Kate Middleton has topped hundreds of best-dressed lists - here's our guide on how to get her look!
Wednesday 26 September 2012
When Kate Middleton walked down the aisle to marry Prince William, her choice of dress was one of the most hotly
anticipated fashion moments of the year, and since then the world has become mesmerised with her style.
Whether she's preparing for a speech in a smart Reiss dress or going for the casual look in jeans and a tee, the Duchess of Cambridge never gets it wrong.
Here are our top tips on how to get Kate's elegant look!
Opt for Classic Shapes
Kate is renowned for her tiny waist and lean frame. She makes the most of it by choosing outfits that cinch or gather around her mid-section, highlighting her one of her best features and creating the perfect hourglass silhouette (see above pic).
As a member of the Royal family, Kate’s style is required to be modest and classy, so deep necklines and short hemlines are definitely out if you want to emulate her look.
We love this dress from Miss Selfridge, £45
Whilst some of her outfits on the recent Diamond Jubilee tour have shown Kate dabbling in prints, she sticks mainly to block colours.
Kate’s approach to colour allows her to be more versatile with her wardrobe. She can repeatedly style outfits in different ways, allowing her to recycle key pieces - which she has been keen to do this year.
We love this dress from Topshop, £35
Find the Perfect Neutral Shoes
Everyone knows that a neutral shoe is one of the quickest and easiest ways to make your legs appear longer. Kate is often seen in her L.K. Bennett beige pumps for both formal and casual occasions.
Check these out from New Look at just £17.99
Choose Key Accessories
Kate often uses classic yet reliable accessories to complete her look. We’ve already mentioned her fondness for L.K. Bennett pumps, and her Stuart Weitzman wedges are another favourite of Kate’s.
Simple jewellery, classic carry-alls and pretty clutch bags are also on Kate’s list of key pieces alongside printed silk scarves and waist-defining belts.
Kate’s approach to accessorising is not so much about making a statement with the pieces, but instead choosing understated items which will help take your outfits to the next level.
We love this clutch bag from Accessorize, £30
Become a Master of the High-Low Mix
Kate is often seen mixing High Street and designer pieces, and it has been reported that she deliberately chose not to completely alter her style once she married Prince William. Rumour has it she didn’t want her Copy-Kate’s to spend a fortune imitating her.
A friend of Kate’s said: ‘She feels she has a responsibility to them. That’s one of the reasons why she buys so many of her clothes in chain stores such as Warehouse, Hobbs, Reiss and Zara.’
By mastering the high-low mix, you only need to invest in one or two high end pieces to team with your cheaper high street wardrobe, keeping your overall look fresh and interesting.
Try Wearing Metallics for Formals
For formal events, Kate has occasionally dabbled in metallic pieces, favouring gunmetal and silver dresses that make a dazzling contrast with her dark, glossy hair.
Metallics are a great investment for formal events and should feature in every woman’s wardrobe.
Check out this top from Asos, £25
Invest in a Classic Coat
Kate has been photographed in some amazing coats since joining the Royal Family last year including pieces by Diane Von Furstenberg and Katherine Hooker.
Take inspiration from Kate by opting for classic coats in black, grey, burgundy or red to make a statement. Avoid pieces which are going to look dated by next season.
Perfect your Casual Chic
Sales of coral skinny jeans soared across the country earlier this year, after Kate wore a pair to play field hockey in March. When she is wearing a more casual look, Kate often wears slim blazers with scarves, and skinny jeans teamed with espadrilles.
For your own Kate inspired casual look, try dark rinse blue jeans in either a straight of a skinny cut teamed with a pair of simple ballet flats. We love these, from Topshop, £30
Kate famously did her own makeup for her wedding day, and Bobbi Brown has revealed how to copy her look!
Kate did her own make up for her wedding to Prince William
Bobbi says: “To mimic Kate’s natural look, begin by filling in your brows with a shadow that matches your hair colour with a small brush.” Bobbi recommends her own brow kit, available for £35, to create brows that perfectly frame your face.
To get Kate’s neutral toned eyes, use a quick sweep of eyeliner: “Trace your inner lid, both upper and lower with a Long-Wear Eye Pencil.” Kate is also rumoured to be a fan of Beth Bender’s Get In Line Stencil Kit (£18).
For Kate’s glowing complexion, Bobbi says: “Nothing makes a woman look prettier than a pop of blush. It’s the quickest way to add a healthy glow to the face.”
“I suggest applying a Blush to the apples of your cheeks to achieve Kate’s natural look.”
To perfect her flawless look, the Duchess favours a classic natural lip colour.
“Finish the look with a sheer pink. Your look will be fit for a princess!”