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Get the Look: Duchess Kate

Duchess Katherine's flirty, polished dresses, structured suits and preppy blazers are both duchess/princess-appropriate and thoroughly modern. Her style has quickly become one of the most noted in fashion blogs and magazines worldwide, and girls everywhere are looking to get the look of this modern-day fairytale princess. Here are some tips on how to build some of her style into your own.

Kate's Duchess Style

Kate's pre-duchess style showed lots of prints -- plaids, flowers and stripes. Now that she's a duchess, Kate has switched to dressing head to toe in similar colors. Of course, she is still known for her small but mighty accessories, like silk scarves, gold jewelry and (on formal occasions) feather fascinator hats.

Color Blocking

Kate takes color blocking (dressing all in one color) to a new level with her monochromatic (all in one color) dresses, pant suits and outfits. She loves muted pastels and greys for everyday royal appearances, and usually matches her shoes and purse in the same color as well.

The Sporty Duchess

Kate isn't all princess business all the time. When she's out shopping or attending to unofficial business, Kate wears skinny jeans or leggings, frilly shirts and crocheted sweaters. Her favorite everyday shoes are currently her blue espadrille wedges. Her collection of knee-length flared skirts, short cropped blazers, skinny jeans and navy shoes seem to take some of the work out of everyday princessing by making getting dressed a no-brainer, allowing her to mix and match her favorite pieces with each other.

dressed for sportsOn the field, Kate is comfortable in skinny leggings and a tight-fitting sweatshirt. Check out how she dresses up these leggings in the next photo...Courtesy of Lucky Mag

Your Duchess Look

The takeaway message here is that Kate has found pieces that work and a style that works -- this season it's easy to match colors, flared knee-length skirts, short sweaters and cropped jackets, frilly blouses, skinny jeans and leggings, her favorite espadrille pumps for everyday wear, and color blocked suits for official duchess appearances.

 

Where to Shop

We often see Kate in J Brand Skinny jeans. Starting at $169 a pair, they're not so accessible to a teen budget. The best part of these jeans is the Tencel mixed with cotton for just the right stretch and fit, and most skinny jeans on the market are missing this awesome component. Macy's carries Else Jeans Skinny Colored Denim Jeans, which come in many different colors and feature the cotton/tencel/spandex combination. At $68 a pair, the price tag is still big, but not as big as J Brand.

Kate and WilliamKate's favorite man and her favorite espadrilles, blazer and J Brand skinny jeansCourtesy of Lucky Mag

Espadrille wedges are easy to find and come in all colors and price tags. Visit any bargain shoe store that sells name brands like Famous Footwear or Marshall's and find a pair that fit your foot and your price range.

Forever 21 and H&M are two great stores for knockoff versions of designer styles. Shop around for cropped jackets, frilly blouses, short crocheted sweaters and flared knee-length skirts to echo Kate's signature style.

Keep your color choices simple and limited and keep patterns to a minimum and you'll always be able to mix and match wardrobe essentials, just like our fave modern day duchess, Kate!

Have Your Say

What's your favorite Kate Middleton look? Where do you shop to get the look? Tell us in your comments below!

 

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astucieuse331 posted in Friends:
I've always felt the same way. My one best friend gossiped behind my back, used me, all that girl stuff. She took me for advantage and we had a bunch of fights because of her finding a new friend and completely acting as if I didn't exist, and I told her to give me at least some attention every once in a while if she can't even continue to talk to me daily. And.. I lost her. Well, she lost me. We both lost each other. But then I realized.. it's the people that you least expect to be nice to you you'll find kindness in. Why? Based on personal experience, and I'll tell you the story: For my gym class, me and my peers were supposed to make a group for a dance. This was when my best friend had found a new friend already, and the time at which we had a few fights because of that. Of course, I relied on my best friend to count me in her dance group. At lunchtime, I sat together with my best friend, and we ate our lunches in silence. All of a sudden, I brought up the dance groups and asked her straightforwardly: "Can I join your group?" No reply. "Kelly, can I join your group?" No reply. "I mean, since our class is uneven, I found it fair that there'd be a group of five, you know?" None at all. Kelly ignored me straight off the bat, leaving me speechless. My mind raced with thoughts, and I thought, maybe it's not worth having Kelly as a friend. A few days later, we were playing Dodgeball for gym. I was on Kelly's team, and overheard her talking with her new friends about who to pick for the dance group. One of her friends mentioned me, and Kelly said: "Oh no, we shouldn't pick her because _____ (I don't know what she said then)." I was shocked, but was anticipating it, so when the time came to choose groups, I saw my friend, Luke, ask two girls, Cher and Bridgette, to join their group. Surprisingly, Cher and Bridgette actually accepted him, and so I thought, "Wow, if they accepted Luke, they might accept me aswell!" and so built up the courage to ask them if I could join. Even though Cher and Bridgette were mean to me sometimes, I knew that I had to risk it and see what'd happen. Afterall, rejection is just another opportunity to find a better group. Little did I know, it'd be the best choice of my life. They were so happy, and even thanked me for joining them! I was speechless once more; I never knew that the peers that I thought I would never be friends with would actually be my friends!  So yeah, that's what I learnt, and I never regretted learning that fact. Ever since then, though, I've learnt not to trust people as much as I used to anymore. I learnt that independency is what works for me, what I was meant for in terms of socializing or working. But, other things may work for you. If you still want a friend, you can be independent and wait for the right person. However, if you still want a real friend, you can wait, but still mingle (hang out) with other people! I I'm not going to make fun of you because I know how you've felt, just as I stated in my past problem before. But you can move on from those friends, they're not worth your time and certainly don't deserve you as a friend. Trust me, if it's meant to be, you'll definitely find a true friend. But if it's not, you may become like me, finding happiness in my own way. I want to remind you though-- you don't need someone to stay happy, or keep you company. This may sound silly, but you can even have your own invisible friends! I've had one, but that's very rarely for me. It's not silly though if you see the general idea; usually these friends are made from different dimensions of your personality or just because of will. There's a lot more fish in the sea, though, so I'm sure you'll find a true friend that's meant for you  :) Take care, and I hope you'll find a true friend soon!
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ts01 posted in Friends:
im so sorry you girls feel that way.true friends are there, its just easier to find users because they are more plentiful. dont give up, you will find real friends eventually
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lolflowergirl posted in Friends:
i feel alone too
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kayme123
kayme123 posted in Friends:
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Irene_love
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"1.am.3m0" wrote:Hey. Im also turning 15 soon. So dont worry you arent alone hahah. Start dressing for your shape and also find whats comfortable.  Because if you wear something that is uncomfortable you wont be happy and happiness is the best look :) Most of the time I wear jeans with a graphic tshirt or singlet and a cardigan or light jacket. Hoodies are great for winter. And I wear combat boots like doc martins and converse. Hope I helped somehow! :)
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