Spring style tips inspired by the Duchess of Cambridge

It's not hard to incorporate a little Kate into your spring wardrobe this year, especially given all the inspiration we gleaned from her royal tour of India and Bhutan with husband Prince William. The stylish royal's on-the-road ensembles always look to some of the season's most dominant trends, from feminine whites to laid-back luxury and monochromatic dressing. Here, fashion and beauty editor Ally Dean gives an insider look at three trends you're going to want to be adding to your repertoire in May and June.

In typical Duchess of Cambridge fashion, the royal favoured feminine silhouettes while on tour in 2016, slipping into a number of sleek looks by favoured designers like Jenny Packham and Alexander McQueen while also keeping in mind the warm temperatures. And as per her usual practicality, Kate wasn't afraid to recycle existing pieces in her closet, like a white eyelet dress that was equal parts breezy and on-trend. Ally identifies feminine, all-white looks that play with varying shades and textures as a top priority this spring.


Kate wore her white eyelet dress in Bhutan. Photo: © Getty Images

Looking at all her tours, laid-back ensembles always find a place in the duchess's luggage for itinerary items like a six-hour hike in Bhutan or a plane ride to Ottawa to kick off her North American tour in 2011. "This is about keeping it elevated, keeping it classic but still being relaxed," says Ally. Think about playing with the look by varying the colour or fabric of trousers (leather or burgundy are options) and adding ladylike pieces on top, like a blazer by up-and-coming Canadian designer Ellie Mae, a fast favourite of Sophie Grégoire Trudeau!

Kate kicked off her tour of Australia and New Zealand in all red. Photo: © Getty Images

And last but not least, play with single-hued ensembles this season - a look that every royal from the Queen to Kate has been known to do but really found its way onto the runway for spring/summer 2016. Designers like Emilia Wickstead and Altuzarra gave lime green and bright orange a go, while the Duchess of Cambridge is no stranger to an all-red outfit. "The royals are not afraid of colour, and why should they be?" says Ally. "It's so fun, it's so playful and we're seeing this trend trickled onto the red carpet."

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