Kate Middleton is a style icon—there’s no disputing that fact. Her wardrobe choices have influenced many trend and demand for her clothing has crashed several websites over the last 11 years.
I thought it’d be fun to reminisce over some of the Princess’s best looks—outfits that have really left an impression on me (and that my social media followers love!).
You can rely on Kate to look impeccable, whatever the occasion. It’s no surprise that she’s pulled out a few stunning looks over the years. This article covers a range of outfits since the Princess joined the royal family—from casual to classic to couture. I will walk you through each in detail and explain why it’s made the list. Fans will enjoy reminiscing, while fashion lovers will enjoy perusing the article for inspiration.
In no particular order: (well, except for the first one perhaps)
1. Jenny Packham Goldfinger Gown
I have to open the post with the show-stopping gold gown Kate wore to the James Bond premiere. How could I not? It is a firm fan favourite!
Kate wore the gown in September 2021. It was her first proper evening gown in over 18 months due to the pandemic. She returned to the red carpet with a bang! Kate stole the show. Her gown brought a collective gasp from the world as a whole. Fans adored it. Media outlets splashed Kate on their front pages and daytime television shows poured over every inch of the look.
The intricate shimmering dress was by Jenny Packham, designed in collaboration with the production company behind the James Bond Movies. It’s named after the Goldfinger film and was inspired by the famous scene where Jill Masterson gets covered in gold paint.
Kate doubled down on the gold, choosing to accessorise with the metallic colour too. She wore O’NITAA earrings, Aquazurra Fenix pumps and a mystery gold ring set with a yellow gemstone.
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Jenny Packham Beaded Planelto Gown, Platinum
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Jenny Packham Celia Cape Gown, Rose Pink
The high shine rose gold fabric and lavish crystal embellishment will ensure you shimmer all evening long.
Jenny Packham Ruffle Detail Sequin Gown, Gold
This exquisite gold gown features a mix of gold sequins, soft tulle and dramatic ruffles. Glide around the dance floor in the dress’s full-length empire line skirt.
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2. Christopher Kane & Ralph Lauren Separates
I asked my Twitter followers to share their favourite looks worn by the Princess. This striking red ensemble received several nominations. I really love too—it’s one of Kate’s best workwear looks to date in my opinion.
Kate chose the scarlet separates to deliver a keynote speech at an event hosted by The Forward Trust in October 2021.
She tucked a Ralph Lauren polo neck sweater into a Christopher Kane maxi skirt. She finished the look with caramel brown accessories by Ralph Lauren and DeMellier.
The bag is popular with my readers, and it’s still available. (Pssst, Kate owns it in blue too!)
DeMellier Nano Montreal Bag
Exact match! Kate clearly keeps abreast of trends because micro bags are having a moment. The Montreal Nano is compact yet practical, small but roomy enough for the essentials: phone, keys, purse. The perfect grab-and-go bag. Kate owns two of these bags: one in toffee and one in navy.
3. The Vampire’s Wife Falconetti Dress in Green
An iconic style moment for Kate! The Princess attended a reception in Dublin, Ireland in early 2020 wearing this shimmering green dress by The Vampire’s Wife. The brand has a huge cult following—it is a favourite among fashion editors.
Vogue called it a “major moment in royal dressing“. They wrote that the Princess looked “demure-yet-directional. Dare we say, fashion.”
Fancy this dress for your next Christmas event? New Year’s party? Wedding? You’re in luck. It’s available to buy.
The Vampire’s Wife Falconetti Ruffled Metallic Silk-Blend Dress in Emerald Green
Exact match! Steal Kate’s style in this beautiful evening dress. Vogue call The Vampire’s Wife “much loved by the fashion press” and say the Falconetti dress “flatters everyone who has been photographed wearing it” (it has legions of famous fans including Princess Beatrice, Keira Knightly, Kate Moss, Tilda Swinton—and Kate too, of course!)
4. Coral Chloé Jacket and & Other Stories Jeans
Let’s change tack and look at one of Kate’s casual outfits next. I’ve loved this look since Kate visited the Natural History Museum in 2021—I think it deserves a spot on the list.
Though dressed casually, Kate looks ‘put together.’ This is what I imagine she wears on her days off— running errands with the children or visiting the Middleton clan in Bucklebury.
The jacket is by Chloé, the jeans are by & Other Stories and the shoes are Veja. Her gold jewellery is by Orelia London (earrings) and All The Falling Stars (necklace).
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Sorry, Kate’s gorgeous jacket is sold out. But you can still shop the following items from the look:
5. Blue Elie Saab Separates
This blue Elie Saab ensemble from Ascot 2019 also received a lot votes from my Twitter followers. It’s one of my favourite outfits too—and one of Kate’s best looks to date in my opinion.
The Princess wore a bespoke version of a top and skirt from Saab’s Resort 2019 collection. She carried a silver bag by the same designer too. I love the bow neckline and polka dot embroidery throughout.
Kate finished the look with a pair of silver Gianvito Rossi 105 pumps, blue topaz earrings by Kiki McDonough and a coordinating hat from Philip Treacy’s 2016 collection.
6. Yellow Roksanda Brigitte Dress
Kate looked like a ray of sunshine in this elegant yellow dress by Roksanda as she arrived in Jamaica for the 2022 Jubilee Tour—a fantastic look.
The yellow dress featured a large oversized bow on the shoulder. Kate had the dress modified, adding sleeves and an inset waistband. The ready-to-wear version of the dress didn’t come with these features.
I think Kate’s sweeping ponytail and chic Aquazzura heels gave the look a bit of an edge.
Roksanda Brigitte Dress With Bow
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7. Alexander McQueen Bespoke Floral Lace Gown With Sweetheart Neckline
Another sensational gown, this time by Alexander McQueen. The frock features floral lace over a nude overlay, a sweetheart neckline, a floor-sweeping skirt, sheer sleeves and velvet detailing. Kate wore it to the 2019 Royal Variety Performance. So glamorous!
Kate paired the black gown with Erdem earrings, a black velvet Jimmy Choo clutch and a pair of black velvet Jimmy Choo Romy Pumps.
8. Jenny Packham Wonder Gown in Green
Kate looked magnificent in this forest green gown by Jenny Packham during a visit to Jamaica in spring 2022. I had to include this look in my round-up. Serious princess vibes.
Kate paired the dark green dress with heirloom emerald jewellery and a pair of green velvet shoes.
Attending a black-tie soiree this year? You’ll be pleased to learn you can buy the gown from Net-A-Porter and Harrods at the time of writing (August 2022).
Jenny Packham Wonder Gown
EXACT MATCH – Kate looked like a fairytale princess in this green tulle gown by Jenny Packham. She wore the stunning dress to a reception in Jamaica earlier this year. Need a similar gown for your next black-tie event? Click a button below to buy:
9. Phillipa Lepley Vienna Crossover Gown In Blue
Another gown from the 2022 Platinum Jubilee Tour and a highlight of the trip for many. The Princess chose this exquisite dress for a reception in The Bahamas. It’s by Phillipa Lepley, a couture wedding dress and eveningwear designer based in London.
Kate paired the gown with a pair of VERY expensive shoes— £1,750 GBP / $2,496 USD—by Gianvito Rossi. She also debuted a new Lulu Guinness clutch in a similar shade of blue and wore her Van Cleef and Arpels Magic Alhambra earring and necklace set.
Lulu Guinness Hayworth Bag in Blue Satin
Exact Match! Want to buy Kate’s clutch? You’re in luck! This lovely blue bag is now back in stock on the Lulu Guinness website.
RRP £225 GBP / $295 USD
10. Teal Jenny Packham Aspen Gown
Another gown by Jenny Packham—this one is based on the designer’s Aspen Wedding Gown. The intricate lace back and vivid colour earn the look a place on this list. Kate debuted the gown in 2012, for a gala dinner ahead of the London Olympic Games.
Kate’s hair was widely talked about at the time. This was one of the first moments we spotted the Princess sporting an updo.
The Princess carried a matching clutch bag, also by Packham, and wore a pair of silver teardrop earrings (still unidentified, likely costume jewellery). She finished her look with a pair of Jimmy Choo’s Vamp sandals.
11. Jenny Packham Pink Pearlescent Swarovski Crystal Gown
Six weeks after their nuptials in 2011, William and Kate attended their first gala as a married couple. The Princess wore this absolutely dreamy pink pearlescent gown by Jenny Packham. At the time, the designer described the garment as “ethereal”.
I remember the buzz on Twitter as Kate stepped out onto the red carpet in this gown—the first we’d seen since her wedding day, it brought back lovely feelings from watching her walk down the aisle. It was an iconic style moment. She looked spectacular.
The Princess paired the dress with a pair of L.K. Bennett sandals topped with a bow. Demand for the shoes crashed the company’s website! She carried a bag by Prada and wore Links of London’s ‘bubble’ drop earrings.
12. Alexander McQueen Ice Pink Suit
Kate’s started wearing suits to public engagements recently. I think it’s her way of showing she means business. This is a particular favourite of mine—I love the punchy pink colour. I think we’ll see her wear this on repeat (either worn together or as separates). It’s by Alexander McQueen.
Kate paired the pink suit with tonal pumps by Emmy London (the Rebecca shoe in the colour ‘Makeup’). She carried a ‘writing folder’ by Smythson and finished the look with her Mappin & Webb Empress pendant and matching earrings.
13. Warehouse Sweater & Jigsaw Trousers
This has always been a standout look for me. Wide-legged culottes, Chanel handbag, scalloped knit—what’s not to love? I see young professionals up and down the country saving this outfit as workwear inspiration.
Kate wore the ensemble to visit the Angela Marmont Centre (AMC) for UK Biodiversity at the Natural History Museum in London in October 2019.
The colours were an ideal choice for autumn—a mix of rich burgundy and deep khaki green—while the relaxed culottes felt fashion-forward for Kate. It was great to see her gorgeous Chanel handbag make a reappearance too.
14. Tory Burch Blue Painted Roses Smock Dress
I have no idea if this dress broke the Internet but it certainly broke my blog. I posted it to Facebook and it sent a PHENOMENAL amount of traffic to my site. Like nothing I’ve experienced before. People seemed to love it. I certainly liked it. The length, the square neckline, the tiers, the colour, the pattern, the smocking… everything! (Kate wore it in Belize in March 2022.)
The Princess paired the blue midi dress with Stuart Weitzman Minx wedges—a shoe she’s owned for the best part of a decade—and a pair of statement earrings by Sézane.
I am 100% convinced Kate will have packed this frock in her suitcase this summer. It’s the ideal holiday dress!
Sadly, the blue midi is sold out and Tory Burch told me they do not plan to reissue the print. They do, however, sell the same smocked dress in grey. You can also hire the blue floral version worn by Kate from renttherunway.com.
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15. Alexander McQueen Lilac Grecian Gown
Remember William and Kate’s visit to LA in 2011? The Princess stepped out on the red carpet at a BAFTA event wearing this stunning lilac gown by Alexander McQueen. It was a moment. The sweeping skirt, soft pleats, lovely lilac colour, glittering accessories and those Jimmy Choo sandals! We loved it all.
The Princess finished the look with pair of The Queen’s blingy chandelier drop earrings.
16. Barbara Casasola Off-Shoulder Dress
Kate’s worn this Barbara Casasola dress twice (in public, to date). She first debuted the off-the-shoulder design in 2016—it felt like quite a fashion-forward choice at the time. Kate fans loved it, magazine editors loved it—it received a lot of attention across the board. It was also popular with my Twitter followers.
In 2019, Kate wore the dress again (pictured above). This time, her sparkling ombre Jimmy Choo shoes set tongues wagging. Kate finished the look with a Wilbur and Gussie clutch and her Kiki McDonough Lola Hoop earrings.
17. Gucci Pink Two Tone Gown
In 2019, Kate attended the 100 Women in Finance gala wearing a stunning gown by Gucci. A real princess look, I’m sure you’ll agree.
Kate paired the pretty pink dress with a deep maroon clutch by Prada, glittering pumps by Oscar de la Renta and pink morganite earrings by Kiki McDonough.
I love the gown’s unique bodice and unique two-tone design. I hope we see this one again before too long.
18. Alexander McQueen Embellished Cape Gown In Blush
Kate looked stunning in this Alexander McQueen gown during a visit to Norway in 2018. It received a fair few nominations and ‘likes’ on Twitter, so I had to include it in my round-up.
The blush-coloured ensemble featured a chiffon cape decorated with intricate embellishments on the shoulder. One media outlet said Kate looked “angelic” in the garment—it’s hard to disagree with that!
Princess Kate accessorised with her Oscar de la Renta Cabrina pumps, the Jimmy Choo Celeste clutch and diamond jewellery on loan from The Queen.
19. Temperley London Lace Desdemona Dress in Teal
Kate wore this eye-catching teal dress during the 2016 India Tour. I’m confident it’s one we’ll see again, it ticks all of Kate’s boxes: modest neckline, mid-length skirt—not to mention it’s really beautiful.
Designed by Temperley London, the frock features a unique fluted skirt and high neckline. Kate paired it with nude accessories (L.K. Bennett Natalie Clutch and the Fern Heels by the same company). She finished the look with a pair of blingy green tourmaline and amethyst oval drop earrings by Kiki McDonough.
L.K. Bennett Fern Pumps
Exact match! Kate first debuted these nude-coloured pointy pumps five years ago. She’s worn them on 15+ separate occasions, including two overseas tours! They’re still available to buy at L.K. Bennett in the colour ‘Tench’ as seen on Kate. Click the button below:
20. Erdem Floral Separates
I’m rounding off the list with another personal favourite—a skirt and top by Erdem. Kate wore the ensemble in Poland during the 2017 tour.
During the day, William and Kate undertook a varied itinerary. They visited a former Nazi concentration camp, watched cooking demonstrations in a bustling market, toured a theatre, attended a reception, visited a museum and laid flowers at a monument. The versatile outfit worked for all engagements; the dark tones particularly suited the more sombre moments of the day.
Kate paired the floral separates with a pair of Stuart Weitzman sandals and a clutch from Polish brand Etui—her jewellery was never identified. (It was speculated that they were crafted from amber, a gemstone widely found in Poland).
Now tell me your favourite outfit:
Do you agree with my round-up, are these Kate’s best outfits to date? Or is your favourite missing? Add your opinion in the comments box below.
Rolene Marks says
I loved the gorgeous pink Vampire’s Wife dress in Belize but no matter what she wears, the Duchess always knocks it out the park.
Carly W says
She does, I agree. I did ADORE the colour of that dress.
You left out the best of all: the Top Gun premiere dress. Incomparable.
Kathie Hardy says
Kate brings such elegance to each and every outfit. While I love all you have included, the Top Gun Maverick reception gown was tops on my list. No one can wear black and white like she does!
The ice blue high low Jenny packham. Tried to attach a pic but couldn’t!
When Kate wore the #10 gown (Jenny Packham Pink) six weeks after their wedding, she looked like a beautiful, young princess on the scene. I loved it then and I still like it to this day.
Thanks for the look-back fashion show.
Carly W says
She did, I remember the moment well! A lot of buzz!
Nora Crane says
there are so many that I love. The Erdem separates, and especially the Gucci gown, which I’m hoping that she selects as her re-wear for the EarthShot Prize Awards Ceremony in Boston. This is a lovely list, and I agree with every selection.
You gave some top appearances. Hard to choose with a lady with such impeccable taste for style and place.
I also liked the light blue Alexander McQueen dress, and jewelery, she wore at state dinner Buckingham palace with king Alexander and queen Máxima October 2018
Elsa Neves says
Falta um conjunto saia e casaco da Chanel, que usou na viagem a Paris.
Mas concordo com todos que apresento
Thank you for posting all these beautiful clothes..I love the blue outfit at the beginning, also, the red outfit..Oh, they are all so beautiful..The beautiful green gown and the color is heavenly.
Carly W says
I’m pleased you enjoyed the article, it was lovely to look back at some older outfits I’d not thought about in a while!
C H says
I love looking back on Kate’s fashion! But other than #s 1 and 9 (9 will always be my favorite), my list actually has little overlap! A few of my faves that aren’t included here are:
– Alexander McQueen pale pink peplum dress (2014): https://www.katescloset.com.au/bits–bobs/royal-tour-day-17-adelaide-duchess-in-pale-pink-mcqueen-outfit
– Mint green Missoni dress (2019): https://www.katescloset.com.au/outfit-chronicle/kate-premieres-mint-missoni-midi-dress-for-belfast-reception
– Temperley London black lace dress (2012): https://katemiddletonstyle.org/war-horse-premiere-2012/
– Blue Maheen Khan outfit in Pakistan (2019): https://katemiddletonstyle.org/pakistan-day-2/
– Edeline Lee dress (2022): https://www.katescloset.com.au/outfit-chronicle/kate-looks-elegant-in-edeline-lee-dress-for-british-design-award
– Her whole look for first day of school (2019): https://www.katescloset.com.au/outfit-chronicle/kate-in-michael-kors-repeat-for-princess-charlottes-first-day-of-school
– Jenny Packham in India (2016): https://www.katescloset.com.au/outfit-chronicle/royal-tour-day-1-duchess-kate-glitters-at-bollywood-charity-gala
So much fun to look back!