Wednesday, April 27, 2011


AS a glamorous young woman, even one on the arm of the future King of England, Kate Middleton was famous for stepping out in high street fashion. Top Shop, French Connection, Reiss and Whistles were some brands worn by Kate, 29. And in recession-hit Britain, it seemed the right message to send out.

Despite the fact that her parents are self-made millionaires, she does not dress like a wealthy woman, often shopping at mid-level stores on British main streets. When she was photographed wearing a low-priced dress from Topshop on her 25th birthday, the item became an overnight national sensation, selling out in just 24 hours.

But now Kate has raised her game. Since the ring went on her finger, the heels are getting higher, the skirts are getting shorter and the designers are becoming more high-end - and British. Recently, on a trip to Belfast with William, Kate flipped pancakes in a cream belted Burberry trenchcoat. Within hours, yet again, the pounds 650 coat had sold out everywhere.

Whether she likes it or not, she will soon become a global fashion icon -- probably akin to Princes Letizia of Spain and Queen Rania of Jordan, as well as First Ladies Michelle Obama and Carla Bruni. She wears many classic outfits, and favors full length, solid-colored coats. Her look has not changed dramatically season to season or from year to year. Kate's style is natural, unforced and unpretentious.

She never seems to be trying too hard or worried about currying favor with the glittery world of fashion. That's going to help — a lot — when the naturally beautiful young woman blessed with poise, dimples, long legs and perfect posture marries Prince William on April 29th. Now, with hours to go before her big day, the increasingly polished proincess is looking more like a style queen. Here's a glimpse at her changing style throughout the years....

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