39 Holiday Style Tips From Kate Middleton and the Rest of the Royals
It seems like every year, right around the start of Winter, we begin to source the royals for all of our style inspiration. There's something about their glittering, glamorous dresses and the way they color-coordinate that feels festive, just in time for the holidays. Why just admire Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle, Crown Princess Victoria, Queen Letizia, and the rest of this regal bunch from afar when we can try out their looks for ourselves when we attend our holiday parties?
These ladies know how to work a red carpet, playing up their eye-catching dresses with jewels that add just the right amount of glow. They choose bold silhouettes that are ladylike but often subtly sexy — a look we aim for when we go out.
Read on for 39 fashionable ensembles our favorite royals have worn, all of which are totally appropriate for the swanky soirées you might attend to ring in the new year. But fair warning: you're going to be the center of attention.
A One-Shouldered Gown Is Always an Elegant Option
Meghan Markle wearing Givenchy at the 2018 Fashion Awards in London.
When It Comes to the Holiday Season, There's No Such Thing as Too Much Sparkle
Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden in 2010.
Find a Material That’ll Catch the Light in Photographs, Helping You Glow
Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, wearing an Issa dress and posing for her engagement portrait in 2010.
Dresses That Come Complete With Matching Boleros Are Too Elegant to Feel Outdated
Princess Tatiana Blatnik of Greece and Denmark at a party in 2010.
Diamonds and a Red Dress Are a Winning Combination
Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden at a gala in 2011.
'Tis the Season to Perfectly Match Your Heels to Your Dress
Princess Charlene of Monaco at a dinner in 2012.
Don't Let the Weather Put a Damper on Your Evening — Wear the Dress You Love So Much Anyway
Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, at a premiere in 2012.
Hold On to Your Designer Dresses — They'll Be That Much Cooler Once They're Vintage
Princess Charlene of Monaco wearing a Louis Vuitton dress at a new boutique opening in 2012.
Have a Neutral Furry Stole on Hand to Cover Your Cocktail Dresses
Crown Princess Mary of Denmark at a dinner in 2008.
. . . And Your Longer Gowns
Princess Tatiana Blatnik of Greece and Denmark at a dinner in 2011.
Embroidery Is Just as Playful and Unique as Sequins
Princess Sophie Johanna Maria of Isenburg at a ceremony in 2011.
If It's Cold, Top Your Sequined Dress With a Furry Coat
Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden at an event in 2013.
You'll Always Feel Like a Pretty, Pretty Princess in Sugary Pink
Princess Marie of Denmark at a birthday dinner in 2009.
Forget the LBD — You'll Be the Center of Attention in a Little White Dress and Black Tights
Queen Letizia of Spain at a ceremony in 2015.
A Subtle Leg Slit Still Feels Modest on a Long-Sleeved Maxi Design
Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, at a film performance in 2013.
But If You Feel Like Taking a Risk, Show Off Those Toned Legs With Confidence
Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, wearing Jenny Packham at the Museum of Natural History in 2014.
When Choosing Between Silver and Gold Statement Jewelry, Go For the Latter to Play Up Your Glow
Princess Tatiana Blatnik of Greece and Denmark at a dinner in 2010.
Channeling a Disney Princess Is Never a Bad Idea
Princess Charlene of Monaco channeling Jasmine in 2012.
Sometimes a Statement Strap Stands Out More Than Jewelry
Queen Letizia at a gala in 2011.
Gloves, Gloves, Why Not Gloves? In Black OR White
Elisabeth Prinzessin von Thurn und Taxis at a festival in 2012.
A Metallic Green Will Attract All Eyes
Princess Claire of Belgium at a gala dinner in 2012.
Never Underestimate a Three-Piece Set For an Evening Out — You'll Get Ready Super Quickly
Queen Máxima of the Netherlands in 2013.
Don’t Skimp on the Glitz and the Glamour — Go All Out With a Gatsby-Inspired 'Do
Queen Letizia of Spain at a presentation in 2015.
Holding On to a Box Clutch Looks Way More Elegant Than a Slouchy Bag
Princess Sofia Hellqvist of Sweden at a wedding in 2013.
Mute a Bright Color Like Coral With Light-Pink Accessories
Crown Princess Stephanie of Luxembourg at an event in 2013.
Don't Be Afraid of a Trendy Bell Sleeve
Queen Máxima of the Netherlands at a celebration in 2013.
A Little Lace Can Go a Long Way
Queen Letizia of Spain at a gala dinner in 2015.
If You're Rewearing One of Your Favorite Looks, Jazz It Up With a Little Bling
Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, wearing Jenny Packham at a gala in 2014.
You'll Be the Coolest Girl at the Party by Proving You Can Master Simple Styling Tricks — Like Mixing Navy and Black
Crown Princess Mary of Denmark at a dinner in 2015.
If You Love a LBD, Find One in a Standout Cut
Queen Letizia of Spain at a tribute in 2014.
A Bold One-Shoulder Design Will Steal the Show
Princess Charlene of Monaco at the Red Cross Gala in 2015.
Contrast! If You're Surrounded in Red, Be the Belle of the Ball in Blue
Queen Letizia of Spain at the Royal Palace in 2015.
Never Underestimate How Much Sparkle Chandelier Earrings Can Bring
Queen Letizia of Spain at an event in Washington DC in 2015.
All White Looks Lovely With a Printed Clutch
Princess Maria Theresia of Thurn and Taxis at a prewedding party in 2014.
Jumpsuits Can Be Fancy Too — Especially When Paired With an Arm Cuff
Queen Letizia of Spain at a concert in 2015.
Your Outfit Will Always Look Prettier With a Bow on Top
Princess Sofia of Sweden at Drottningholm Palace for a christening in 2015.
Take a Note From Breakfast at Tiffany's and Accessorize Your LBD With Pearls
Queen Letizia of Spain at the Campoamor Theater in 2015.
An Updo Helps to Show Off the Pretty Little Details of Your Dress
Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, wearing a Jenny Packham dress at a premiere in 2015.
When in Doubt, Go For Color, Volume, and Maximum Surprise
Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, wearing Erdem at a gala in 2015.