As a member of the royal family, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge is always in the royal spotlight and every inch of her outfits is examined in detail. Express.co.uk spoke to Miranda Holder, TV & Celebrity Fashion Expert, about Kate’s iconic style over the past decade.
Royal fans loved it when Prince William announced his engagement to Kate Middleton in 2010 and the couple married in a fairytale royal wedding the following year.
In the years since then, Kate has worked to establish her royal role and juggle life as the busy mother of three.
Miranda Holder, TV & Celebrity Fashion Expert, said, “The nation adores Kate Middleton and it has been a pleasure to see how she has grown from a shy young lady over the years to the absolute style icon she is today.
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“Kate did this with nothing but grace and elegance as she slowly unfolded her fashion wings and developed the style for which she is much admired today.”
Kate’s style has seen several changes over the past 10 years, and the future Duchess’s earlier years in the royal limelight showed enormous fashion potential.
Kate’s fashion attracted a lot of interest before she got engaged to Prince William as she was often photographed in the noughties.
And the iconic navy wrap dress she wore to announce her engagement in 2010 sold out in a flash.
Ms. Holder said, “Kate has always been stylish and looked reserved in the earlier years wearing classic looks like immaculately tailored two-piece skirt suits and shift dresses that were very reminiscent of Princess Diana in her early years.
“Her fashion choices have been tasteful and modest, and she is reasonably reluctant to take risks that avoid the dreaded fashion faux pas, while also being very guided by royal protocols and guidelines.”
But when Kate was encouraged by her role in the royal family, she became more confident about her fashion choices.
Ms. Holder added: “Over time, however, Kate has settled into her role as Duchess of Cambridge and has slowly become familiar with her personality, which is very much reflected in her style choices.
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“She embodies femininity and grace, but is much more confident – all of which helped develop a signature ‘Kate look’.
“Kate has long been a master of the British high street and her sold-out, block-colored midi outfits by the likes of Reiss have become her trademark.”
For royal engagements, Kate usually wears a chic, tailored suit jacket or one of her favorite classic dresses.
Kate is known to dabble in sleek ponytails and intricate updos for more formal events, but it’s the bouncy blowouts that Kate’s hair is famous for.
Likewise, Kate has made her mark on royal fashion when it comes to red carpet appearances or formal dinners.
The Duchess is known for exuding Hollywood glamor with some of her high-profile outfit selections in recent years.
Ms. Holder stated, “In the past few years we’ve seen the Duchess come out in more dramatic silhouettes, more vibrant colors and eye-catching looks, from contemporary leading designers like The Vampire’s Wife to the stunning gold floor-length Jenny Packham gown she wore to the last Bond -Premiere.
“All of this took confidence to carry her away, and Kate did it with admirable intuition.”