Business travel as the Duchess of Cambridge isn’t exactly the easiest gig to pack for. The 34-year-old mother of two has to be sartorially prepared for both black-tie receptions as well as more active pursuits like archery lessons and hours-long hikes—sometimes just a few hours later.
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As the past royal tour of Canada wrapped up, we were inspired to take a look back at some of Duchess Kate’s best travel style in hopes of channeling some of her fashion sense on our next trips.
Kate balances designer investment pieces with affordable finds and repeats clothes and shoes—just like a normal human. While this could be considered uncouth for an international style icon, it’s really only made us adore her more. She has her favorite English design houses (McQueen, Erdem, Jenny Packham) but she also takes care to honor designers from the countries to which she travels. And most evidently, she knows which styles and silhouettes work for her, relies on them as a uniform, and is able to truly stun when she takes a departure from her signature look.
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Because Kate has a way of immediately selling out everything she wears that isn’t custom-made—a.k.a. the Kate effect—we sought pieces similar to her mainstays. And to keep in line with the world’s favorite high-low style diplomat, the Duchess herself, our finds fit a range of price points. Here are the clothes and shoes Duchess Kate rarely travels without.
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