Kate Middleton: From a Commoner Beauty To Chic Royalty

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The style evolution of the Duchess of Cambridge is almost phenomenal. From being a commoner, to suddenly getting all the media attention, is no easy task. And the Princess does score full marks while appearing in front of the public, immaculately dressed.

Here’s what the future Queen has been wearing since she first grabbed the limelight. A concise yet enlightening account of the high’s and low’s of her wardrobe.

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March 2002


This little number is what is said to have won the admiration and heart of the future king of Britain. And it all began here that led to that much needed and much loved transformation!

August 2004


Even after a hiatus of 2 years, this is what Kate wore for the Game Fair.

June 2005


Kate wore this to her graduation. And her attempt at going chic does not deserve full marks, for sure.

April 2006


We find it difficult to digest what she actually wore this frumpy brown skirt and wool jacket. Huge fashion faux pas.

July 2006


And just after a period of 3 months, Kate gets her act right. She surely gave us a glimpse of what was to come.

January 2007


Pictured on her 25th birthday, Kate looks super chic in the monochrome outfit and those opaque tights.

April 2007


This picture was clicked when Kate and her prince were going through a rough patch and had reportedly broken up.

February 2008


Kate was back to being her dazzling self. She was back on the fashion radar, and of course, no one was complaining!

April 2008


The future princess looked sure, stylish and every bit confident.

September 2008


Kate was young but was dressing too elegant for her age. So, she came clean with her sense of style and fabulousness when she appeared for a charity roller disco in those funky hot pants and received a nod from the fashion brigade.

June 2009


The yellow chemise and the olive green leather jacket paired with those espadrilles got heads turning, effortlessly so.

August 2009


By now, Kate had nothing to proof of her fashion sense; she’d established a strong footing and onlookers wanted to see more of her. We love this beautifully detailed jacquard dress coat she’s worn to a wedding in London.

October 2010


After staying away from the spotlight for quite a few months, the soon to be royal couple resurfaced at their friends wedding. And Kate looked every inch of the diva she is, not to miss those super toned and tanned legs.

November 2010


Kate rocked this Issa number in the conference, to announce her engagement to Prince William. The royal blue frock screamed simplicity and grace and of course, was a sell out within hours. (Note the beautiful rock on Kate’s finger that once belonged to Princess Diana).

December 2010


Within a month, Kate thought to take the fash pack by another surprise. The monochrome Temperly London dress won Kate all the accolades and full marks from fashion editors worldwide.

January 2011


Since then, we’ve been in awe of Kate Middleton. Her sense of style has only gotten better, and she’s left us spell bound with her beauty and elegance. She aced the Libelula dress coat and Mulberry shoes in velvet, which got her all the brownie points.

February 2011


Now now honey, just when we thought we found someone who could be featured on Vogue’s covers every month, Kate gave us a setback, and quite a shocking one at that. The red turtleneck and skirt paired with black accessories almost made us reassess our earlier love for her.

March 2011


On her official visit to Belfast, the future royal wore a Burberry trench coat, which was to become a major grab in the coming days. Kate effortlessly championed the outfit and the iconic home label was too pleased to help.

April 2011


Her official wardrobe soon became a thing to envy, and Kate rocked this Amanda Wakeley skirt suit with panache and flair.

..April 2011


And who can ever forget the custom made gorgeous lace, silk satin masterpiece by Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton that sent many a hearts to flutter, quiver and sigh in awe. She walked the aisle for a long time partner Prince William while the world stood and gazed, smitten by all the charm.

..April 2011


Just after 24 hours of getting married, Kate appeared in front of the world in a Zara sundress and LK Bennett espadrilles. Trust her with all the designer and high street fashion.

May 2011


Making further progress on the fashion ladder, Kate wore this Reiss Shola dress upon her visit to the Obamas. Note the Anya Hindmarch clutch too.

June 2011


Now, this attire made us love her even more than we’d ever intended to. Her easy, calm yet overwhelmingly classy style scores full points, thanks to that Reiss number, Joseph tweed jacket and nude courts.

..June 2011


Kate looked as pretty as it could be at the ARK gala dinner in a Jenny Packham blush pink sequinned gown, a Prada clutch and those LK Bennett peep toes. The tan and that million dollar smile hinted the grand arrival of the future queen.

..June 2011


With too many official appearances, looked like Kate had her wardrobe lined up. She once again leaned to Alexander McQueen for this white coat, and as is so evident, Wills couldn’t keep his hands off her.

..June 2011


By now, it was pretty obvious that Alexander McQueen and Kate Middleton had embarked upon a fashion love affair. She floored everyone in McQueen’s military inspired dress coat with gold accessories and made sure she was both fashions and the force’s darling.

..June 2011


Pictured at Wimbledon with her husband, the Temperley London dress, diamond studs and that smile sure made for a beautiful image.

..June 2011


She wore this Erdem dress on her official tour to Canada. We salute you, princess.

July 2011


Kate continued to charm the Canadians. Take a look.

..July 2011


We heart this pre-season Erdem number.

..July 2011


Looks like the future Queen’s bond with Alexander McQueen is what fairy tales are made of. The nautical style dress looked perfect on Kate.

..July 2011


Kate’s arrival in California was marked by a form fitting Roksanda Illinic dress, and we love people who can recycle (note those much loved LK Bennett shoes)

..July 2011


Bewitching and beautiful! Kate Middleton is truly divine!

August 2011


No wonder she’s royalty! The girl can pull off just about everything. The military inspired Alexander McQueen ensemble is a treat to the eyes.

December 2011


Do we need to tell you the label, here? Yeah, it’s Alexander McQueen again. The duchess wore this dress to Millies in London.

..December 2011



The Zara dress and the Ralph Lauren blazer highlighted Kate’s penchant for high street fashion. Do we need to mention that the dress was an absolute sell out.

January 2012


Kate in London, at the premiere of War Horse.

..January 2012


Dowdy, drab and oh-so-dated. We rate it in the negatives.

March 2012


We forgive January’s disaster, thanks to this sophisticated and sleek ensemble. Here is the perfect princess spelling classy.

..March 2012


We love the neckline with the appliqué detailing and the hair is close to perfection. Good going, Kate!

..March 2012


For a St. Patrick’s Day service, Kate looked very demure in an Emilia Wick stead coat and paired it with chocolate heels and hat.

..March 2012


Pitch perfect style looks routine with Kate now. She wore this Matthew Williamson number to the premiere of African Cats.

May 2012


This was Kate’s moment from Angelina Jolie’s diary. The Roland Mouret thigh high split gown and the Jimmy Choo’s were a clear indication that the Duchess of Cambridge was one fashion force.

November 2012


Over the months, Kate kept a low profile due to the paparazzi scandal but it all came to an end when she wore a £1,400 Mulberry dress to the National History Museum event. Speculations aroused about her newly acquired fash-forward look. But actually, she was only hiding the soon to be obvious baby bump. Haha. Smart move, princess.