Kate Middleton’s Best Outfits From November Act As The Perfect Style Guide For Holiday Season
If you had to sum up Kate Middleton's best outfits in just a few words, which adjectives would land at the top of your list? The Duchess of Cambridge never fails to piece together ensembles that are equal parts fashion-forward, refined, and timeless — and her Nov. 2018 lineup has certainly been no exception. That's what makes Middleton's style the ideal guide for holiday dressing (no matter your plans).
Middleton has made a handful of staples a mainstay in her wardrobe (read: classic, knee-length frocks and colorful coat dresses), and she's certainly not afraid to re-wear the pieces she really loves. But in recent weeks, the Duchess has slowly started to take some fashion risks, opting for brighter, bolder hues and statement-making accessories that, while outside of her wheelhouse, still exude her signature elegance and class. It's safe to say Middleton has built a well-rounded wardrobe over the years — one that's certain to have something for every occasion, whether it's a black-tie affair or a casual gathering.
Though there are no distinct dressing rules when it comes to piecing together a holiday party outfit, it's likely you want one that's elegant, on trend, and, most importantly, comfortable. Ahead, three of Middleton's very best outfits from her recent engagements that are perfect for every type of holiday party, along with The Zoe Report's roundup of trend-forward staples you'll need to recreate each look yourself.
The Pleated Dress
On Nov. 15, the Duchess of Cambridge visited the BBC in London wearing what might be one of her brightest look to date: a vibrant turquoise coat dress from one of her all-time favorite designers, Emilia Wickstead. The piece, which was plucked from Wickstead's fall 2013 ready-to-wear collection, features a subtle, square-cut neckline, a pleated skirt, and side-button detailing. This wasn't the first time she was spotted in the elegant number — and it wasn't the second, either.
The Nov. 15 sighting marked the third time Middleton has turned to the classic, colorful coat dress. Each time, there were slight styling differences, but the elements that remained the same? Simple heels and understated jewels that offered up a bit of sparkle. This holiday season, make like Middleton and try out a dress with a pleated skirt. Not only will it look incredibly elegant, but it offers just the right amount of movement for dancing the night away.
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Barbara Pleated Crepe Midi Dress
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When in doubt, go for a bold, red number this holiday season. The pleated, flowy skirt is so chic and the pearl buttons make it feel glam without being too over the top.
Philly Pleated Cloqué Midi Dress
What better way to emulate Middleton's style than by turning to one of her favorite designers? While an unexpected shade for a holiday party, this soft-pink number is a pretty pick that can easily be dressed up with metallic heels and glitzy jewels.
One Shoulder Metallic Pleated Dress
Here's a pleated party dress that's certain to steal the show the second you set foot into the room. Designed in a lightweight, shimmery gold fabric, this piece will shine all night. Plus, the one-shoulder neckline is great for showing off your sparkly jewels.
The Skirt Set
If you're wanting to go a slightly more untraditional route with your holiday-party look (or, you're just not really a dress person), look toward this Middleton-approved outfit as a guiding light. On Nov. 21, the Duchess was photographed at the University College in London sporting a dark-red wool skirt and coordinating double-breasted blazer. To combat the chill temperatures, she added in black tights and a warm, wool turtleneck, topping off this perfect, festive ensemble with gold hoop earrings, simple black pumps, and a matching black clutch.
Next time you're struggling to piece together a classy yet unique holiday look, take note from Middleton and pair a skirt — whether mini, midi, or maxi — with a matching top. Don't forget to throw in a few glitzy pieces, like chandelier earrings or a fun, crystal-embellished bag for a ensemble that's refined and glam.
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Feather-Trimmed Wool And Silk-Blend Top
Here's a top that's certain to be memorable. Pair it with its coordinating skirt, keeping your accessories simple and understated (you don't want to take away from the feather trim).
Wool And Silk-Blend Midi Skirt
This isn't your average office pencil skirt. The soft yellow hue is simply stunning and feels like a breath of fresh air amongst the dark reds and greens that typically take over during the holiday season. Team it with the coordinating top, finishing off the look with velvet platform pumps.
Knit Sweater With Buttons
If you're looking to freshen up your sweater arsenal, invest in this knit with elegant, gold-button detailing. Pair it with its matching skirt come holiday season, adding in green jewels and silver pumps for that sought-after sparkle and shine.
Knit Mini Skirt With Buttons
This is one skirt you'll want to scoop up before it's completely sold out. It's so easy to dress up or down, and the gold-button detailing adds just the right amount of shine.
The Velvet-Trimmed Piece
Velvet shows zero signs of slowing down this season. Everyone from Olivia Munn to Lea Michele has donned the luxe fabric, but if you're not ready to dive head-first into the trend with a full velvet look, take some style cues from Middleton. On Nov. 11, the Duchess attended the Remembrance Day service at Westminster Abbey in London, wearing a dark-green Catherine Walker coat dress that featured understated velvet trim on the collar, pockets, and sleeves.
She accessorized the outfit with black pumps and a velvet Jane Taylor hat that was designed to resemble a crescent moon. The main takeaway from Middleton's elegant evening look? Even a subtle touch of the glistening fabric goes a long way. What's more, the market is chock-full of velvet-trimmed pieces that are perfect for any upcoming holiday party, so you'll have no problem finding something that's in line with your personal taste.
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Techne Velvet-Trimmed Satin Mini Dress
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This elegant, robe-inspired dress fuses together two of the most elegant fabrics: satin and velvet. For your next holiday gathering, add in embellished pumps, statement earrings, and a swipe of lipgloss for a stunning ensemble.
Burnout Velvet Tie Sleeve Blouse
If you're looking for a piece with slightly more noticeable velvet detailing, look no further than this blouse by Christian Siriano. The midnight-blue velvet is so elegant, and the exaggerated sleeves make it the perfect party top.
Black Widow Kimono
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The emerald-green kimono is too perfect to pass up. Plus, it makes for an easy, fuss-free party outfit that doesn't require much work. Throw it on over sleek black jeans, adding in a few sparkly accessories and a red lip to complete the look.