Kate’s best looks of 2020: Shining through a difficult year

Kate kept calm and carried elegantly on during 2020. YOU’s fashion editor Sophie Dearden talks us through her key looks. 

Kate has found her comfort style in the belted shirt dress, seen here while endorsing the launch of BBC channel Tiny Happy People in July. This polka-dot print dress by Emilia Wickstead, £1,565, is fun but classic. The espadrilles are by cult Spanish brand Castañer.

When meeting David Attenborough with William, George, Charlotte and Louis in September, Kate pioneered sustainable designers in a Gabriela Hearst dress, £1,295. Her silver earrings, £180, are by jeweller Patrick Mavros.

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In the shirt style of the season, Kate nodded to her royal status in purple while doing an Early Years Q&A on social media in November. She isn’t one to wear once then dispose – we’ve seen her repurpose this £790 Gucci blouse by playing with the way she ties the bow.

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Kate looked radiant in a floral print dress by artisan label Faithfull The Brand, £180, while helping to plant a garden at The Nook children’s hospice in June. She has always supported the British high street, and continued to in these practical but elegant Russell & Bromley espadrilles, £135, and Accessorize earrings, £5.

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Kate kept it soft and feminine in a white Suzannah London dress, £1,850, and pale floral Amaia London face mask, £15, while visiting a Norfolk baby bank donations project in August. Her £1,270 diamond necklace is by British jewellery designer Daniella Draper.

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While Kate often keeps it pared back and subtle, she knows when to take centre stage. This red Alexander McQueen coat – worn here during December’s royal train tour – is another investment piece she has turned to time and time again, dressing it up or down. The skirt and scarf are by Emilia Wickstead and the earrings, £62, by Spells of Love.

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Kate stayed casual when meeting students at the University of Derby in October in a Massimo Dutti coat, £249, and jumper. Her mask, £15, is by Amaia London and necklace, £126, All the Falling Stars.

On a visit to meet ambulance staff and 111 call handlers with William in March, Kate proved you don’t need to splash the cash to look smart. Her M&S Autograph blazer, £99, and trousers, £59, are classic yet modern, and cut to perfection on her frame. Her shoes, £315, are by Hugo Boss.