fashion inspiration: the duchess of cambridge

It was a year ago today that Kate Middleton married Price William to become Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge – and a bone fide fashion icon. So who better to look to for today’s fashion inspiration than the most recent addition to the British royal family?

While some comment that her style can be boring, I love the Duchess’ classic looks. She plays up her features while maintaining a conservative yet modern look. Let’s break down the elements.

Tailoring: Almost all of the future Queen of England’s outfits centre around impeccable tailoring. She wears fitted (but not clingy) dresses, sharp suits and belted coats.

Wear a summer version of her gorgeous peplum suit from earlier this year by opting for a tailored peplum dress instead. This one is from Dorothy Perkins for £48.

Embrace lace: When she wants to up the glamour, the Duchess frequently turns to lace. She’s worn lace sleeves and bodices on many occassions (including on her wedding dress) and she always looks so elegant.

Recreate her red-carpet look from the War Horse premiere (above) with this Oasis Lace Cut Out Dress (£55).

Work the high-low look: Even princesses don’t have to wear couture every day. The Duchess is comfortable wearing McQueen one day and Zara the next – with high street brands selling out within hours of her wearing an item. The Shola Dress from Reiss that she wore to meet the Obamas crashed the store’s website and sold out on both sides of the Atlantic.

Invest in this season’s version, with the Lola Dress by Reiss (now $220 / £117)

Shop your closet: This is one of the best lessons we can learn from the Duchess and I think it’s also one of the reasons why she’s so popular with the public. Just because she can have a new outfit every day doesn’t mean she has to – and neither do you! With so many classic items at her disposal, it’s great to see Catherine wear the same dress a few times (for example, the white Reiss dress she wore for her engagement photos and then again for Canada Day). One of her most frequently recycled items is her pair of L.K. Bennett nude heels.

A pair of nude heels goes with practically everything, especially in the current season. Invest in your own versatile pair of Kate’s favourite Sledge Court Shoes for £185.

And there you have it – you’ll be a princess in no time! Now tell me… what’s your favourite look from the Duchess’ first year of marriage?

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