Kate Middleton Has Been Following This Casual Fashion Rule Since Before She Was a Royal

It’s admittedly taken some convincing to welcome certain ’90s and ’00s trends back into our wardrobe. But, while items such as vests and low-rise jeans still feel questionable, we have hung onto a few key pieces from way back when — and, so it seems, has Kate Middleton.

Striped shirts, for instance, were a must-have for the royal back in 2007, long before she and Prince William ever said: “I do.” Now, over 13 years later, she continues to work them into her outfits, stepping out in the wardrobe staple every few months.

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It’s easy to see why Kate gravitates towards this simple style: it’s timeless and easy to dress both up and down. Striped shirts have definitely become a go-to and rule of sorts for the duchess. Whenever she’s having a laid-back, casual day, her outfit tends to consists of a navy and white option, which she pairs with jeans and a crisp pair of white sneakers.

Still, there have been numerous ways Kate has worn striped shirts over the years. Take a look at some of her best outfits, ahead.

While out in London, Kate wore a very aughts combo of a simple striped tank top, black skinny jeans, a chunky belt, and some wedges.

This shirt style also happens to be Kate’s choice for a variety of activities. She chose to wear a striped tee and leggings while taking part in a training session with the Sisterhood cross-channel rowing team.

After Kate officially became the Duchess of Cambridge, she was still loving this classic style. At the 2012 Olympics in London, she layered a striped sweater under a navy blazer, completing her outfit with skinny jeans and those signature wedges.

When it works, it works! Kate pretty much repeated that same outfit a year later, while attending a SportsAid Athlete Workshop.

Kate didn’t bother with skirt suits and heels while watching a charity polo match. Instead, it was a long-sleeved striped tee to the rescue, styled with jeans and flats.

Kate sure loves the navy and white combo, but sometimes she switches up the shade, opting for a royal blue.

She may be wearing layers, but Kate’s striped shirt still peeked out as she attended America’s Cup World Series.

A splash of red made Kate’s simple outfit all the more eye-catching as she hosted a reception ahead of the London Marathon.

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