The Duchess Of Cambridge has evolved from safe and conservative style to elegant and chic since she’s been thrust into the spotlight

We’ve been obsessed with Kate Middleton’s style evolution ever since she first started dating Prince William in 2003.

Although the pair met when they both started at St Andrews in 2001, they were friends before becoming an item, and it’s thought the turning point was when Kate walked in a university charity catwalk show. Created by fashion graduate Charlotte Todd, it was a strapless, sheer knitted affair that gave the audience – including Wills obvs – a glimpse of Kate’s black underwear. Fun fashion fact: it sold for £78k in 2011.

Kate Middleton dresses: The early years

In their early years of dating, Kate was all about the Sloane Ranger-esque looks (a la Diana). Think blazers, skinny jeans, designer pumps and bags. Since getting married and taking on more official duties though, she has really honed her sense of style.

Kate Middleton dresses

She effortlessly mixes high end with high street and is often seen recycling old outfits to demonstrate her thrifty skills – in fact, you may not have noticed, but there is one accessory Kate Middleton wears with everything (OK, practically everything), and it totally works.

Kate Middleton dresses: Her favourite designers and high street brands

For red carpet events, Kate Middleton is loyal to her favourite fashion brands, most of which are British talents including Alice Temperley, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen and Jenny Packham. For daytime Royal engagements, Kate’s known for favouring high street brands, and as soon as she’s spotted wearing them, they tend to fly off the shelves – L.K.Bennett, Reiss, Zara, Whistles, all gone within hours of being worn. That’s the Kate Middleton effect.

Kate Middleton dresses: Pregnancy style

Most recently, the Duchess of Cambridge has made her first official appearances since announcing her third pregnancy, and after suffering from acute morning sickness like with Prince George and Princess Charlotte. At an event in Paddington, she wore a muted pink Orla Kiely with a delicate floral appliqué. In her past pregnancies, she has mixed dresses and suits from her favourite designers to more casual Breton top, jeans, and her favourite Superga trainers.

With all this in mind, take a look  back at Kate Middleton’s best looks.

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