Kate Middleton Earns Her Place As a Style Icon

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 09:  Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrive at the 2011 BAFTA Brits To Watch Event at the Belasco Theatre on July 9, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. The newlywed Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were in attendance on the ninth day of their first joint overseas tour visiting Canada and the United States. (Photo by Mark Large - Pool/Getty Images)
Kate and William arriving at a BAFTA event in L.A. Kate's dress is Alexander McQueen. Photo: Pool/2011 Getty Images

Kate Middleton is not a fashion plate. Media calling her a “fashion icon” could easily be accused by people in the fashion industry of confusing the terms fashion and style. To many fashion people, the term fashion connotes runway trends and covetable yet hard-to-pull-off looks — think Naomi Campbell portraying a hissing cat with panther fangs on her waist in the new Givenchy campaign. Style connotes what could be chic for the everywoman — Jane Doe might not ever wear panther-emblazoned Givenchy, but she might know how to look spectacular in J.Crew khakis and even more chic in the occasional Stella McCartney blazer. Kate Middleton is that kind of dresser.

See all of Kate's tour looks and more pictures of her wearing outfits in the Kate Middleton Look Book.