Kate Middleton style: How the Duchess takes inspiration from Princess Diana’s outfits

Princess Diana tragically died in a car crash in 1997. Her son, Prince William married Kate Middleton, 38, in 2011 after meeting at university. Although Kate never met her mother-in-law, one stylist has shared how she takes inspiration from Diana’s outfits. 

“A 2018 collection from Off-White pulled prints and styles directly from some of her most iconic looks from the ’80s.

“This period remains a strong source of influence in recent trends, whether you’re wearing a bodycon asymmetric dress or a bold shoulder pad in the oversized blazer trend – you’re directly channelling Diana, knowingly or not.”

Diana regularly wore oversized blazers as well as blouses with a frilly neckline, both of which can still be seen in high-street stores today.

The stylist added: “Diana’s style influence is certainly apparent in royal wardrobes today. 

The Duchess of Cambridge also sports the same brands today as Princess Diana wore over 20 years ago.

When Princess Diana divorced Prince Charles in 1996, she opted for more dresses and tailored suits, which reflected her new independence. 

Rich said: “Colourful coats then became dresses and tailored suits, as she grew in confidence and took ownership of how she represented herself. Catherine Walker (of whom the Duchess of Cambridge is also a fan) dressed her for most occasions, from banquets to royal tours. 

“Her bold choices and her departure from her usual ‘safe’ style was marked when she danced with John Travolta in a blue Edelstein dress. Her off-the-shoulder style inspired a generation, crimsons and pinks were a staple, and polka dots were aplenty. 

“Perhaps Diana is the reason polka dots are so everlasting: in fact, several brands we carry at Stitch Fix, whether it’s Mint Velvet or Samsoe & Samsoe, feature a polka almost every season.”

Kate has many Catherine Walker pieces in her wardrobe with various different colours including red, blue, grey and khaki.

Recently, Kate was spotted out and about in London to see photographs from her Hold Still community photography project where she was seen wearing an almost identical coat to Princess Diana.

Kate wore her longline Alexander McQueen red coat buttoned up with a white crew neck top underneath.

The red coat, which is very similar to Princess Diana’s Catherine Walker coat, has the same six buttons that crossover the front of the jacket.

It is also a very similar length and fit as the item, which she wore upon arrival in Birmingham airport in 1984.

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