much. Kate is so good at keeping her wardrobe's flashiness to a minimum for most engagements. 

  • Hanging With the Kids

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    When hanging out with the kiddos, it's important to keep things low-key, right? Here, Kate looks like she could be your average school teacher or chaperone. But no ... she's the Duchess of Cambridge there to pay these school children a royal visit. Lucky them, right?

  • Aiming for the Goal

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    Just another example of how Kate seems to look for engagements that allow her to show off her athletic abilities. This duchess had no problem bundling up (even to the point of gloves and a fuzzy hat) so she could show the world that she was truly meant to be a hockey player.

  • Army Green Again

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    We really shouldn't be surprised that Kate broke out another super casual army green outfit again for her first engagement back after maternity leave. The duchess has a look she loves, and it makes her look positively common (in the best way).

  • Hitting the Seas

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    Yes ... that is a duchess ... wearing a life jacket. Look, we're all about safety first, and we honestly can't get over the fact that a member of the royal family was willing to set sail and sport a life jacket while on official duty. Only Kate!

  • Ready For the Sand & Sun

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    Ready to hit the beach there, Kate? We can imagine that Queen Elizabeth wasn't too pleased with this outfit when the pictures reached her, but well, what was she going to do about it? Kate had an island state of mind, clearly.

  • The Famous Shorts

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    Yes ... you are seeing this correctly. That's the Duchess of Cambridge wearing shorts. Yes -- SHORTS! Never has Kate worn shorts during her time as a member of the royal family, and we're hoping that this certainly wasn't the last time.

  • Crowd-Pleaser

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    No matter where she is or what she's wearing, Kate always seems to just fit right in with the people she goes to visit. Seriously, she might be the most down-to-earth duchess we've ever seen in the history of the royal family.

  • No Fuss, No Muss 

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    As the hands-on mom of a toddler who probably moves around like an octopus, plus another two school-age kids, Kate's not about to wear couture to an outdoor event. It's all grab-and-go sundresses that are perfect for lounging on the polo center lawn or running around after kids. 

    Can't blame her!

  • Relax, It's Just Work

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    Bye, pantyhose and pumps! These gaucho pants give Kate a laid-back vibe that screams California breezy -- but just dressy enough for a casual work thing, like visiting her display at a flower show. Could sis-in-law and SoCal girl Meghan Markle be influencing her style? 

    We say yes!

  • Ready for Brunch

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    Kate exudes an easy confidence that is inspiring, and it’s always especially on display when she slips out of her buttoned-up coat dresses and into flowy, feminine numbers like this one. Honestly, Kate Middleton looks like she’s about to meet her girls on a Saturday afternoon.

  • The ABCs of 'Momwear'

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    Chic and comfortable is so often the name of the game for Kate. If we didn't know better, we'd think that with her pretty, wrinkle-resistant dress, espadrille wedges, and hair tucked behind her ears, she's headed out to parent-teacher conference night at George and Charlotte’s school. 

  • May I Borrow This?

    kate middleton red blazer
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    Every once in a while, the McQueen queen looks like she snuck into our closet to pull together an outfit from our best basics. (Kate comes across as that normal.) Cute blazer? Check. Black leggings? Check. Black turtleneck? Check. 

    Put on some fall fashion boots, and she’s good to go.

  • Hello, Hat Day!

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    Most of us don't spend a Sunday sailing in a regatta with the wind blowing through our golden locks, but we do know the struggle of rebel hair that needs help staying put. Sometimes, there’s nothing to do but twist a scrunchie around it and throw on the nearest baseball cap. 

    We feel ya, Kate! 

  • Working Royal ... or Career Girl?

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    OK, double-take. Kate may be a working royal, but that doesn't always entail a tiara and ballgown. Here she looks like she’s just wrapped up a meeting with a client and is headed out for dinner with bae. Photoshop a yellow cab into this picture, and she could be one of Manhattan's stylish career girls. 

  • All Play & Some Work

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    Kate always seems at her happiest when she's at sports events. As the fittest royal by far, Kate usually throws on a pair of black workout pants and immediately participates in whatever game is being played, looking like she's genuinely having fun. 

    Talk about #fitnessgoals.

  • Into the Woods

    Kate Middleton khaki jacket
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    Every once in a while, Kate steps out of her classically English outdoors look, dominated by muted dark greens and browns, and it's always a revelation. When touring Canada, she rocked a khaki jacket that, like her, is somehow anything but stiff.  

  • Giddy Up!

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    Kate always seems game for anything. But then again, when ya have a figure that can pull off painted-on jeans, and cowboy hats look that good, why not rock it? Queen Victoria, who wore black for life after her hubby passed, would probably keel over if she saw what royal work is like nowadays. The rest of us kinda want Kate's job -- or at least the part where she goes line dancing.


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