Kate Middleton's 10 Style Essentials
Kate Middleton, 28, a former assistant accessories buyer for British fashion chain Jigsaw, easily walks the line between fanciful and fashionable with her small feathered toppers, which she donned to attend the weddings of friends in July 2008 and August 2009, respectively.
Bold, form-fitting evening wear – like this turquoise BCBG dress she wore in June 2006 to charity event The Boodles Boxing Ball – show off Middleton's graceful figure. Naturally, she debuted an equally stunning sherbet pink Issa gown two years later at the same event.
Nothing says preppy like classic riding boots – and Middleton pairs hers with everything from feminine dresses to simple jeans, which she topped off with brown boots for a night out in June 2008.
Middleton, who favors sharply tailored coats and jackets, is poised to attend her first official royal engagement at William's graduation from the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst, England, in December 2006.
Middleton isn't afraid to show off some skin in figure-flattering yet ladylike wrap dresses. She wore a red polka-dot number to a polo match in 2006, then revisited the look a year later in a black and white print.
Her downtime look? Sleek dark denim, which Middleton pairs here in June 2009 with a feminine top and a leather jacket to attend a charity polo match.
The British press often points to Middleton's collection of suede knee-high boots as her ultimate style signature – an accessory she pairs with her checked and plaid pencil skirts for busy days in London.
While Middleton tends to keep her accessories simple, she does favorite one statement piece – long beaded necklaces – worn with everything from jeans to chic sheaths.
What to wear out for a night in London with the future King of England? A flirty, printed frock, of course! Middleton gives a nod to mod in 2007, then shows off her flower power in another pretty dress a year later.