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

Madison Breaux | Oct 9, 2019 Celebrities
20 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 folding 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 20 outfits proving that the duchess is seriously stepping up her style game.

  • Amping Up Her Coats

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    Kate is famous for re-wearing 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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    Evening wear is probably the hardest thing for Kate to put on the royal credit card, so she has a habit of re-wearing 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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.

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