Kate Middleton British womens fashion icon

If British women were asked to choose their fashion icon for 2011, the chances are that most would choose the latest member of the Royal family and Queen-in-waiting Kate Middleton.  As the world waited to see that dress emerge on her wedding day back in April, it seemed that Kate had already emerged as a trend-setter with celebrity and fashion magazines poring over her every outfit.

While Kate is undoubtedly growing into her role as a fashion icon, her style could hardly be described as either innovative or unique, however. As a student her look was little different from her peers, with only those infamous shots of her modelling lingerie at a charity fashion show to set her aside from the other graduates.

Even today Kate seems to play it safe with her fashion choices, preferring sober and sensible to the more daring outfits that her late mother-in-law used to wear, to the delight of both the fashion press and women everywhere.

British women who are looking for an inspirational fashion icon would do better to look to stars such as singer Florence Welch, from Florence and the Machine, or TV presenter and former model Alexa Chung. Neither of these fashionistas could be accused of playing it safe with their bold style choices.

Kate did make one excellent fashion choice in 2011 when she picked Sarah Burton to design her 1950s-inspired wedding dress. Not only the sedate gown fit in with the more sober times we find ourselves living in – as opposed to the outlandish Royal wedding dresses during the 80s – but choosing Alexander McQueen’s mentor not long after his tragic death ensured that the fashion press will be fighting her corner for a long time to come.

The Duchess of Cambridge still has some way to go before she can even be mentioned in the same breath as true fashion icons such as Coco Chanel or Audrey Hepburn, but she is definitely doing her bit to drag the Royals into the 21st century.

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