Kate Middleton Always Wears the Trend I'd Happily Ditch My Skinny Jeans For

We've noticed a trend within the styling of Catherine, Princess of Wales. During her visit to Boston as part of the U.S tour alongside William, Prince of Wales, Kate appeared for a series of engagements and proved, yet again, that denim is not the only way to pull together an easy, chic outfit. Wearing a look that was very reminiscent of a navy ensemble she chose on a royal tour last year (more on those looks below) she assembled a burgundy and pink, tonal outfit with a trouser style that is fast becoming her signature: tailored flares.


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On Kate Middleton: Chanel bag, Gianvito Rossi heels. 

Kate's endlessly chic style has inspired plenty of outfits for us over the years, from casual outfits composed of much-loved & Other Stories jeans and Veja trainers, to elegant red carpet gowns. But its the in between of these two extremes of casual and dressed-up that really excites us. Kate's appearances require the balance of smart and chic, and we've noticed that her signature tailored flares are the perfect combination of both. In a couple of styling moves that are now recognisably very HRH, Kate chose to go tonal (a move that makes any outfit simpler), to add in some classic pearl earrings and to ensure that her flared trousers were (probably) tailored just so, in order to sit neatly above her pointed-toe shoes and to only just scrape the ground. Personally, I'm obsessed with flared trousers and would gladly trade my skinny jeans for them because they look so polished without trying hard. Plus, they're great for elongating your frame when worn with heels.

Scroll down to see a selection of Royal Tour images and shop the tailored flare trend for yourself.

Look #1



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On Kate Middleton: Tory Burch Silk Satin Polka Dot Blouse; Jigsaw trousers


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On Kate Middleton: Tory Burch Silk Satin Polka Dot Blouse; Jigsaw trousers

Look #2


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On Kate Middleton: Simone Rocha Earrings


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On Kate Middleton: Hobbs coat; Emmy London Josie Pumps

Look #3


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On Kate Middleton: Accessorize earrings; Ralph Lauren suede boots; Cornelia James gloves; York Scarves scarf

Look #4


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On Kate Middleton: Strathberry Multrees Chai Wallet (£255)


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Look #5


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On Kate Middleton: Brora x Troy London Supersoft Lambswool Fair Isle Sweater (£195); Hobbs coat

Look #6


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On Kate Middleton: Emilia Wickstead skirt; Spells of Love Alia Hoop 18k Gold Plated Earrings (£62); Ralph Lauren Suede Boots


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On Kate Middleton: Grace Han Love Letter Small Top Handle Bag (£1,595)


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This story was published an earlier time and has since been updated.

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Erin got her start as a Who What Wear intern over 13 years ago—back when the site only published a single story per day. (Who What Wear has since increased that number twentyfold.) She graduated magna cum laude from USC, which is how she ended up moving to Los Angeles from her hometown of San Diego. In college, she also interned at Refinery29, where she was promoted to editorial assistant and then assistant editor. After nearly three years at R29, she came back to WWW in 2016, where she currently holds the title of Associate Director of Fashion News (as well as the unofficial title of resident royal expert—in case you haven't noticed her numerous Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton stories). She spends her days trying to incorporate her idols, Anna Wintour and Roger Federer, into as many stories as possible. Outside of work, she loves tennis, classic rock, traveling, and smothering her dog with affection.