Kate proves that fashion ‘formulas’ are key to easy dressing

Kate has been relying on this style formula for months.  (Getty Images)

Kate has been relying on this style formula for months. (Getty Images)

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Or so they say. And the same applies to style formulas. The Princess of Wales has honed hers over the past few months, and her latest outfit is no exception.

Kate, 41, visited Foxcubs Nursery in Luton on Wednesday afternoon wearing one of the most treasured style combinations in her arsenal: coordinating knit trousers under a classic winter coat. She has been reaching for this formula again and again in recent public appearances, proving that once you figure out a style that suits you, you run with it.

The Princess of Wales visits Foxcubs Nursery in Luton

The Princess of Wales opted for her style formula for a visit to Foxcubs Nursery in Luton. (Getty Images)

Color combinations may change, but the basic formula remains: a knit, often turtleneck style, long-sleeved top, with a slightly flared midi-length A-line skirt, in the same color and knit.

The look – which is sometimes an all-over knit dress – is cinched in with a leather belt at the waist, floored with knee-high boots and topped off with a classic-shaped long coat.

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The Princess of Wales talks to parents during a visit to Foxcubs nursery school

The Princess of Wales tends to complete her look with a belt around her waist. (Getty Images)

The mother-of-three visited the top-rated childcare and early education center in Luton in her first solo appearance since the publication of Prince Harry’s memoir.

She wore Gabrielle Hearst’s vivid ribbed knit ensemble and her £349 Massimo Dutti camel cashmere coat, accessorizing with her Gianvito Rossi brown suede boots, Stuart Weitzman brown suede clutch and Kiki McDonough pear-shaped earrings citrine.

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Every element of Wednesday’s outfit came from Kate’s existing wardrobe, proving once again that once you find a style formula that works for you, you can wear it again and again to your heart’s content.

The Princess of Wales talks to parents after visiting Foxcubs Nursery

Kate’s vibrant orange set for the twins stood out beneath her classic camel coat. (Getty Images)

For her and Prince William’s first engagement of the year, Kate paired her Cefinn Eva Blouson black merino sleeved dress (£290) – which checked all the formula boxes with its ribbed knit fabric, midi length and mock neckline – with her green and navy check the Holland Cooper double-breasted coat in ‘Blackwatch’ (£749), for another example of why style works.

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But it’s not just recently, the Princess of Wales has had her style formula at her fingertips for months now.

In November, it came out in a tonal edition, complete with a beige knit dress, a belt around the waist and a matching camel coat; and even her Christmas outfit fits the formula with a £35 knit dress and bespoke coat.

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The Princess of Wales in her fashion formula, twice in November 2022 and January 2023 (Getty Images)

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