I first got a whiff of the Duchess of Cambridge’s penchant for an impeccably tailored bit of magic in June 2011, when Catherine visited Victoria Barracks wearing a navy Alexander McQueen coat. It fit her lithe body like a glove and commanded attention despite its subtle design.
Ranking my favorite coats was a challenge, and it’s difficult not to go back and rearrange my decisions. There are those that didn’t make the cut, which will spark a lively debate on whether or not I am fit to speak about such things.
Never mind all that. Let’s fight over coats.
28. LK Bennett “Ami” Coat
Meet the only woman who manages to make Crown Princess Mary look frumpy. Were we living in medieval times, war would be waged over who is the fairest of them all (Probably not. All the men would be too busy fighting over territories and titles. Ugh, France and England).
27. Michael Kors swing coatThis was the first time we saw Catherine wear Michael Kors. Allison Williams recently attended his NYFW show, which – according to me – is almost like having HRH present. Almost.
26. Reiss “Delaney” JacketIf Catherine were to start a coat line (she never would, because her name is not Sarah, Duchess of York), I would buy every single sodding item.
25. Tory Burch “Bettina” Coat
A coat so magical it made an American think it was OK to touch.
24. Jane Troughton Brocade Coat
In June 2011, Catherine re-wore the same coat we first saw in August 2009, at the wedding of Nicholas van Cutsem and Alice Hadden-Patten. For both occasions, Her Royal Highness wore hats by Jane Corbett.
23. Max Mara “Belli” Coat
This was the second-to-last engagement before Catherine had to announce her pregnancy early due to hyperemesis gravidarum. The wind was whipping, the crowds went bananas, and all the while Catherine’s coat belt kept calm.
22. M Missoni Tweed CoatOutlet shopping will get you everywhere and make everyone love you because it shows you are smart and bargain-savvy and stylish and goddess-like.
21. Goat “Redgrave’ CoatThe coat itself is a classic, but Catherine wore a black dress with a Peter Pan collar from Topshop underneath, which transformed it into a darling look, with legs-for-days, to boot.
20 . Reiss “Emile” Coat
Fresh off maternity leave (she gave birth to Princess Charlotte on May 2nd), Catherine accompanied William to the ceremony at Twickenham Stadium. The couple supported Prince Harry, who – as honorary president of England Rugby – gave an opening speech.
Catherine wore the “Emile sharply tailored coat” in blue passion, according to What Kate Wore.
Fun fact: WKW actually suggested the coat ahead of William and Catherine’s December 2014 trip to New York City.
19. By Malene Birger
Look at the bustle in the back.
18. Max Mara “Villar” Coat
What is more darling that wrapping your spare in a fitted coat with a belt? AND Catherine managed to paint without getting so much as a drop on her pristine self.
Also, this quote further solidifies my allegiance to two special women:
If the aforementioned coat looks familiar, that’s because Princess Eugenie wore the same coat at Christmas. I assume Kate stole it from her while Harry distracted everyone by setting the goat loose in Sandringham. Their thievery will surely not go unpunished. Princess Anne will not let this kind of shenanigan stand. – Go Fug Yourself
17. Jenny Packham Bespoke Coat
I don’t know what material this is made out of, and I don’t care. It works. The fact that Catherine is sporting a bump that is covered in all sorts of pink fabric is the most darling image my eyes have ever seen. The best part? Prince George is kicking around inside that tummy.
16. Bespoke Alexander McQueen
Pleated skirt. Pleated. Skirt.
15. Temperley London “Noa” Coat
Catherine also wore this to Remembrance Day 2013, one of just two Remembrance Days where she wasn’t with child and trying not to get sick all over the Whitehall balcony. Gestation, amiright?
14. Independent Dressmaker
What Kate Wore summed up our sentiments best: “It was an outstanding look for Kate, the tailoring was impeccable and the shade ideal with her coloring.”
13. Alexander McQueen’s Flared Wool CoatOne of Catherine’s more simple coats from the House of McQueen.
12. Alexander McQueen Cream Ruffled Coat
More often than not, I am pleased at the sight of a bespoke Alexander McQueen. At the christening of Prince George in October 2013, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a cream ruffled coat, paired with the most beautiful Jane Taylor hat.
If it’s ruffled and McQueen, then it pleases me.
11. Erdem Grey Lace Coat
I’m not usually down with what Erdem serves up, but I was sure as sh** into this grey coat with lace detailing.
A John Boyd hat wide-brim hat made the whole look super-regal, which is the goal for each official outing, yes?
10. Alexander McQueen Pink Bespoke Coat
The first image shows Catherine’s last engagement before the birth of her son, Prince George on July 22nd. At the time, I thought she was tipping us off to the sex of her baby. What trickery! (Great buttons, though).
9. Catherine Walker “Russian Greatcoat”
The buttons and the flared skirt. And how lovely to hold that child dressed in white against such a pop of color.
8. Alexander McQueen Bespoke Glenplaid Coat
“I’m back, and I look fantastic.”
7. Alexander McQueen Navy Military CoatI remember looking at these photos and thinking, “Hot damn. This girl was destined for royalty.” It was nearly two months after the wedding, and she seemed to take on this engagement (presentation of medals) with such natural ease. Wearing an appropriate, well-tailored coat was just icing on the cake.
6. Catherine Walker Emerald Green Coat
Pouffed-out skirt + oversized belt = YASSSSS.
5. Mulberry Double Breasted Coat in “Cerise”
A bright color to contrast a somber visit while in New York City. Some argue it was inappropriate, but I disagree. The coat was like a little ray of sunshine, but not too busy for the occasion.
4. Hobbs “Unlimited Celeste” Coat
Excellent choice for a Valentine’s Day visit. Totally digging the wrist belts. And the hair that doesn’t quit.
Props to Kate Middleton Style for the coat ID.
3. Bespoke Alexander McQueen Dove Grey Coat
Look at the glorious fluidity of this fabric. Just look at it! The structure, the collar and the way it fits her body.
2. McQ Alexander McQueen Black Watch Coat
Catherine reminded me why I love Black Watch tartan so much after she wore this little beauty on both a visit to St. Andrew’s Primary School in November 2012, then again to Christmas Service in 2013.
1. Alexander McQueen Cotton and Wool Blend Pique Coat
This cream tiered coat will forever and ever be my most favorite piece of outwear – nay clothing – owned by the Duchess of Cambridge. The cut and detail literally make it look as if it were designed for the kind of princess we read about in fairy tales.
I would be crackers if I assumed I left nothing out. What did I miss? What did you disapprove of in this list? What is your favorite coat of Kate’s?
I would also like to tip my hat off to What Kate Wore for her meticulous details pertaining to each and every item Catherine has ever worn. We Kate fans are very lucky to have her!