The “Kate effect”—the media term for the sell-out status automatically bestowed on the more attainable items worn by the Duchess—continues to reign supreme, but her healthy appetite for LK Bennett—nude Sledge pumps were a major royal headline in the early years—has subsided. Strong relationships with McQueen’s Sarah Burton, Catherine Walker, Emilia Wickstead and Erdem Moralıoğlu ensure that Kate’s public-facing looks are au courant but classic, which is essential when every minute detail is analyzed.
Comparisons to Diana, Princess of Wales are still drawn by the newspapers, but Kate has cultivated her own image which, like her mother-in-law’s, toes the line between outdoorsy and official. A consummate professional, the Duchess’s style legacy will lie in her penchant for precisely-cut dress coats that mean business, peppy prints and color palettes that say a thousand words and, of course, immaculate blow-dries.
Here, an ode to the Duchess of Cambridge’s defining looks over her decade as a royal.