In honor of Kate Middleton‘s birth month, we’re celebrating the Princess of Wales’s iconic style by looking back on the fabulous fashions she wore last year.
As we prepare for what should be another twelve months of exciting royal looks, from an impending coronation gown fit for a princess, to an array of New Year public engagements ensembles, there’s no doubt Kate will continue to turn heads in 2023. But as last year was extremely busy for Kate, there’s no honoring the princess without spotlighting some of her most beloved looks and fashion items that royal-lovers everywhere tried to get their hands on.
The “Kate Effect” was still alive and well in 2022, kicking off after Kate wore 17 different looks during her March tour of Central America and the Caribbean with husband Prince William. During the tour, the mom of three sported everything from playful dresses and a glittering gown to cargo pants and sneakers. In the summer, the princess, who recently received the new title of Colonel of the Irish Guards from King Charles, made waves as she attended several days of Wimbledon in a series of bright sundresses accessorized with dainty handbags and cool shades. Off the grass courts, the princess did not disappoint as she wowed crowds around the world in glamorous looks for more formal events, including the London premiere of Top Gun: Maverick, where she stunned on the arm of Tom Cruise in a black and white off-the-shoulder Roland Mouret gown.
But when tragedy struck the family in September, Kate buttoned up in a selection of sophisticated all-black looks for Queen Elizabeth‘s funeral and the events honoring the legacy of the late monarch following her death.
To close out the year, William and Kate ventured to America with a Boston tour in December. There, Kate displayed a series of jewel-toned winter looks featuring Alexander McQueen pant suits, Mulburry handbags, a classic Burberry plaid dress, and a vintage Chanel tweed jacket, which she wore while court-side at a Celtics game.
Despite a non-stop 2022—a year that celebrated the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and mourned her death—the princess relied on a bevy of classic looks for every occasion. And while some of the royal’s designer attire isn’t available to the masses, Kate always does a successful job of balancing custom couture items with a variety of accessible brands. So if you’re looking to get your hands on some of Kate’s most popular ensemble items from last year to update your New Year closet, you’re in luck!
Whether you missed out on nabbing some of Kate’s spring-inspired pieces from her Caribbean tour in March, desperately searched for her favorite Superga sneakers, or tried to snag her coveted Vampire’s Wife official portrait dress—we’ve rounded up a selection of pieces that Princess Kate donned in 2022 that you can still get your hands for the new year.
So enhance your 2023 wardrobe and shop some of Kate’s best staple pieces from last year. But don’t wait too long or the “Kate Effect” will take hold on these items, too.