Kate Middleton Just Surprised Us in This Very Un-Royal Shorts-and-Trainers Look

Whether meeting diplomats, or simply enjoying time with her family, Kate Middleton always strikes the perfect balance between elegance and ease. While attending the Sail Grand Prix in Plymouth this weekend, the Duchess of Cambridge paired a nautical Breton top with tailored shorts and completed the look with a pair of white Superga trainers—a sneaker she turns to again and again for low-key outings. 

The gold buttons add to the nautical feel of Kate’s look. 

Sure, Kate’s been known to sport a great dress, and understandably we’re often inspired by these stylish choices, but her recent penchant for shorts is a new aesthetic for the Duchess—one you could say feels comparatively “un-royal” when you consider her usual penchant for coat frocks. Regardless, one thing we can rely on is that any outfit that Kate wears, it’s usually comprised with easy to replicate elements that can be combined in various ways to create endless outfits. Take her latest look, the striped top is a wardrobe staple that often appears in our own capsule wardrobes and has a cool French-Girl feel. The tailored shorts are the simplest way to keep cool and still look put together whilst summer days continue. For work, a sleek pair of mules will take these from day to office wear, but for downtime or running errands, a simple pair of trainers are the perfect finishing touch. 

Kate knows how to style a truly timeless look. 

What makes this outfit so striking is the harmony between classic style and on-trend feeling. These tailored shorts might seem preppy in nature, but the fashion set has taken them on in recent years, giving them a modern feel. Trainers are a must in any wardrobe, and can be styled with shorts, dresses, jeans , skirts—basically everything. 

Scroll on for our edit of the best shorts-and-trainers to recreate Kate’s classic look. 

A classic tailored pair that won’t break the bank. 

Take a note from Kate and opt for a classic pair of Superga’s. 

The tailored pleats are perfect. 

Veja is a favourite amongst the fashion crowd. 

Add a luxe feel with this satin pair. 

We think this New Balance pair will sell out quick, so get them while you can. 

Is there anything Reformation can’t do? We think not. 

A retro style that still feels fresh. 

A crisp white pair of shorts can be worn plenty of ways. 

This all-white pair will go with everything. 

Complete the look with the matching blazer. 

Every great wardrobe has a pair of white trainers. 

Mango does great tailoring at reasonable prices. 

You’ll re-wear your Converse for years to come. 

A pair that works just as well for work as on holiday. 

Recently, I’ve been relying on Jigsaw for great shoes. 

The side pocket details really won me over. 

For all your off-duty looks. 

The perfect mid-thigh length. 

The supple leather and retro panel combination has these high on my wishlist. 

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