Royal Wedding: Are you desperate to steal Kate Middleton’s style?

So, it’s the Royal Wedding next Friday. While the Fashion Police are viewing the upcoming nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton purely as an opportunity for a day off, however, if the many, many fashion PRs who communicate with us every day are to be believed (And just to be clear: they’re not), the rest of the country – and perhaps the world – view Kate Middleton as the greatest! style icon! ever! and are just desperate to “steal her style”.

Really?

If this is true, then colour us amazed. Don’t get us wrong: we like Kate. She’s a beautiful girl, and she seems like a nice person, from what we can gather, anyway. But a style icon? No. While she’s unfailingly elegant, as befits someone who’s about to become a member of the Royal family, we can’t help finding Ms Middleton’s style a little… dull.  (And this is distinct from the kind of “safe” dressing that made Audrey Hepburn and Jackie O icons. You could call that kind of timeless elegance “boring”, but we’d beg to differ: it’s not that we think everyone has to be “edgy” – heaven forbid! It’s just that we’ve never really looked at Kate Middleton and thought, “Must have that dress NOW!”)

Of course, we should probably add here that we don’t blame Kate herself for any of this. Adventurous dressing and being married to the future king don’t really go hand in hand, after all, and just because she’s marrying a prince, it doesn’t necessarily follow that Kate is remotely interested in fashion – or that she should be. Our surprise isn’t that Kate dresses the way she does, because she always seems appropriate for the occasion/her position: it’s that the fashion industry seems to want us to regard her as the next great fashion icon.

Interested in fashion or not, she is about to become one of the most photographed women in the world, and the media are already declaring her to be the best dressed woman of the decade, while trying desperately to convince us that you all want to dress exactly like her. Do you? We’ve put together a little Kate Middleton gallery to help you decide…

(P.S. We’d love it if this discussion could remain free of any weight-related attacks or body snarking: remember, criticise clothes, not people!)

[All images: Fame]

15 Comments

  • April 21, 2011

    Arielle

    I think she’s definitely beautiful and it would be an accurate description to say she is well dressed. I would wear these outfits. However, I don’t think I would refer to her as a style icon. This is meant as an observation, not a criticism, but she seems to be lacking in some kind of intangible quality that would set her apart from other women and make her iconic, in a way that what she wore would become associated with her. (The way Marilyn Monroe’s famous white dress, for instance, is associated with her.)

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  • April 21, 2011

    Benthe

    Style icon..? I say nay!

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  • April 21, 2011

    Cookie

    Well, I’m not sure about the whole style icon thing, but she does dress (in the lack of a better word) politely. And it is a delightful change from the fashion disasters a lot of designers try to push on us, and the high-street horror that keeps popping up all the time. I say Yay to girls finding a role-model in her wardrobe, and then working on their own personal style from there. But then again, I’m a vintage enthusiast 😉

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  • April 21, 2011

    helen

    I agree with boring

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  • April 21, 2011

    Natasha

    She always looks perfectly decent, but yes – dull. All the pieces are nice, but there is nothing to – for lack of a better word – “carry” the outfits. They lack anything that would make them distinct and add her own personal touch. The media are desperate for another Diana, and they are determined to find a new icon in Kate. I’m not sure she has that star quality that Diana had, though.

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  • April 22, 2011

    Daisy

    I agree, the icon status is seriously overhyped. She dresses like a proper young lady, but I wouldn’t even get the pieces she wears, even if I could pimp them with better accessories.

    It’s weird that I look upto the Dutch princess Maxima’s style instead, as she is about 15 years older than me. But she is always so well dressed, with a touch of quirky about her at the same time, and she is about to become queen! (next week, if the rumours are true).

    Kate Middleton a style icon? NO.

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  • April 22, 2011

    Jane

    Even though she dresses nicely, she doesn’t dress any differently from the thousands of other well dressed young women in Britain. I guess you can say her style is kinda predictable, as she’s definitely not a style icon like Princess Diana, but respectable for somebody in the royal family.

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  • April 22, 2011

    Milly

    You’re right of course. She dresses like a royal-to-be, which is fine as that is what she is. But she has no personal style. Indeed, she often looks quite frumpy, although perfectly acceptable. Style Icon she is not.

    I feel the same way about SamCam, and she’s often worn some quite nice things.

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  • April 23, 2011

    Kate

    Well dressed, yes. A style that can be emulated, sure. Icon? Not so much.

    Though to be fair, if I saw the engagement announcement dress in an emerald green, I would haul mass to the register so quickly I’d leave a trail of flaming floor tiles.

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  • April 23, 2011

    Ashita

    She does look very nice, very classy, very royally marriageable. But I have never wanted anything she’s worn all that much. Of course, that might be because I’m still sixteen and a bit adventurous with clothes, but still.

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  • […] I’m really looking forward to the upcoming royal wedding, after watching the relationship between Prince William and Ms. Middleton blossom. However like the FashionPolice, I feel as though her style is a bit too conservative and normal to recreate an outfit post. You can check out their thoughts on Kate Middleton’s style here. […]

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  • April 26, 2011

    Suzan

    She’s famous and doesn’t dress like a hoe. This does not make her a style icon. She has no flair.

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  • April 28, 2011

    Pink Princess

    Kate seems like a lovely girl and dresses like “royally marriageable” as Ashita mentioned. I don’t think of her like a fashion icon because she doesn’t have that… twist it takes to be one. Of course, all designers want to dress her and “sell” her image in their creations. We all know she’s not Diana and she won’t be, because these were different times when Diana became a fashion icon. No other would dress like her back then so she surprised everyone. But times change and you can see many princesses trying to make a difference. We all saw what happened with Michelle Obama’s sartorial choices. This is what will happen with Kate too I guess. There will always be girls to think “If Kate wears it, it has to be good!” and they won’t be wrong because Kate is going to have all the help she’ll need, so “it will be good”. The thing is “good” or “appropriate” do not qualify someone as a fashion icon. You need to have a twist of your own. I just wish all the best for Kate and I hope that she’ll find her way around fashion so to make a real difference.

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  • April 30, 2011

    Brie

    I have to say…I love her style sense.

    Not everyone is a flashy dresser and she has the classic, streamlined, simplicity, sense of style down. Some people are more conservative or less flashy in dress and kate seems to be one of them

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  • May 13, 2011

    Laura

    I agree with Brie. She always looks great. I think everyone’s looking at it from the point of view that because Kate’s now in the royal family she has to be an icon. Some people just don’t care about being that kind of celebrity and so what?

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