Fashion industry horrified that Kate Middleton named a style icon. Pull your head in, people.



Over the weekend a rather mean-spirited article was going around titled, ‘Why Kate Middleton is not a ‘style icon’.

The author of the piece had a problem with Middleton getting a spot on the Vanity Fair Best Dressed List Hall of Fame.

“Is it appropriate that she be rubbing shoulder pads with the likes of Anna Piaggi, Karl Lagerfeld and Catherine Deneuve? Do cap-sleeved shift dresses, nude hose and cork wedges a fashion icon make? Not in my style bible.”

It’s become a sport to take down the Kate Middleton’s style. Even the so-called ‘Kate effect’ (where no matter what she wears, from a high street label Reiss dress to her navy Issa engagement frock, sells out immediately) could save her from the scathing attack. By the way, Middleton reportedly brings about $1.5 billion into the British economy from people copying the clothes she wears.

The writer suggests that if Kate desires to be a style icon, she could make like Lady Gaga and hire a stylist. So are we to presume that Kermit the frog dresses and meat shoes are more stylish than wrap dresses and Breton stripes?

We’d suggest that Kate’s modern and relatable sense of style is exactly why she has such widespread appeal. She may not have the sartorial senstivity of Princess Mary and be living in the constant shadow of Princess Diana, but we think she’s doing a damn good job under all the pressure.

We bring you seven times Kate Middleton totally nailed fashun.

1. Her blue and white polka dot maternity dress.

It was both a nod to Princess Diana’s maternity dress and a huge step forward in the post-baby body dialogue.


2. The white lace Zimmerman frock. 

We were hanging out for days for Kate Middleton to wear an Australian designer during her tour here, and then bam! there it was on Manly beach.

3. THAT yellow dress.

While Prince William thought Kate Middleton looked like a banana in her bright yellow Roksanda Ilincic dress, we thought she looked amazing. I mean, who steps off a plane looking like that? 

4. The bright red coatdress with matching hat.

This bright red Catherine Walker coatdress on the royal tour of New Zealand in April was the outfit that got her on the Vanity Fair Hall of Fame list.

5. LK Bennett blue poppy dress.

Oh heaven. This LK Bennett Snorkel Blue Lasa Poppy Dress was also from her Australian tour.

6. The maple leaf outfit.

Kate Middleton accessorised her Reiss dress with a maple-leaf fascinator from Look & Co during her 2011 Canadian tour.

7. Her wedding dress.


As if we could leave this off the list.

Is Kate Middleton a style icon?