Signature Style: Kate Middleton Loves Grecian Gowns


Kate Middleton (Getty, Bauer Griffin)

Kate Middleton (Getty)
  
A Grecian gown is a timeless evening style that promises to suit every body type with ethereal draping, airy fabric and floor-sweeping layers. The likes of Frieda Pinto and Emma Stone have embraced the delicate pleats and loose silhouettes emblematic of the elegant aesthetic.

Kate Middleton has refined her signature style with the classic dress, and suitably so, as the enduring design is both modest and flattering, portraying a graceful femininity intermixed with a powerful element of regality. Perhaps Kate took cues from Jackie O's memorable Halston pieces to refine her own impactful aesthetic. Never will you see Kate in a sultry form-fitting satin gown—leave the provocative red carpet looks to Hollywood, as it is simply not the Duchess' style.
Kate+Middleton in The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Attend A Dinner For The National Memorial Arboretum Appeal
Kate Middleton (Getty)
For the National Memorial Arboretum Appeal dinner, Kate wore her fourth in a series of Grecian gowns for an elegant evening occasion. The silver one-shoulder Jenny Packham dress was draped beautifully on the brunette beauty and featured an accentuated waist with an elegant tie-belt.

Kate+Middleton in Catherine the 'Kind'
Kate Middleton (Bauer Griffin)
Just weeks prior to the dinner, Kate wore a soft gray chiffon Amanda Wakeley gown with floor-sweeping godets to the In Kind Direct charity event. The gathered bodice featured interlaced bejeweled straps that added sparkle to the muted hue of the evening dress.

Kate+Middleton in The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Attend BAFTA Brits To Watch Event
Kate Middleton (Getty Images)
For one of her most breathtaking red carpet moments, the Duchess attended the BAFTA Brits to Watch event in LA wearing a lilac cap-sleeve Alexander Mcqueen design. All eyes were on Kate's graceful pastel dress with a bejeweled waistband.

Kate+Middleton in ARK 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner
Kate Middleton (Getty Images)
The fashionable royalty offered another jaw-dropping moment of Grecian style at the ARK 10th Anniversary Gala in London wearing a lustrous Jenny Packham gown. Although the gown was saturated with pastel pink sequins, it still featured the graceful sweeping element Kate loves.


Kate Middleton (Getty Images)Want to capture Kate's romantic evening look?
Remember these 5 important keys to the Duchess' elegant aesthetic:

1. Seek out dresses with beautiful movement. Kate always looks as lovely in motion as she does standing still because she chooses airy chiffons and light-catching silks.
2. Cinch your natural waist! Her Highness never looks dowdy or swallowed by her whimsical looks because she keeps the focal point at the smallest part of her waist.
3. Choose soft pastels and muted hues. Kate let's the fabric and cut of her gowns do the talking by opting for grays, lilacs and subtle pinks.
4. Think Grecian! One-shoulder styles, pleats, floor-sweeping skirts, rich gathers and blousy bodices are all essential elements of Kate's evening style.
5. Don't over-accessorize. You will never see the Duchess wearing over-the-top jewelry that would distract from her cleanly elegant style. Simply add touches of sparkle with a chic choker necklace, stud earrings or a shimmering box clutch.

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