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Style lessons worth stealing from Kate Middleton

Four easy style tricks inspired by the Duchess of Cambridge.

The Royal visit kicks off on September 24, and Middleton’s touring wardrobe is already a hot topic. Here are four easy style tricks to pull from the Duchess of Cambridge’s playbook.

1. The nude pump (or flat) matches everything

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The nude pump might seem a tad boring, but the sheer versatility of these bad boys should make you reconsider the merits. Middleton sticks with a classic almond-toe or pointy toe shape with a few inches at the heel – and she wears them everywhere and with everything: intricate lace dresses, vibrant prints, classic pastels, you name it. Another bonus: a nude shoe that’s similar to your skin tone instantly creates the illusion of mile-long legs since there’s no visual break at the ankle. The Duchess has been known to wear British brand L.K. Bennett “Sledge” or “Fern” styles.

2. A statement coat instantly makes your outfit awesome

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Middleton rarely strays far from her favourite feminine silhouettes, but she keeps her outerwear on point by relying on bright, cheerful colours, pretty detailing and classic prints. She lets her accessories—a clutch and pair of gloves—take a back seat in a muted neutral. The takeaway? Find a flattering silhouette specific to you, and then play around with colours and patterns.

3. Invest in one killer pair of boots – and wear the hell out of them

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Middleton keeps her favourites closet items in high rotation (like her trusty Smythe blazer, a Canadian label that she just re-wore) and her boots are no exception. She likes knee-high styles that easily pair with skirts and dresses for smart outfits and slim jeans for casual events. Look for styles that easily fit with the rest of your wardrobe; if you rarely wear heels, invest in a great (read: comfortable and stylish) pair of flat boots.

4. A great print doesn’t need accessories

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While the overall cut of her fitted short sleeve dresses is relatively conservative, Middleton injects plenty of personality into her outfits with standout prints. Bold graphic colours, delicate embroidery and even a black and white leopard print are best showcased on their own, with no additional jewellery. The less-is-more rule definitely applies here.

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