The Queen thinks Duchess Kate should wear longer skirts (and more jewels!)
- One of our all-time favorites, this Jenny Packham gown she wore in 2012 is just perfection.
- Her custom-made Jenny Packham frock for showing off newborn Prince George was simple, pretty and just right.
- Duh, a list of her best looks couldn't possibly exclude her Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen wedding gown!
- We know Kate loves lace (and so do we) so we were big fans of this Erdem dress with lace-accented shoulders.
- We loved her canary yellow Jenny Packham dress, even if the wind at the Calgary International Airport sought to fight with it!
- During her pregnancy this year Kate was radiant in polka dots -- plus the dress is from Topshop, so it's even better!
- Kate looked lovely at the BAFTA awards in Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.
- One of everyone's favorite dresses, Kate wore Issa for the couple's engagement photos.
- This military-style ensemble by Alexander McQueen is one of our favorites.
- Kate attended a film premiere in this gorgeous dress by Matthew Williamson, and the designer added the embellishment along the neckline just for her.
- Kate looked pretty as can be in this coatdress by Jesire.
- Shortly before welcoming baby George, Kate wore a custom dress and jacket by Jenny Packham to the Queen's Coronation celebration.
- Kate's emerald Emilia Wickstead coatdress is gorgeous - and perfect for St. Patricks day.
- Kate looked lovely in floral Erdem.
- We were so bummed to know this primrose lace dress is by an independent designer, because we want it!
- Kate looked perfect in Alexander McQueen for George's christening.
- This vibrant yellow Emilia Wickstead coat was a great maternity look.
- One of Kate's favorite dresses (and one of ours!) she has worn this Temperley London gown a few times.
- The Duchess is stunning in this emerald dress by the brand Mulberry.
- And duh, wedding dress part 2!
- Kate's powder blue Emilia Wickstead dress was this editor's favorite maternity look.
- We're obsessed with this Alexander McQueen piece -- Kate looks fierce!
- The best part about this Orla Kiely dress is that the pattern is small birds! Too cute.
- Kate had a very colorful pregnancy, here in a bespoke coat by Mulberry.
- Kate stunned at SportsBall in Temperley London.
- Kate may have worn her belt upside-down on this MaxMara coat, but we still loved it.
- It's easy to look fashionable in thousand dollar dresses, but the Duchess can dress down, too!
- A wrap dress is one of the most flattering silhouettes, and Kate chose this one by MaxMara earlier this year.
- Kate wore a stunning blue patterned Jane Troughton coat to a friend's wedding, paired with a Jane Corbett fascinator and black court shoes.
- Alexander McQueen, of course. And isn't this coat amazing?
- The Duchess looked pretty in a grey shift dress by Roksanda Ilincic.
- Hey, stripes are totally fashionable.
The Queen isn't too keen on the Duchess of Cambridge's hemlines, apparently. It is being reported by the Mail on Sunday that Queen Elizabeth would like Kate's wardrobe to take a step up on the royal scale when she and William head to Australia and New Zealand in April.
The tweaking of Kate's wardrobe will be "a subtle but significant regal makeover," according to the Mail. The Queen is lending Kate her personal dresser, Angela Kelly, to help prepare the new mother for the trip. Along with encouraging the Duchess to lean more towards couture and designer pieces and away from high street brands, she will be offered many of the Queen's statement jewels and be expected to wear "tiaras favored by the Queen and Queen Mother."
It'll sure be a change if Kate stops rocking Zara jewelry and Topshop dresses. She'll look lovely, of course, in her meticulously planned out wardrobe, but we've always loved the Duchess' ability to re-wear favorite pieces and mix expensive with inexpensive. The goal is apparently to make Kate appear "more royal than ever," under the Queen's watchful eye. As the wife of an heir to the throne and now a mother to the next heir, it seems expectations are being raised steadily for Kate.
It is known that the Duchess has already been speaking with some of her favorite designers, Alice Temperley and Alexander McQueen (Sarah Burton), who are creating custom gowns and day dresses for her. According to the Mail, "the frilled, girlish frocks she likes have been outlawed in case they detract from the newly grown-up image she needs to project and also to prevent any wardrobe malfunctions." Well, we know the wind isn't always a flowy skirt's best friend, so caution may be wise there.
Okay, okay, so we had a sufficient freak out when Kate wore a tiara late last year. So we won't be upset to see her in more sparkly jewels come April. We just hope she still has creative control over her own wardrobe, and longer hemlines or not, it'll still have that Kate flair.
Click through the gallery above to see Kate's best looks.
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