Kate Middleton’s Fashion Hits & Misses Of 2019

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Duchess Kate Middleton is undeniably one of the most stylish women in the world. Her outfit choices are constantly in the spotlight, many of which are spectacular and dazzling, but some of which fall victim to fashion criticism. In 2019 we noticed a significant shift in Kate’s wardrobe towards more trendy pieces like headbands, trousers and block heels, so follow along as we retrace all Kate’s fashion hits and misses of the year:

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23. Hit: Princess Charlotte’s First Day Of School – September 2019

Kate dazzled when she stepped out to personally walk Princess Charlotte to her first day of school in September! For the occasion, the Duchess wore a pink floral printed dress which she belted at the waist and paired with navy heels. The Duchess doesn’t opt for patterned pieces too often, so it was refreshing to see her step out in such a lovely floral print.

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22. Miss: The Nook – November 2019

Kate stepped out in November 2019 wearing this purple set that she’s worn on multiple occasions throughout the years. While the set itself isn’t too bad, we didn’t love the way she styled it for the occasion. The opaque black tights seemed a little outdated and we would have loved to see her make the outfit a little trendier with a patterned tight or funky heels.

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21. Hit: Wimbledon – July 2019

During Wimbledon in July 2019, Kate wore what appeared to be a custom Emilia Wickstead creation. The dress was made of a soft, crepe-material and featured unique pleating around the shoulders. She topped the look with a Royal purple pin on one side of her dress and a pair of pointed-toe nude heels. The entire look was gorgeous and unique!

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20. Miss: Braid Arts Centre – February 2019

Kate stepped out in early 2019 wearing this blue belted coat paired with navy accessories while visiting the Braid Arts Centre. While we love this contrasting color combo of dark and light blue, we can’t say we’re the biggest fans of this specific coat. The short cape detail on the sleeves felt like an unnecessary embellishment that distracted from the otherwise quite polished piece.

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19. Hit: Pakistan Tour – October 2019

Kate definitely stole the show when she stepped off the plane for the first official royal appearance in Pakistan this year! She opted for a Pakistan-inspired ensemble in a gorgeous shade of aqua blue with an ombre effect. The look was a twist on the traditional Pakistani shalwar kameez which consisted of a flowing top and a pair of fitted Catherine Walker pants. She paired the look with nude heels and wore her hair in her classic blowout.


18. Miss: Buckingham Palace – March 2019

Kate stepped out to attend an event at Buckingham Palace in March 2019 wearing this soft seafoam green dress with dainty buttons trailing the front. We have to admit this wasn’t one of our favorite looks of hers in 2019. The sleeves and high-neckline felt a little matronly and the color seemed to wash out her complexion.

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17. Hit: Belfast Empire Hall – February 2019

Kate visited the Empire Music Hall in February 2019 dressed to the nines wearing a glittering Lurex Missoni midi dress in a striking shade of pale aquamarine. The mermaid-inspired gown featured a flattering pleated skirt, an empire waist, and billowing sleeves. We absolutely love the sheer detailing on the sleeves of this dress which really gives it an evening appropriate quality without lacking in the modesty department.


16. Miss: Henry Fawcett Children’s Centre – March 2019

In March 2019, Kate stepped out wearing this purple pussy-bow top which she paired with wide-leg black trousers. While we can certainly appreciate how this look feels both traditional and modern at the same time, we’re not sure it was one of her best looks of the year. The pants needed more tailoring as they seemed to drag on the ground and drown her figure.

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15. Hit: Portrait Gala – March 2019

Kate attended the portrait gala in March 2019 wearing a black floral Alexander McQueen dress with a tiered skirt that looked quite familiar for many Royal fans. Kate initially wore the floral embellished number at the 2017 BAFTAS; however, this time, there was one noticeable difference about the look. The first time Kate wore this dress the sleeves were a dainty off-the-shoulder style. In 2019, however, Kate decided to make an alteration to the dress and added a flattering cap sleeve which made it appear much more modest and formal. She paired the gown with teardrop earrings, black heels, and a matching clutch.

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14. Miss: Scout’s Early Years Pilot – March 2019

Kate stepped out in March 2019 to attend a Scout’s event wearing this burgundy and olive green casual ensemble. This look simply felt a little drab and dark in comparison to her other casual looks throughout the year. Considering this appearance took place in early spring, we would have loved to see Kate incorporate more vibrant, light colors into this appearance.

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13. Hit: Natural History Museum – October 2019

While visiting the Natural History Museum in October 2019, the Duchess opted for a gorgeous fall color combination: plum and olive green. In the past, the Duchess has favored dresses and skirts for many of her public appearances, but in 2019 we definitely witnessed a shift towards more trendier looks like trousers and culottes. It’s been refreshing seeing her style evolve! We absolutely love this combo of the khaki culottes from Jigsaw and plum sweater with a scalloped neckline. She also accessorized with a perfectly coordinating Chanel bag and buckled pumps.

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12. Miss: Aga Khan Centre – October 2019

In October 2019, Kate Middleton attended an event at the Aga Khan Centre wearing this floating turquoise chiffon dress. While we actually really love this color on Kate’s skin tone, we didn’t love the green sash and emerald shoes that were paired with it. The combination of the blue and green seemed to clash more than complement each other.

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11. Hit: Commonwealth Day – March 2019

In March 2019, Kate opted for an ensemble designed by Catherine Walker in a rich shade of cherry red for Commonwealth Day. We absolutely love the bold button detail which trails the front of this coat since it adds an eye-catching pop of metallic to the monochrome ensemble. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Kate wear this look! She first stepped out wearing this ensemble back in 2014 while visiting New Zealand. In 2014, however, she left her hair down in glossy curls. This time, she changed things up and opted for a low chignon.

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10. Miss: RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival – July 2019

Kate stepped out in July 2019 wearing a blue printed dress while attending the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival. We have to admit we weren’t the biggest fans of this look in comparison to some of her other ensembles this year! The print seemed a little outdated and lackluster. We would have much preferred to see her in a more classic floral print or polka dot.

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9. Hit: 100 Women in Finance Gala Dinner – February 2019

Kate Middleton looked like a walking valentine when she opted for this sweet pink dress for the 100 Women in Finance Gala Dinner in February 2019. We love the two-tone detailing of this look and the gorgeous contrasting burgundy velvet.

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8. Miss: Back To Nature Festival – September 2019

In September 2019, Kate attended a garden-themed event wearing this pale blue and fuschia floral gown. This look simply felt a little out of season for a September occasion and felt better suited for the spring or summer. We also didn’t love the pair of mauve wedges she paired the look with which didn’t seem to match the colors of the dress.

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7. Hit: State Banquet – June 2019

Kate was a vision in white when she stepped out to attend the Queen’s State Banquet with Prince William at Buckingham Palace in June 2019. For the occasion, she wore a floor-sweeping Alexander McQueen dress that was unlike anything we’ve ever seen her wear! The dress featured soft cap sleeves and full ruffles trailing from top to bottom. Kate topped the formal look with her favorite tiara: the Lover’s Knot tiara, which was also a favorite of Princess Diana.

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6. Miss: Royal Ascot – June 2019

One of the most notable fashion looks of Royal Ascot this year was Kate Middleton’s cornflower blue look. The Duchess of Cambridge wore a whimsical polka-dotted dress designed by Ellie Saab from her 2019 Resort collection. The dress featured a pussy-bow collar detail, sheer sleeves and lace embroidered throughout which she topped with a fascinator. We have to admit we weren’t the biggest fans of this look as it felt a little matronly and overly conservative rather than chic and trendy.

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5. Hit: BAFTA’s – February 2019

Kate dazzled at the 2019 BAFTA Awards in this the whimsical and floaty white dress. The Duchess always nails her BAFTAs look each year and 2019 was no exception. We love the frilly shoulder detail of this dress which was the perfect example of glamour without going overboard.


4. Miss: Islington Community Garden – January 2019

When it comes to casual attire, Kate typically opts for cropped coats and polished jeans. Often she pulls off these looks just as well as she would a ballgown, but we have to admit we weren’t the biggest fans of this olive green casual look in January 2019. The coat seemed to cut off her body at an unflattering length and the combat boots didn’t feel the most refined.

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3. Hit: Pakistan Gala – October 2019

Kate’s most glam show-stopping moment of the Pakistan tour was when she stepped out to attend a special reception to enjoy some of the creative talents in Pakistan. She was a vision in green when she stepped out wearing a floor-length sequin gown by Jenny Packham. She pulled her hair into a sweeping half-up hairstyle and accessorized with gold statement earrings by Onitaa.

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2. Miss: Pakistan Tour – October 2019

During the Pakistan tour, Kate also had a few fashion misses. While the royal duo visited the beautiful Hindu Kush mountain range, the Duchess wore a brown midi skirt, a leather vest, and a brown collared shirt. Rather than her typical Duchess pumps, Kate opted for something a little more practical with a pair of knee-high flat brown boots. This monotone brown color scheme seemed quite dull and uninteresting in comparison to some of her more eye-catching looks throughout the year!


1. Hit: Palladium Theatre – November 2019

Kate looked stunning when she stepped out at the Palladium Theatre in November 2019 wearing this elegant lace dress. The look was designed by Alexander McQueen and featured dramatic sheer lace floating on a nude underlay. The garment also featured flattering velvet detailing which acted as a belt around her waist and trailed the neckline of the dress.

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Olivia Di Pede

Olivia Di Pede

Olivia loves all things fashion, beauty, and entertainment. In her free time, she can be found taking yoga classes, reading thriller novels, and styling outfits on Instagram.