Our Kate Wardrobe Wish List: What We Want to See the Duchess Wear

04/29/2014 at 06:04 PM ET

We’d gotten so used to seeing new photos every day of Duchess Catherine’s outfits while she was on the her tour Down Under that we’re finding ourselves in royal wardrobe withdrawal. The cure? To start thinking about what she’ll wear next. So we rounded up a few looks we’d love to see her in at future events. Oh, and Queen Elizabeth II, if you’re reading this, you better sit down for it: We went a little outside the box with our picks and even selected a jumpsuit and a print-on-print dress.

Kate Middleton wardrobe inspiration boardGetty(2);Courtesy Charlotte Taylor;Courtesy Maison Scotch; Courtesy Jimmy Choo;Courtesy Rachel Zoe; Wireimage

Brittany Talarico, Associate Style Editor: Like my colleagues, I have a minor Kate obsession. (I mean, I actually went to a salon to try out her hairstyles.) So this was a really fun story to research. I know she has to dress appropriately for her royal outings, but my pick is for a fun date night with Prince William, while baby George is with the nanny. This gold Diane von Furstenberg design (far left) still has a flirty-yet-demure skirt, but thanks to the low-cut lace top and metallic color, it would be a great statement piece for the Duchess to have in her wardrobe. Plus, I think the gold hue with her hair would be perfect.

Catherine Kast, Writer-Reporter: This Charlotte Taylor dress (second from left) has a standard Kate silhouette: cut close to the frame, but still long enough to be ladylike. But rather than a solid color, it’s got a mix of not two, but three prints! If I were Kate, I’d pull out the radiant orchid color from the floral pattern and rock these Jimmy Choos (center bottom) in a similar hue. I know they’re open-toed, so not super-regal, but a girl can dream! Bonus? Both items are on sale — perfect for a girl who likes to rewear her sensible looks. And to “princess it up,” she could totally add these citrine diamonds she wore last year.

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John Soper, Editorial Assistant: We all know Kate looks stunning in a white ensemble (see here, here and here), but one article of clothing that we have yet to see the Duchess of Cambridge rock is … wait for it … a jumpsuit! (Hey, Michelle Obama did it!) This Rachel Zoe piece (second from right) is perfect for a future queen-to-be, with classic tuxedo styling and a tailored fit that she is sure to love.

And just to make sure the Queen doesn’t faint over the sight of bare arms, I could see her adding this light-blue Maison Scotch blazer (center top). (Does the color remind you of a certain polka dot dress?) I would suggest finishing the look with her favorite L.K. Bennett nude ‘Sledge’ pumps and matching clutch for a perfect, polished princess look (try saying that five times fast!).

Alex Apatoff, Style News Editor: Victoria Beckham is a British designer with a long history of dressing beautiful ladies — I think she’d be the perfect pick for Kate’s next dress, despite her Spice Girls-slash-football-WAG background. I’m not saying Kate needs to step out in a high-waisted jumpsuit with a matching cape, but I’d love if she played with her signature silhouette a bit.

That’s why I’m partial to this simple shift with a flowy skirt and elegant gold chain detail at the hip (right). It would look stunning on Kate’s slim figure and it’s even got that lower hemline favored by the Queen. And she could stick to all her favorite accessories to make sure she didn’t venture too far out of her comfort zone. Victoria, you should pack up a few of these in different colors and send them over ASAP.
What would you love to see Kate wear? Tell us in the comments!

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Becki Sonter on

While these clothes are stunning, Princess Kate has made a significant effort to wear clothes that are easily accessible. Yes, there have been some examples of designer clothing – especially british fashion designers. However Princess Kate has made a concerted effort to connect to the masses and she has done this, in some way, with her clothing. The clothing above is well and truly above the price point of many and does not reflect what Princess Kate is trying to achieve and that is a connection to the people.

Isakka on

I’m sry, but those are awful dresses! She always looks stunning, so hope no one EVER lets her wear such horrendous things!

Susan on

Kate’s style is great because she doesn’t adhere to trends and never appears gimmicky. No to all of the above

Annie on

Well said, Becki Sonter. Spot on!

Annmarie on

The outfit above are awful except for the black dress She should just stick to what she likes.

angien2324 on

That first dress is absolutely hideous! I actually like the metallic trend (although, I probably would never wear it) but that is WAY too much. A metallic detail here or there is fine, but an entire dress? Just no. It’s very grandma-trying-to-wear-a-trend-but-going-seriould-overboard-esque. lol The second dress, I really like and I could see Catherine wearing it. The rest are just okay, nothing special. You shouldn’t put a white dress on a white background, I can hardly even see it.

Sarah on

Becki – who is this Princess Kate you speak of? There is NO Princess Kate, she is the Duchess of Cambridge. The only way she is entitled to be referred to as a princess, is Princess William of Wales, but she is NOT entitled to be referred to as a princess in her own right (as she is not a true royal, she has only married into it). As for the People’s suggestions of what she said wear next – I tell you what – when you’re British taxpayers (like I am), paying for her upkeep and clothes, then you can start saying what you think she would wear.

Hey, there on

Sarah, the article was about fashion people fantasizing…lighten up! Have some fun! And you are no more “paying for her upkeep and clothes” than I am, a US taxpayer. You are contributing approximately a pound a year to the royals, in total—a very nice investment, I’d say.

Eli on

Uhh I hope she doesn’t wear any of that because it is fugly. Luckily her taste levels are better than the editors here.

littlelune85 on

Catherine would look amazing in the printed dress, the white Rachel Zoe jumpsuit and the black Victoria Beckham dress. Modern and yet classic. I wish she could step out of her comfort zone!

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