While Kate Middleton’s royal wardrobe is known for its bright and colourful pieces, in recent weeks the Duchess has taken to stepping out in eyecatching printed styles.
The Duchess of Cambridge, 38, has stepped out in a number of boldly patterned outfits this year, most recently donning £30 leopard print skirt from Zara while visiting Cardiff today.
She has shown how a jazzy style can work when paired with a more laid back trouser – at an outing yesterday in Birmingham – as well as in a dress, such as when she made a royal visit to Bradford alongside her husband Prince William, 37, last week.
Speaking to FEMAIL, stylist Susie Hasler, who runs Styled by Susie, revealing: ‘For Kate, choosing bold and eye catching patterns is definitely a more daring choice for the Duchess. And it represents just how much her confidence has developed.’
Stylists have revealed how the Duchess of Cambridge, 38, has taken a liking to ‘eyecatching’ prints on royal appearances this year (pictured, visiting Cardiff wearing a bold leopard print skirt)
Kate has been seen in a selection of bold and bright colours over the past few years.
But while she occasionally opted for a colourful printed dress, it’s only more recently that the royal has added the bold prints to her wardrobe.
Susie suggested the move could indicate a growing confidence in her abilities and in herself, saying: ‘Wearing pattern is a sign of confidence – and Kate can carry off everything, from edgy animal print, royal houndstooth, florals and chevrons.’
Susie went on to reveal that the Duchess suited ‘smaller’ patterns best, which didn’t overpower her slim figure.
Stylist Susie Hasler said the move to wear bold and bright patterns could be an indication of Kate’s increasing confidence and personal style (pictured, yesterday visiting Birmingham)
She said: ‘She suits smaller patterns best, because she has such a slight, slim frame, but she can pull off any print and pattern with her smile and confidence.
‘Kate has a warm and friendly personality and the patterns she wears, complement this well.’
‘She seems to have really come into her own this year and found a new found sense of confidence.’
Susie revealed the Duchess managed to pull off the bold and bright patterns by keeping the rest of her outfit simple and stylish.
Susie said the Duchess managed to pull off the bold patterns by keeping the rest of her outfit simple and stylish (pictured, in an eye-catching houndstooth pattern with plain black court shoes last week)
She said: ‘I love how the Duchess always looks incredibly relatable in her clothing.
‘For a senior royal, she could by all means cover herself in jewels and elegant pieces, but she keeps her looks simple and stylish.
‘It was great to see her in leopard print this week, and she kept it simple by pairing it with a roll neck and a necklace. It was a much more “friendly” and relatable look than if she had paired the skirt with a stiff blouse and court shoes.’
It comes as the Duchess stepped out on appearances showcasing the ‘new royal order’ after Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan Markle, 38, stepped back from The Firm.
While the royal is known for her love of bright colours, the addition of bold prints to her wardrobe is a fairly new addition (pictured, on appearances last year in London wearing more subdued outfits, left, in October visiting the Aga Khan Centre and, right, in March visiting a children’s centre in Lambeth)
The royal has been in the spotlight over the past week as the Royal Family carries on with life after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped down as senior royals and left for Canada.
On Monday, the Duchess stepped out in a trendy smart £89 houndstooth dress from Zara during a royal visit to Bradford.
And yesterday Kate cut a stylish figure in a jazzy electric blue £295 blouse by British designer Tabitha Ward, which featured pussy-bow detail.
The mother-of-three paired the silk blouse with £130 high-waisted Jigsaw trousers, which she first wore during a visit to the Henry Fawcett Childrens Centre in Lambeth last year.
Meanwhile earlier today, the royal teamed a poloneck jumper and £30 leopard print skirt from Zara.