Effortlessly sophisticated and, for royalty, sometimes utterly daring. Princess Diana had a style all her own, and the public loved her for it.

Princess Diana's Style

Much like Diana, The Duchess of Cambridge’s enviable fashion sensibilities have made her a style icon in her own right. From polka dot prints to world-renowned wedding gowns, the likenesses between Prince William’s leading ladies is staggering. Case in point? These sartorially similar looks:

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Their Engagement Photos
Both ladies opted for royal blue to complement the £250,000 sapphire Garrard ring on their fingers.

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Their Weddings
Almost 30 years after 1 billion people tuned in to watch Diana marry Charles, 2 billion watched their son marry Kate Middleton.

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Their Post-Baby Appearances
In a touching nod to her late mother-in-law, Kate emulated Diana when she also chose a polka dot frock to present Prince George to the world in 2013.

Want to get your royal princess on? Our Style Icon: Regal Looks Inspired by Princess Diana Boutique opened Saturday, July 11, at 11AM ET.

By Kasey Rowe, Assistant Fashion Editor

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July 11, 2015

Between her amazingly good-looking family (little George included) and her enviable sense of style, it’s no wonder everyone wants to be just like Kate Middleton. So much so, in fact, that the outfits she’s worn while on tour Down Under have been selling out like wildfire. First up? Her Tory Burch dress during a New Zealand playdate. Then there was the flawless Erdem coat while visiting a children’s hospice. And most recently? The ultra-chic navy and white Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress she wore to tour Australia’s Blue Mountains on Thursday.

The Duchess in DVF

Image via Us Magazine & Getty Images

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April 18, 2014

It’s no secret that the Duchess of Cambridge has some serious style. But her put-together polish isn’t just reserved for royals. Here, our fashion director shows us how to recreate Kate Middleton’s refined look in three easy steps.

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  1. Start with a fitted sheath in a neutral or pastel hue.
  2. Keep accessories minimal. A simple box clutch and diamond studs will do the trick.
  3. Step into a pair of nude patent heels to tie everything together (the Duchess swears by them).

 
Our L.K.Bennett Boutique opens Friday, April 11, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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April 11, 2014

 
First we had Michelle Obama, who put homegrown designers like Jason Wu and Thakoon on the map. Then we had Kate Middleton, who created international pandemonium when everything she wore – from her royal blue Issa engagement dress to her polka dot Topshop maternity dress – sold out in seconds. She even made the seemingly impossible happen: nude panty-hose sales, once a granny staple, rose 500% after she and sister Pippa dared to cover their bare legs. This fashion revolution was instantly known as “The Kate Effect.”

Now we have a new fashionista to follow – and she isn’t a princess or First Lady. She’s Olivia Pope, a political “fixer” on the hit ABC show Scandal.

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October 24, 2013

If we talked back in 2003, I would have assured you that no celebrity on the planet was, nor ever would be, capable of getting between me and my collective girl-crush on Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.

But that was before Kate Middleton scored the sapphire engagement ring. And before Kate Middleton had that wedding. And before Kate Middleton took to enjoying long walks in pastoral fields wearing perfectly oversized sweaters and wellies.

Next best thing to being Kate? Dressing like her, obviously. Proving to the world that bold brights are best, that sacrificing shape is silly, and that, no, nude shoes do not make a girl look barefoot, she’s become a fashion icon in her own right – with less than two years as Duchess behind her. And now, using our Make It Your Own: The Duchess’ Style Boutique (consider it a birthday tribute; she’s 31 today) – Kate’s look can be yours.

Get the Look: Kate Middleton

Our Make It Your Own: The Duchess’ Style Boutique opens Wednesday, January 9, at 11AM ET.

By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer

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January 9, 2013