8 Spring Trends Kate Middleton Would Totally Wear

When it comes to Kate Middleton’s style, "polished perfection" are the words that immediately come to mind. While her closet errs on the classic side, there’s no doubt Kate likes to experiment with a few subtle trend-forward pieces too. So now that spring is upon us, what popular trends can we expect to see the duchess wearing this season? From polka dots to heeled loafers and tailored separates, below we're sharing eight spring trends that we think the duchess would wear. And with her penchant for mixing designer pieces with more affordable picks, you can easily shop these Kate Middleton–approved trends no matter your budget. Read on for the stylish trends off the S/S 20 runways that we foresee Kate wearing this season.

Tailored Separates

Sophisticated suits and relaxed tailored separates are having a major moment for spring 2020, with designers everywhere—from Victoria Beckham to MaxMara—giving the conservative ensemble a modern update. We've already seen Kate embrace tailored trousers and beautifully fitted blazers in the past, so we're sure she'll be quick to take on the fresh suiting trends we saw on the runways.


On the Runway:
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On Middleton: Smythe Duchess Blazer ($695); L.K.Bennett Dora Clutch 


Polka Dots

Polka dots have become synonymous with Kate Middleton's style, and we guarantee you'll spot her in plenty more dots this season. The classic print was seen on practically every major runway in all colors, sizes, and styles. We could see Kate wearing this stunning Alessandra Rich frock below, which feels like it was practically made for her.


On the Runway:
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On Middleton: Suzannah Valerie Polka Squares Dress ($1500); Sézane belt; Ralph Lauren boots; Jimmy Choo Varenne Clutch ($995)


Heeled Loafers

Heeled loafers have always been popular among royals. (Queen Elizabeth II has worn her beloved custom-made Anello & Davide block-heel loafers with every stately outfit under the sun.) And while Kate tends to favor simple pumps as her heels of choice, we have a feeling we'll be seeing her in the preppy trend what with so many sophisticated styles to choose from this season.


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On Middleton: J.Crew heeled loafers


Puff Sleeves

While there were certainly plenty of OTT puff sleeves on the runways this season, there was a plethora of subtle iterations to suit every occasion from work meetings to parties. Kate Middleton is already a fan of the playful yet polished sleeve trend, and we can imagine seeing her in plenty more puff-sleeve blouses and dresses in all colors and fabrics.


On the Runway:
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On Middleton: Dolce & Gabbana dress


Belted Coat

Spring's belted jackets, coats, and blazers were practically made for Kate Middleton. There's no question that Kate is a huge fan of belted pieces, and we can't wait to see more of her in this season's most stylish iterations.


On the Runway:
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On Middleton: Mulberry Cape Coat


Vintage-Inspired Collars

We'd hazard a guess that Kate is going to love the pretty vintage-inspired collars coming out of the S/S 20 runways—from Ganni to Chanel and Tory Burch. We've already seen the duchess in ruffle collars and Victorian-inspired necklines, so this season's trend is naturally the next new style for her to give a whirl.


On the Runway:
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On Middleton: Oscar de la Renta vintage dress

Bold Red

Kate Middleton is no stranger to the head-turning effects of a bright and bold red ensemble, so now that the vibrant hue is trending for the spring/summer season, we anticipate to see the duchess in a lot more rouge at her events and tours.


On the Runway:
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On Middleton: Needle & Thread Aurora Gown; Gianvitto Rossi pumps


Raffia Bags

While raffia bags might not be the first bag trend we'd expect to see on the duchess, this season's natural bags come in sophisticated silhouettes with refined details—something Kate may choose to wear to a more relaxed affair such as Wimbledon.


On the Runway:
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On Middleton: Suzannah dress; Alexander McQueen woven clutch


Up next, the only four shoe styles Kate Middleton wears with dresses.

Judith Jones
Senior Fashion Market Editor

Judith Jones is the senior fashion market editor at Who What Wear who specializes in shopping content and trend stories with high-affiliate impact. She shares the coolest, most desirable fashion market finds and brands for every budget. Previous to working in fashion, Judith worked as a TV host on the PBS travel show Globe Trekker (airing on Netflix and Amazon Prime) sharing her passion for travel and culture.