20 Times Kate Middleton Actually Dressed Like a Fashion Editor

The Duchess of Cambridge's style is often considered a little bland for the fashion crowd (too many Breton tops, coat dresses, and beige patent pumps for the street style set's liking). Given that she's representing the royal family on an international stage, she needs to look polished and select classic items that'll photograph well and won't date after several months. It's no easy task to tick all these boxes while also pleasing the fashion crowd. Kate does balance this with making more fashion-forward choices, wearing unexpected London Fashion Week designers such as Simone Rocha and Barbara Casasola, experimenting with new silhouettes, and subtly nodding toward the latest trends. Scroll below to see 20 times Kate Middleton didn't wear what we expected.