Ever since Kate Middleton became engaged to Prince William in November 2010, she hasn't been off our style radar. In the early days, her outfit choices were often safe and conservative. But, after wearing a Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen wedding dress in April 2011, we've been seeing lots more of her elegant yet edgy side! The Duchess of Cambridge flies the flag for British fashion wherever she goes. Self-styled, she has a natural ability to mix high street favourites (Zara, LK Bennett, Whistles, Reiss) with fashion-forward high-end pieces (Alice Temperly, Issa, more McQueen!) flawlessly. We think it's in the Middleton family genes - just like the trademark glossy hair and gorgeous skin. Her younger sister, Pippa Middleton has also become one of the world's most closely watched women since the Royal Wedding. Last year alone, 'The Kate Effect' (that buying frenzy that takes place as soon as she leaves the house) apparently contributed £1billion to the British economy. She may be a Princess for a while yet, but when it comes to fashion, Kate's Britain's Queen.
Kate Middleton Order of Garter Service June 2012
Kate Middleton shines in white at the Order of the Garter service; in a stunning McQueen Coat and her favorite Jane Corbett head piece.
Kate Middleton Fortnum & Mason March 2012
Kate Middleton bought this two year old Missoni coat at Bicester Village and since purchasing Missoni have said that they will re-release it! She has accesorised it perfectly with a pair of blue suede heels.
Kate Middleton Imperial War Museum April 2012
Kate Middleton looked stunning in a gun-metal knee length dress and a dramatic gold belt to add some glam.
Kate Middleton at Queen’s Jubilee in patriotic red Alexander McQueen 2012
This has to be our most loved Jubilee look for Kate, in strikin red Alexander McQueen dress (it's a sleeved version of a former design from A/W 2011) with a beautiful red hat by Sylvia Fletcher.
Kate Middleton at Wedding in Katherine Hooker 2012
For the June wedding, Kate opted for light grey silk 'Buxton' coat by Katherine Hooker, a cappuccino-coloured 1940s-inspired fascinator designed by The Whiteley Hat Company, finishing off her look with her favourite, nude LK Bennett heels.
Kate Middleton at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee service in Alexander McQueen 2012
Our fave Royal rocked McQueen once again in this lacey number teamed up with fascinator and pearls during the Jubilee.
Kate Middleton at the Queen’s Annual Summer Garden Party 2012
Kate wore Emilia Wickstead frock to attend the Queen's annual summer garden party held at Buckingham Palace mixed with stunning pale pink hat designed by Jane Corbett.
Kate Middleton at Audi Polo Ascot 2012
Wearing a printed sea-green ‘Rebecca’ dress by Libélula and nude wedges by Stuart Weitzman Kate stunned once again, regardless of the windy weather.
Kate Middleton attends Olympic Gala 2012
The Olympic gala saw Kate opt for the daring choice in teal lace Jenny Packham.
Kate Middleton at Claridges Hotel 2012
Kate looked gorgeous outside Claridges Hotel in London draped in white Roland Mouret with subtle, silver accessories.
Kate Middleton at London 2012 Olympic Park March 2012
Kate opted for a cute but grown up take on the classic preppy collegiate look.
Kate Middleton with the GB hockey team March 2012
Kate simply switched out her navy pumps for sneakers and her blazer for a casual hoodie to join the GB hokey team.
Kate Middleton in Liverpool
The Duchess of Cambridge was out visiting a children's hospital in Liverpool where she chose to wrap up in the cold weather in the Celeste flared coat from Hobbs with a dress with 3/4 sleeves and a gold buckle belt from Oasis.
Kate Middleton at the National Portrait Gallery
Spotted at the National Portrait Gallery, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a grey tweed coat dress featuring a flared skirt,a folded shawl neckline and an ornate belt, ensured the young royal looked ultra chic. To accessorise the dress, she wore a pair of black court shoes and a black clutch.
Kate Middleton at the Royal Albert Hall
Kate Middleton stepped out in a gorgeous tulip dress teamed with black tights, courts and her beloved Ralph Lauren black blazer to watch X Factor judge to watch Gary Barlow's charity concert for the Prince's Trust.
Kate Middleton in Amanda Wakeley
For a public visit, Kate picked a simple shift dress by British designer Amanda Wakeley, worn with her favourite LK Bennett nude heels.
Kate Middleton in a navy coat
Kate wore this double-breasted Alexander McQueen coat and pillbox hat to present medals to the Irish Guards.
Kate Middleton in Alexander McQueen
Ahoy there! It's nautical chic all the way with Kate's 20s-inspired Alexander McQueen sailor dress.
Kate Middleton in LA
To meet celebrities at BAFTA on a trip to Los Angeles, Kate called on Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen once again.
Kate Middleton in Whistles
For an appearance in Los Angeles, Kate wore her trusty favourite combo of navy and white, in an outfit from Whistles.
Kate Middleton in Burberry
A classic with a twist, Kate wore a double-breasted Burberry coat with frilled hem for a trip to Belfast. The coat sold out soon after!
Even more celebrity styles...
Rachel Bilson joined fellow fashion darlings Alexa Chung, Blake Lively and Clemance Posey in the front row of Chanel's Cruise 2011-12 show. Rachel made sure she looked the part by dressing in classic black and white Chanel with a little edge: Leather shorts, with a white, pearl studded top under a loose-fitting black blazer and patent court shoes.
Pippa caused slight controversy in this black number flashing a hint of her bra; we love this cheeky edge and how she finishes the look with cool black shades.