Ever since Prince William and Kate Middleton announced their engagement in 2010, the comparisons to Princess Diana have been frequent fodder for fashion editors and anglophiles alike—the similar engagement photos! The same sapphire diamond ring! And of course, a style so admired yet relatable it causes dresses to sell out before Big Ben can chime. Like her late mother-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge seamlessly blends luxury and affordable brands, isn’t afraid to wear the same skirt twice or slip on a hoodie and makes getting dressed in the morning look like a walk in the park (albeit in cute but sensible heels). And like her late mother-in-law, her look is attainable. Follow these five steps to achieve Kate Middleton style.
Recycling Isn’t Just for Newspapers
If Kate Middleton can be photographed wearing the same dress twice by thousands of photographers, your Instagram-happy friend can photograph you doing the same. The key to making your ensemble feel fresh is to mix it up with different jewelry, hair, shoes and accessories. The Duchess first stepped out in this cream-colored Roland Mouret gown for a private dinner in 2012 in silver sandals and a small silver clutch. A year later, thrifty style icon Kate recycled the dress but paired it with a black clutch, black pumps and a statement necklace for the premiere of Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom.
Fit, Flare and Flattering
The Duchess has an enviable hourglass figure, but her go-to frock style is universally flattering. If your midsection is a trouble spot, the cinched waist and flared skirt of a fit-and-flare dress are oh-so-forgiving, and if you lack curves the style helps you fake ‘em.
Whether it’s her winter coats, spring trenches for the frequent rainy days across the pond or the dresses she sported during her recent royal tour of India and Bhutan (including this $72 mixed-print maxi by UK-based label Glamorous that quickly sold out after photos hit the Internet), Kate proves a little extra fabric goes a long way. Slip on a maxi dress and sandals for a summer day at the park and invest in a statement winter coat when the seasons change.
As New Yorkers, we tend to fall back on blacks. With spring in full bloom, reintroduce pretty hues into your wardrobe. A high-neck sea foam green frock, like this Temperley head-turner Kate wore for a visit with the Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi, boasts both a seasonal color and an on-trend neckline.
Hat watching is one of the best parts of an internationally televised royal British wedding or celebration. If wearing one is so not your street style, rock one at a Belmont Stakes Party or on Grand Prix Sunday at the Hampton Classic.