How Kate Middleton went from prim to trendy and reclaimed her crown as queen of style

22-05-2019 17:05

WE never thought that we would see the day when the Duchess of Cambridge hung up her prim dresses in favour of on-trend culottes and trainers.

Kate has had a style overhaul this year, with the 37-year-old opting for more stylish brands and age-appropriate outfits.

HRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attending the BAFTAs 2019 at the Royal Albert Hall in London

HRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attending the BAFTAs 2019 at the Royal Albert Hall in London

This week alone, Kate scored a sartorial hat-trick, stepping out in three fashion-forward looks that have grabbed our attention.

She unveiled her new, on-trend wardrobe at the Chelsea Flower Show in London – which included several pieces from the high street.

Perhaps having former actress Meghan Markle snapping at her L.K. Bennett heels encouraged Kate to spring clean her style.

And with Duchess of Sussex tucked away with newborn Archie, now is the perfect opportunity for Kate to claw back the spotlight from the glamorous actress. Here, Fashion Editor Gabriele Dirvanauskas gives her verdict on some of Kate’s most eye-catching outfits from the past five months.

Here, Fashion Editor Gabriele Dirvanauskas gives her verdict on some of Kate’s most eye-catching outfits from the past five months… and the lowdown on the woman responsible.

February 27

Kate Middleton at the Empire Music Hall, Belfast

The Duchess opted for this green metallic, lurex dress from Italian label Missoni to visit Northern Ireland. While pleats are a classic look, we loved the mermaid-inspired design. It was miles apart from Kate’s old tailored twinsets.

March 12

The Duchess of Cambridge at Henry Fawcett Children’s Society

The purple £800 Gucci blouse caused shockwaves – partly as Kate purposely wore it backwards. She ditched her usual skinny jeans in favour of wide-leg trousers and accessorised with a handbag instead of clutch.

May 7

Kate at the King’s Cup Charity Regatta, South East London

She dressed up as a sailor for a sailing event and it worked. The wide-leg trousers made another welcome appearance and she even substituted her beloved courts for trendy block heels.

May 14

Duchess’ D-Day exhibition, Bletchley Park look

Polka dots are hot this season, but critics argued the knee-high split was unseemly. Kate happily sported the £1,750 Alessandra Rich dress after Meghan’s actress pal Abigail Spencer wore it to the Duchess of Sussex’s wedding last year.

May 19

The Duchess holding Prince George’s hand with Prince William, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis closely behind at the Chelsea Flower Show

Kate usually sticks to upmarket brands but the floral frock she wore to unveil a garden she co-designed cost just £89 from high street store & Other Stories. It has since sold out, with savvy shoppers flogging it for up to £375 on eBay.

May 20

Kate Middleton in her second floral frock at the Chelsea Flower Show

Kate tapped straight into this season’s prairie trend with this £2,500 floral-print dress by the Canadian designer Erdem. She teamed it with on-trend espadrille wedges and her usual bouncy blow-dry was replaced with a bohemian ’do.

Another great look on Kate at the Chelsea Flower Show

It was another wardrobe win for Kate on Monday when she sported £69.95 brown culottes by Spanish label Massimo Dutti. She teamed them with a £255 broderie anglaise blouse by Brit brand M.I.H and £50 Superga trainers.

What she used to wear

Kate Middleton in November 2018 at the UCL Developmental Neuroscience Lab, London

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (front) and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex leave Westminster Abbey, London, after attending a National Service to mark the centenary of the Armistice last year

Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge at last year’s Christmas party at Kensington Palace for families and children of deployed personnel from RAF Coningsby and RAF Marham serving in Cyprus

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