30 Pics That Prove Kate Middleton Has Amped Up Her Royal Wardrobe

Martha Sorren | Nov 18, 2019 Celebrities
30 Pics That Prove Kate Middleton Has Amped Up Her Royal Wardrobe
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With eight years of being a member of the royal family under her belt, our dear Kate Middleton has seen (and worn) it all. Over the years, the Duchess of Cambridge has sealed her position as one of the most fashionable royal women in history, but ever since Meghan Markle appeared on the scene, we've noticed that Kate Middleton has stepped things up a bit. The lovely Duchess of Sussex entered the royal world with all of her California A-lister airs and trendy ensembles, and some have said that Kate needed to amp things up in return. While we don't think there's actually any fashion competition going on between these two, there has been a noticeable change in Kate lately.

Now, we don't mean to say that Kate has completely abandoned her signature style. In fact, we think she's maintained her classic looks, just spiced them up a bit. The Duchess of Cambridge is the queen of wearing traditional coatdresses, elegant evening wear, and heels that no one but her can sport, but now, she's mixing in a few new pieces into her amazing wardrobe. The duchess is wearing more pants, more trendy styles, and even working in some completely new pieces. 

We aren't quite sure what inspired this wardrobe update -- for all we know, it really could have been caused by our other favorite duchess -- but whatever it was, we are loving it! Kate has never looked this comfortable in her own skin ... and her own clothes! So, not matter what inspired Kate's fashion frenzy, we just hope she keeps it up. And while we're waiting to see what she wears next, here are 30 outfits proving that the duchess is seriously stepping up her style game.

  • Amping Up Her Coats

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    Kate Middleton
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    Kate is famous for rewearing her coats three (or even four) times, but sometimes she steps out in a look that's completely fresh. The duchess definitely loves forest green ensembles more than anyone, but we are loving how she paired this coat with a lighter handbag. Mixing shades now, duchess?

  • A New Look for Ascot

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    Kate Middleton
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    Now where did this come from? In past years, Kate's Royal Ascot looks have always been supremely elegant, but maybe just a little bland. Not this year. This year, Kate showed us what she can really do with this baby blue number.

  • Getting Christmas-y

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    Kate Middleton
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    Kate has never been afraid to dress on-theme with whatever holiday is going on at the moment, but last year, she really stepped it up for Christmas. I mean ... a tartan maxi skirt? We never thought we would see the day, but we are so glad we did.

  • Donning a Cape

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    Kate Middleton Prince William
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    Not all heroes wear capes, but this duchess certainly does! Kate is a big fan of pastel outfits, and we have to say that this baby blue coat with a cape detail might just be one of our favorite Kate looks this year. This is going to be one that the duchess wears several times, for sure.

  • Sticking to What She Loves

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    Kate Middleton
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    See ... Kate can still stick to what she loves, all while wearing something different. The duchess has sported so many dark green ensembles over the years, but it looks like she's figured out how to keep this shade fresh.

  • Showing Up Meghan at Christmas

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    Meghan Markle Kate Middleton
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    OK, we love our duchesses equally, but even we have to admit that Kate's Christmas outfit in 2018 trumped Meghan's. In Meghan's defense, she was pregnant and probably wasn't in the mood to wear something flashy, but we just love Kate's monochromatic burgundy ensemble.

  • The Return of Corporate Kate

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    Kate Middleton
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    We love corporate Kate! The duchess has recently started wearing pants more often and leaving her famous dresses behind. And we have to say ... we absolutely can't get enough of it. Bring on those business pants and blazers, Kate!

  • Setting Sail

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    Kate Middleton
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    Our dear duchess has definitely worn a lot of nautical-inspired outfits over the years, but never has she fully committed to the look quite like this. The high-waisted pants? The striped sweater? And then she tops it off with a pop of red in her clutch. Perfection!

  • Breaking the Rules

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    Kate Middleton
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    Not only was Kate wearing a super flowy (and casual, if we might say) dress, the duchess was also sporting some illegal footwear here. The queen isn't a huge fan of wedges, but the duchess was really just going for it all with this outfit.

  • Flowing Goddess

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    Prince William Kate Middleton
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    OK -- now this just proves that Kate has been amping up her royal wardrobe. Where did this come from, Kate? The contrasting shades of blue and green are sheer perfection, and don't even get us started on the duchess's new fascination with flowy dresses.

  • Suited Up

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    Kate Middleton
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    So this is definitely reminiscent of a classic Kate Middleton look, but there's still just something about it that makes it seem fresh and new. Maybe it's just Kate herself giving off this new glow! We definitely wouldn't be surprised if that were the case.

  • Dressing Like a Garden

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    Kate Middleton
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    There's nothing we love more than Kate in florals. The duchess always looks like she should be surrounded by nature when she wears ensembles like this, and we really hope she decides to break this dress out again and again.

  • Not Shying Away From Yellow

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    Kate Middleton
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    Kate has never shied away from colors that are typically hard to pull off, and for this year's Trooping the Colour ceremony, the duchess went for a fresh yellow look. She certainly was the star of the show this year, if we do say so ourselves.

  • Updated Gowns

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    Kate Middleton
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    Evening wear is probably the hardest thing for Kate to put on the royal credit card, so she has a habit of rewearing formal dresses multiple times. But that doesn't mean the duchess can't break out a new one every once in a while. 

  • Keeping Up With the Times

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    Kate Middleton
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    Wide-leg pants are all the rage right now, and it looks like Kate isn't behind on what's trendy in 2019. She's been sporting a lot of non-skinny jeans lately, and it's just one more piece of evidence that this duchess is seriously amping up her style.

  • A Vintage Take

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    Kate Middleton
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    We all know Kate loves to wear vintage-inspired outfits and dresses, and some claim that this makes her wardrobe feel dated. We strongly disagree. Kate can wear vintage looks and still feel modern and fresh.

  • The Perfect Fall Outfit

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    Kate Middleton
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    Clearly Kate is the teacher on how to create the most perfect autumn outfit, and we're all of her students. Who would have ever thought that our Duchess of Cambridge would pair deep plum with moss green wide-leg pants?

  • A Wimbledon Look

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    Kate Middleton
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    Now this is a tennis outfit if we've ever seen one. Kate definitely followed the white to Wimbledon rule, and who knew following the rules could look so stylish? We love our dear duchess Meghan Markle, but maybe she should be taking some notes!

  • First Day of School Ensemble

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    Kate Middleton
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    Everyone has to look their best on the first day of school, right? This was the look that sparked those pesky pregnancy rumors, because the duchess stepped out in a new flowy dress and a new lighter hair color. Pregnant or not, Kate looked absolutely stunning.

  • Shorts!

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    Kate Middleton
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    OK, OK, OK ... we know Kate is amping up her wardrobe when she starts wearing SHORTS. This was the first time she wore shorts in public since she joined the royal family eight years ago, and now that the ice is broken, we don't think this will be the last time.

  • Pop of Purple

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    Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge opens The Nook Children Hospice
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    Kate has worn this bright purple dress a couple of times this year, and it just makes such a splash each time. Purple isn't a color that the Duchess often reaches for -- especially in such a vivid hue. But the unexpected look is so stunning on her.

  • Bold Pants

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    The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Attend Shout's Crisis Volunteer Celebration Event
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    Since black and blue pants go with everything, those are Kate's go-tos. But she mixed things up for a volunteer event with some maroon colored slacks. She played the rest of the look fairly safe color-palette wise, which really allowed the pants to shine.

  • New Neckline

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    The Duchess of Cambridge Visits Hampton Court Flower Festival
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    Kate usually wears extremely modest outfits, but she went with a deeper neckline on this breezy dress. Don't get us wrong, it's still tasteful, but it's fun to see Kate experimenting with her options a bit. Not every dress needs a collar up to her neck.

  • '70s Chic

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    The Duchess Of Cambridge Visits The Henry Fawcett Children's Centre
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    Bow front blouses have made a comeback, and Kate embraced the trend in a bold orchid color, no less. She paired the breezy top with some equally breezy pants, giving the whole thing a put-together but also casual vibe.

  • If The Shoe Fits ...

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    The Duchess of Cambridge Attends Addiction Awareness Week Gala Dinner
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    Not only is this off-the-shoulder gown a pretty daring move from Kate, but she went bold with her shoe choice, too. Kate is basically wearing the white diamond version of Dorothy's ruby slippers, and they're stunning. She's also a real modern day Cinderella with these shoes.

  • Textured Pants

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    The Duchess Of Cambridge Visits Sayers Croft Forest School
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    Kate's pants in this outfit have some fun detailing on them. The motorcycle pant style pleating on the knees of the pants is trending right now. It helps give the outfit some texture without overwhelming the whole look.

  • Summer Dress

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    Kate Middleton with daughter Charlotte
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    Kate has never met a coatdress she didn't like, but she changed it up with a loose summer dress to watch polo. Good thing she did, because she spent most of the match running after Prince George and Princess Charlotte. 

    We can relate, Kate.

  • Ombré Outfit

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    For a trip to Pakistan, Kate wore this gorgeous blue ombré gown. It looks like it was a really comfortable choice for the long plane ride -- which her usual stiff, coatdresses are probably not. Plus, the color choice was out of this world.

  • Cozy Turtleneck

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    The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Visit North Wales
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    The all-black ensemble paired with the bright red jacket is a classic choice, and it's always fun to see Kate switch things up with separates like this turtleneck and what even appears to be leggings! Paired with chic boots, this is a fall/winter look that will never go out of style.

  • Stylish Hat

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    The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Visit Sweden And Norway

    Usually when Kate wears something on her head, it's a fascinator or a headband of some type. But for a cozy day in Sweden, she went with a full-coverage hat that had a cute little pom-pom on top. It kept her warm and stylish. 

    Winter hat goals, TBH. 

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