We’ve all seen the lists: Top 10 Wardrobe Staples, The Classics You Absolutely Must Own…almost every fashion authority has one. There are some items that appear on these lists again and again, elevating them to “must have” status for our wardrobes. Normally, we watch Kate set the trends. But does she follow these fashion rules and wear the staples that have been deemed essential to a wardrobe? And if Kate wears wardrobe staples, how does she freshen them up and make them her own?
A neutral trench coat is so versatile; it’s easy to see why it makes the cut on many of these lists. Kate must agree since she’s been seen in a number of trenches in different neutral colors. She dresses them up with tights and heels or down with jeans and flats. Kate even wore a casual trench near the very end of her pregnancy with George. It works for everyday and at nine months’ pregnant—how’s that for versatile?! A well-made, fitted trench is a great addition to any wardrobe, princess or not!
We know Kate loves her heels, but even princesses need to give their feet a break. She knows what we all do—woman cannot live in heels alone. On relaxed occasions, Kate often reaches for this favorite wardrobe staple—ballet flats! We most often see Kate in these comfy shoes when she is out of the public eye, doing everyday things like grocery shopping and running errands. We love this wardrobe staple (and predict Kate does, too) because it’s elegant, ladylike, and comfortable. A sporty alternative that Kate loves are boat shoe-style flats. Like her ballet flats, they’re comfortable and polished at the same time. Our tip for trying them out: Keep the rest of your outfit neat and put-together so they don’t look sloppy.
No wardrobe is complete without a good pair of dark jeans. Plus, dark denim is slimming and dressier than its lighter counterpart. The perfect dark jeans can easily be dressed down (see: ballet flats) or dressed up with heels. We’re definitely on board with this wardrobe staple. And from the looks of it, Kate is, too!
From black to indigo, the Duchess loves her dark denim. And it’s easy to see why. She wears pairs that are fitted, flattering, and the perfect length for the shoes she’s wearing. Take a page out of Kate’s style book and invest in the perfect pair of dark jeans—it’s worth it!