How I’d Style It: Kate Middleton

I feel as though I’m missing a gene – the love of Kate Middleton’s style gene. I simply cannot fathom how she has managed to secure the top spot in so many ‘Best Dressed’ lists. She dresses like someone 10 years her senior and when she does wear a stylish dress, the allure is always ruined by her accessories. It has been said before on this blog and it will be said again – nude shoes are awful at the best of times, and when patent (like Kate’s LK Bennett Sledges) are possibly the most unflattering shoe there is. They do not go with everything, so dearest Duchess, please stop pairing them with everything. I know this is a contentious issue and there are many people who disagree, but there are also many who, like me, find it infuriating that Kate pips true style queens like Miranda Kerr and Diane Kruger to the top spot in style ranks. It is obviously not the Duchess of Cambridge’s role to be a trend-setting fashion icon, but she is a very prominent figure in the public eye and scrutiny of her appearance goes with the territory.

Were I the stylist of Kate, I would continue to push her to wear British brands (something she does often) but I would give her the more exciting, colourful, vibrant and less drab outfits. According to a recent Daily Mail colour chart, Kate wears grey 16% of the time, white 10% and cream 6%. She is also, thankfully, a fan of royal blue, one of the key colours for AW 12, so we know she does have some taste for a pop of colour in her wardrobe.

So here is a compiled list of clothes I would put Kate in from the AW12 collections. All are by British designers and all are appropriate for someone of the Duchess’ position.

Alexander McQueen – In keeping with Kate’s penchant for green.

Alexander McQueen – Wide Legged Trousers, one of the big pieces for AW 12.

Alexander McQueen – On trend soft leather.

Burberry Prorsum

Christopher Kane – 2 of next season’s biggest trends in one, purple and graphic florals.

Erdem – Working The New Lace.

Erdem – Tweeds are fitting for a royal and on trend this coming season.

Erdem – adding a pop of colour to an outfit.

Jonathan Saunders – Kate needs more print in her life.


Stella McCartney – Royal Blue, one of Kate’s favourite colours.

Stella McCartney – A humourous hint at something the Queen may wear in her downtime.

Alexander McQueen – Regal printed loafers.

Burberry Prorsum – To team with her Mulberry cropped trousers.

Mulberry – Every woman needs some heeled ankle boots to pep up a daytime outfit.

Kurt Geiger – If she insists on neutral footwear, at least choose Tan which is a much chicer choice than nude.

The other issue surrounding The Duchess is her makeup, one of the key culprits for making her seem older than she is. She would be much better off going for a more natural, fresh, young look and toning back on the eyeliner. A good example is the make up the models sported at Temperley’s AW12 show:

I shall leave you with what I think is the perfect look for the Duchess at her next black tie event. Sleek hair, fresh face and breathtaking gown, this is Karlie Kloss on the Dior AW12 RTW catwalk:

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