Kate Middleton is known for both elegance and setting affordable fashion trends anyone can follow.
The Duchess of Cambridge recently made a $65 pair of shoes the rage when she told the world how much she loves her dainty white canvas Superga Cotu Classic sneakers. In fact, Middleton, wife of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, was first seen wearing them in 2016 and continues to don them in a variety of settings.
The exposure doubled the company’s sales, turning a simple, classic design into the new chic. It also helped coin a fashion phrase, because suddenly throwing on a pair of Superga Cotu Classics can give any outfit a “Kate effect.” The term is quickly being attributed to anything Middleton is seen wearing.
And it is not just Middleton’s shoes that helps her connect with everyday women and young girls. Her girl-next-door yet opulent looks have always cast her in a different light, one not exactly expected of someone who marries into the world’s most visible royal family. But Kate Middleton has been able to naturally capitalize on it, making a number of classic stylings accessible. And what is even more exciting is that what Kate Middleton wears — or things similar to them — can be purchased off the rack.
Middleton can be seen in everything from linen skirt suits, tweed suits, and simple dresses. Sure, some cost a few thousand dollars, but they’re simple to match.
One of her simplest garments is a classic floral dress, donned May 22 at the Chelsea Flower Show in London. She paired the green Rochas dress with classic nude pumps. The dress lists for around $2,000, affordable considering today’s fickle retail market.
In April, Middleton was seen pairing black cropped jeans, available at just about every clothing retailer, with a matching zip-up jacket and pair of Cotu Classics.
Speaking of shoes, Viscata found a gem with its line of Rose Wedges. They’re a line like any other women’s wedge with a 2.75-inch heel. They are a soft cotton canvas lined with an even softer leather sock. What else? Not much, other than they are “one of Kate Middleton’s favorite shoe styles,” according to the Viscatas website. They retail for $109.95.
Kate Middleton and Prince William met in 2001, when they were students at University of St. Andrews. They began dating in 2003, and while Middleton chose to keep their courtship out of the public eye, her sense of fashion has always been front and center.
Of course Middleton is also known to don formal wear from a variety of top designers. At her sister’s wedding, she chose not to play a major role so as not to take away from Pippa’s day. Kate did, however, turn plenty of heads with a radiant peach tea-length dress by Alexander McQueen. Her signature nude pumps completed the ensemble. Kate and William’s children, George and Charlotte, were in the wedding as page boy and flower girl.
Middleton has been featured twice by People as one of the magazine’s best-dressed. She’s been a Style.com beauty queen and No. 1 on Vanity Fair’s best-dressed list four times, expected from someone who could be someday titled Queen of England.
For now though, a big part of Kate Middleton’s life is occupied by her role as a 35-year-old mom who looks after two children who happen to toddle around Kensington Palace, getting into the same mischief as other boys and girls. And for that, a pair of jeans, maybe joggers, and a simple T-shirt is all that’s required.
Prince William is now a full-time royal, meaning he largely lives his day-to-day life as a public political figure on the goodwill ambassador trail. Kate has royal duties, too — mostly appearances and speaking engagements.
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