Kate Middleton's timeless autumn staple that you probably have in your wardrobe already, revealed by a fashion expert

This Parisian chic staple is a go-to for Princess Catherine

Kate Middleton wears a striped jumper as she attends the launch the King's Cup Regatta at the Cutty Sark, Greenwich on May 7, 2019 in London, England.
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With autumn now upon us, we're taking cues from Kate Middleton and her timeless go-to wardrobe staple. 

When it comes to Kate Middleton's wardrobe, she tends to stick to classic silhouettes and timeless basics, from the best blazers to smart, suit-like trousers. This is also true in terms of her knitwear, with the Princess of Wales often favouring a Parisian-esque classic as an autumn and winter staple, according to a style expert. 

We're of course referring to her love of striped jumpers, the likes of which you can often spy Kate pairing with jeans or under a blazer for a casual but chic look. A monochromatic, striped knit is a staple when it comes to Kate's autumnal styling and if you're looking to channel her chic aesthetics, you might just want to add one to your own capsule wardrobe.

Kate Middleton wears a striped jumper as she attends the launch the King's Cup Regatta at the Cutty Sark, Greenwich on May 7, 2019 in London, England.

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While striped tops and knits can be worn all year round, they tend to remerge in the autumn/winter fashion trends. As mentioned a knitted jumper, complete with wrap-around stripes is synonymous with chic, French fashion and it's one jumper style Kate adores. 

As Megan Watkins, head stylist at SilkFred notes, "A striped jumper is timeless and should be a staple in every autumn/winter wardrobe. 

"Kate normally opts for a crew-neck style which pairs nicely with dark jeans and white trainers. This is one of Kate’s more laid-back looks and is perfect for coffee with friends, casual lunches and crisp autumn dog walks."

Kate Middleton wears a navy striped jumper as she visits the 1851 Trust and the Great Britain SailGP Team on July 31, 2022 in Plymouth, England.

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Kate has also proved the versatility of this knitwear staple - and how it can be adapted to the seasons - on numerous occasions. Her visit to the 1851 Trust in July 2022 for instance, saw her pair a navy jumper with some white shorts and trainers for a very nautical look. We've also seen Kate elevate a striped jumper with the help of a matching pantsuit, during her trip to Fife, Scotland a year prior. 

Kate Middleton wears a striped jumper and blazer during a visit to meet local fishermen and their families and hear about the work of fishing communities, in Fife, Scotland on May 26, 2021

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Kate has even embraced stripes in other aspects of her wardrobe too, with the mother-of-three stepping out in a chic pinstripe suit in early October 2023.

In general, as Watkin explains, Kate tends to wear striped knits for a more casual, off-duty look, often pairing them with her favourite jeans or trousers and Veja trainers. The beauty of the striped pattern though is that it always looks expensive no matter how you wear it, hence why it's such an enduring style.

In fact, if you're looking to build a minimalist capsule wardrobe, or to embrace the 'Quiet Luxury' trend, a striped jumper - particularly Kate's go-to navy and white colourway - is a must-have.

Naomi Jamieson
Digital Beauty Writer

Naomi is a Digital Beauty Writer from woman&home, where she covers everything from skincare to fragrance but specialises, particularly, in makeup and nail trends. Through her work, Naomi gets to share her trend expertise and share her own shopping recommendations and product reviews. Previously, she worked as a Lifestyle News Writer for My Imperfect Life magazine, where she used her savvy for TikTok to bring readers the latest beauty buzzwords, fashion movements and must-have products. 

Before that, Naomi split her time between both GoodTo and My Imperfect Life, whilst training for her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ, for which she earned a Distinction. Interestingly though, Naomi actually has a background in design, having studied illustration at Plymouth University but leapt into the media world in 2020, after always having a passion for writing. Now, when she isn’t reporting on the best perfumes and latest beauty releases, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping...