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Kate Middleton's Style Secrets

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Ever since she married Prince William in 2011, Duchess Katherine, née Kate Middleton, has never had a style misstep. She is always flawlessly dressed for the occasion, yet never overdone. Her style is simple, ladylike and consistent. In fact the biggest criticism about her wardrobe choices so far is that she wore the same dress twice in too short a period!

Learn Kate Middleton's style secrets for easy and fashionable dressing.

1. Stick with What Works

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Kate Middelton often reaches for her favorite and most flattering silhouette, a fitted, knee-length dress with sleeves. Think back to the blue Issa dress she wore for her engagement announcement with Prince William in October 2010. It had a very similar cut to this cream version that she wore in 2011 to the summer opening of Buckingham Palace.

2. One Piece of Statement Jewelry is Enough

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When Duchess Kate and Prince William toured Canada last year, much fuss was made over Kate's many outfits. On a tour of the Calgary Zoo, Kate wore a striking red suit with a Canadian maple leaf brooch that she reportedly borrowed from Queen Elizabeth. When you're wearing a bright color, one look-at-me piece of jewelry is enough, extra points if it has sentimental value.

3. Nude Pumps Are Always in Style

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On the same trip to North America, Kate Middleton wore this breezy, floral Chinoiserie print Jenny Packham dress to the polo match Prince William played in at the Santa Barbara Polo Club. She paired it with leg-elongagting nude pumps by LK Bennett. Middleton loves these pumps and is seen in the quite often and with good reason: There's hardly an outfit nude pumps don't match. Invest in a high quality pair and you'll wear them for years.

4. Know Which Designers Work for You

For a BAFTA event, Kate Middleton wore this lavender Alexander McQueen gown, the same designer as her famous and timeless wedding dress. Once you know which designers you favor—you like their creations, the clothes from the line tend to flatter your figure and they're generally in your price range—shopping is quicker and easier, not to mention more fun.

Other designers Kate Middleton gravitates toward include L.K. Bennett, Reiss, Jenny Packham and Issa.

5. Find Your Best Color Palette

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Kate Middleton knows her favorite colors and more often that not, sticks with them. When you shop for clothes in the same color palette, it makes it easy to mix and match them when it comes time to put together outfits at home. Kate Middleton most often wears navy, whites and cream and soft lavenders.

This navy and cream outfit comes from the British store Whistles.

6. Pantyhose Are the Easiest Way to Look Pulled Together

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Kate Middleton is single-handedly credited for bring back the pantyhose industry. As shown here when she's wearing a soft grey Roksanda Ilincic draped sheath dress and beige Jimmy Choo pumps and clutch, pantyhose help any woman look more polished. They are flattering for your legs and are an easier way to fake a tan than even self tanner can be.

7. But Don't Be Afraid to Break Your Own Rules

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As lovely as Kate Middleton looks wearing fashions by her favorite designers, in her typical navy, cream or grey, she knows that it is OK to break out of a rut. She surprised many when she wore this lovely green silk Diane von Furstenberg dress. Note, however, that it is still a fitted, long-sleeve dress, so it's more of a twist on her classic style than a full on departure.

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