7. The Military Look
In June, Kate went with a military-inspired look on Armed Forces Day. Appropriate, given that she was presenting operational medals to the Irish Guards at Windsor that day! She matched her navy double-breasted coat (again by Alexander McQueen) with navy Prada pumps, a gorgeous blue clutch, of course a feathered fascinator. Another nice touch: her brass-colored accessories took their cues from the coat’s buttons. Classy.
8. The Maritime Look
Not to be confused with the Military Look, Kate went nautical in August with head-to-toe Alexander McQueen. Kate may be stylish, but she isn’t always known for her fashion risks; for that reason, it was fun to see her pair this blouse with that pencil skirt, a move that might have looked overwhelming on the wrong person. Kate totally pulled it off, though.
9. Blushing Beauty
This is hands-down our favorite formal gown Kate sported this year. Blush-colored with pretty, romantic details like flutter sleeves and some subtle sparkle, the Jenny Packham gown stunned at the 10th Annual Absolute Return for Kids (ARK) gala in June. Of course, it didn’t hurt that it was being worn by Duchess Catherine.
10. Cozy Sweater Dress
This sweater dress was a little polarizing in the fashion community, but to be honest, I rather like it. For a visit to the headquarters of the Centrepoint charity in December, Kate belted the olive-colored Ralph Lauren number and added black tights and boots. See? You can be stylish AND cozy in the winter!
11. Holiday Party
Yet another Alexander McQueen! Kate and William attended a military ball in December, for which she donned this sexy black velvet number. Velvet can be kind of hit or miss, but a holiday party is usually the just the right place for it; and guess what? It’s a hit for Kate! She accessorized with a diamond collar necklace dotted with ruby flowers for the perfect holiday looked.
12. Merry Christmas!
Sure, there may have been that little hiccup with a dead body being found on the Queen’s property over the holidays, but hey, it’s still the holidays, right? Kate actually attended two services on Christmas day this year; for the first one on the private Sandringham estate, she was spotted dressed down in a grey overcoat and knee-high boots. But when she popped down to the village church for a later service, she went all out in deep burgundy with (of course) a fabulous hat. How festive!
We can’t wait to see what fab fashion Kate has in store for 2012!
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.