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The Duchess of Cambridge style file


Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, has become an international style icon since she came to fame as the girlfriend and later wife of Prince William. We take a look at the brands she loves to wear and the best pieces to buy to achieve the effortless chic for which she is known

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As one of the world’s most famous women, it’s no surprise that the wardrobe choices of the Duchess of Cambridge come under close scrutiny. Even before she married His Royal Highness Prince William, her every outfit was being closely analysed, and often emulated: the publicity and increase in sales that her patronage could bring to a brand became known as the Kate Middleton effect (referencing her maiden name).

Today, the Duchess remains a highly influential figure and is regularly named on international best-dressed lists. Known for a chic and easy style, she is polished but not too polished, smart but not too smart. The young royal favours well-cut dresses and coats that emphasise her small waist, and when it comes to accessories she chooses classic styles that can be worn with a variety of outfits. The Duchess is noted for repeating outfits and items she loves, whether it is nude court shoes or a tailored jacket. She navigates the rules of royal dressing with aplomb, and continues to have women the world over envying her signature style.

We've gathered together a selection of the brands the Duchess is known to love so that you, too, can achieve her brand of easy elegance. From the catwalk labels she loves to the make-up palette she uses to achieve her signature smoky eye, these are the products to buy to help you capture the style of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

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