Fashion Kate
Ms. Middleton has a flair for modern looks and royal sophistication.


Bradley Scott

A billion pairs of eyes are now glued to Prince William’s fiancée Kate Middleton. So what of the bride-to-be’s fashion sense? As the following snaps reveal, the budding royal is embracing modernity and fashion relevance over stuffy convention — much in the style of the groom’s late mother, Princess Diana. Across her wardrobe, from topcoats and suits to evening wear and theme-party attire, Kate is taking to her role in the House of Windsor’s novel with both style and swagger.

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On the day of her engagement announcement, Kate looks exquisite in a silk jersey-wrap dress in a V-neck style. The sapphire-blue color choice is just right, matching the engagement ring that Charles first gave Diana. And Kate’s above-the-knee style is decidedly appropriate for a modern princess — although not all that much changes for the royal men. Inset, note the similar apparel choices of father and son on their engagement-announcement days, from the single-breasted navy suits to the white pocket fabric.