The Kate Middleton Effect: A Look At The Duchess Of Cambridge's Most Celebrated Looksby | January 09, 2020
That the royals have an impact on the masses cannot be debated, but more so, the effect comes to be noticed further when it's with respect to fashion. Ever since the news of Kate Middleton's engagement to Prince William broke, she has had a tremendous impact on the business of fashion. Termed as the 'Kate Middleton effect'—owing to the fact that whatever she wears sells out in record timing—the Duchess of Cambridge's style has impacted many over the past decade.
On her birthday, we take a look at some of her most impressive looks—ranging from traditional clothing worn on foreign tours to her choices during royal engagements and, of course, her now-iconic wedding dress.
The royal couple's engagement announcement in 2010 saw her wearing a silk wrap dress comprising of gathered pleats by Issa, a label that relaunched five years later as House of Fraser. Quite unsurprisingly, the popularity of the dress caused it to be sold across 43 countries.
Who could forget the pristine white Alexander McQueen gown worn by the bride on her wedding day! Designed by creative director Sarah Burton, the lace ensemble with a remarkable train went on to dictate wedding trends for many years after.
A teal Jenny Packham gown comprising intricate lace, pleats and an ornate black belt was the choice of attire for an event in 2012, worn again in 2015 to establish the sustainable practice of repeating outfits.
At the St. Andrews 600th Anniversary Dinner in 2014, the Duchess opted for a dark green gown featuring an empire waist, emphasised by a black belt and complete with an almost off-shoulder neckline.
While attending Wimbledon in 2016, she once again went back to her favourite, Alexander McQueen, choosing a mid-length printed dress that featured the 'Obsessions Talisman' motif by the British design house.
During the tour of India and Bhutan with Prince William, the royal wore a printed maxi dress by designer Anita Dongre during a friendly match of cricket in Mumbai, the outfit selling out almost instantly and putting the 'Kate Middleton effect' to motion.
In Bhutan, the Duchess of Cambridge kept her look traditional, wearing an extensively embroidered white cape and a vibrant skirt by French label Paul and Joe.
Taking a route a tad bit different from her usually formal style of dressing, she wore a white gown with a crochet bodice by Self Portrait, but what made it distinctive was the thigh-high slit feature.
Another case of re-wearing is the dark green coat with black cuffs and collar details, by Catherine Walker, one of Princess Diana's favourite designers who made over 1000 outfits for her. The outerwear in discussion has been worn by the Duchess for numerous public appearances.
At the BAFTA Awards in 2017—the British equivalent of the Academy Awards—she wore a printed, off-shoulder Alexander McQueen offering, one that she has chosen to rewear a couple of times since.
For Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding ceremony, which saw millions across the world tuning in to watch, she picked a pale yellow silk coat by Alexander McQueen, teaming it with a matching fascinator and nude heels.
The royal tour of Pakistan once again saw her sticking to diplomatic dressing, opting for a striking blue kurta, straight trousers, and a dupatta in a vibrant blue hue, all of which sourced from a local designer and paired with statement earrings.
Shortly after the royal announcement of a third pregnancy in late 2017, the Duchess made an appearance at Paddington station in a pastel Orla Kiely dress with contrasting black highlights, her newly short hairstyle becoming a talking point.
Keeping it chic, she continued her streak of comfortable maternity fashion with a minimalistic mauve dress by Seraphine while attending the Royal Foundation Forum in London.
In a departure from her signature style, early 2019 saw the Duchess wearing a pair of wide-legged trousers, which was teamed with a bright pussy-bow blouse from Gucci. Putting her own spin to the outfit, she reversed the blouson to wear it backwards.