The reason why Kate’s style is better than ever

The always stylish Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton has been looking even better than ever lately thanks to a series of fresh and unexpected sartorial choices. Now that she has been a senior member of the Royal Family for five years, it appears that Kate has relaxed into her role as a style icon and feels comfortable being more adventurous with her outfits.

TAP TO VIEW GALLERYKate Middleton in off-the-shoulder dress The Duchess of Cambridge looked stunning in this off-the-shoulder dress

Stepping out in a gorgeous cream Barbara Casasola off-the-shoulder dress and $235 pink heels, it was a daring new look for the Duchess that welland truly paid off.

Kate has also been showcasing her fashion credentials bywearing pieces from some of the world's biggest and best fashion designers, includingan $1,460 Missoni coat and the gorgeous $6,300 Dolce & Gabbana dress she woreto make her Royal Ascot debut in June.

Kate Middleton trooping the colour in Dolce and GabbanaKate has been wearing designers including Dolce and Gabbana

It's not just Kate's outfits that have been given a fun andfashion forward update, but her accessories too. The Duchess wowed in astriking Philip Treacy hat at the Trooping the Colour celebrations, along witha pair of statement oversized pearl earrings from iconic fashion houseBalenciaga.

Kate has now worn the faux pearl magnetic earrings on acouple of occasions, and was seen in the $895 earrings at the Somme Centenary Celebrations at the end of June.

Kate-Middleton wearing faux pearl magnetic earrings The Duchess has worn bold accessories and a number of new hairstyles

Along with Kate's directional style overhaul comes an update to her beauty looks. While she still loves to wear her tresses in her signature glossy blow dry, the mum-of-two has showcased a number of intricate and elegant new updos – most notably during the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations, where she gave royal fans serious inspiration with a week of incredible hairstyles.

KATE'S WEEK OF INCREDIBLE HAIR INSPIRATION

We can't wait to see what she wears next!

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