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July 07, 2017

Sweatpants will not do for a duchess.

When Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, steps out for a travel day, she cannot shirk her royal responsibilities. A member of the royal family cannot be spotted schlubbing around the airport in athletic wear with a cup of coffee in one hand.

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No matter where she is traveling, the Duchess of Cambridge keeps her entire look classy, polished and put together.

When looking for a bit of inspiration to show up to the airport in a First Class look, take a cue from Kate Middleton and her tried-and-true travel wardrobe.


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1. Sunglasses

Kate opts for the classic Ray-Ban Wayfarer while in transit, but any all-black pair in a timeless shape will do.


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2. Skinny jeans

It’s all about the classics in Kate’s wardrobe. She does not stray far from her preferred silhouettes which, while traveling or in more casual wear, boil down to a pair of mid-wash skinny jeans cropped just slightly above the ankle.

3. Scarf

A scarf is a double duty item. Not only is a scarf useful for keeping warm on the plane, it brightens up the neutral color palettes that Kate tends to wear.

4. Tote or large purse

A diaper bag is a no-no, but traveling with small children means keeping their favorite things within arm’s reach. Whether or not you’re traveling with Prince George and Princess Charlotte, a structured tote or large purse keeps all your travel essentials in one place.


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5. A dress with a defined waist

A staple of the duchess’s wardrobe is a flattering dress. She regularly chooses dresses that hit the knee with a modest neckline and a nipped waist.

6. A nude heel

The Duchess almost always opts for a nude heel with her dresses. Not only does it elongate the leg for pictures, it goes with everything packed in a travel wardrobe.

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7. Boots

When on more casual outings, Kate spots a brown knee-length riding boot (usually over the aforementioned skinny jeans).

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8. Button-up shirt

Rarely does Kate Middleton show up to the airport in a t-shirt. If she’s wearing jeans on the bottom, she’ll keep things classy with button-up shirts, usually in neutral colors and sometimes in a subtle pattern.

9. Wedges

When looking for something a bit more casual (but not too casual — she is still the Duchess, after all), Kate tends to lean on wedges. One particular favorite is a braided straw wedge that adds some vacation vibes to her look, while allowing her some stability in her shoes.

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