Kate Middleton's bold, confident and personal fashion choices made 2016 the year she stopped playing it safe

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See all of Kate's outfits from 2016 Our love affair with the Duchess of Cambridge showed no signs of waning in 2016. Kate has incredible style and didn't put a fashionable foot wrong this year. In fact, I would argue that 2016 has been one of her best years when it comes to fashion. The Duchess really seems to have grown in confidence and stature and is making bolder choices as a result. While she always looks immaculate and perfectly put together, my only (teeny tiny) criticism is that - until now - she's played it a bit too safe. But in 2016, by embracing new labels and pushing her fashion choices, she's made a subtle departure and moved her style up a notch. Yes, her trademark coat dresses and nude courts have been out in full force, but she's experimented more and the risks have paid off. While Kate has remained loyal to 'go to' labels like Alexander McQueen, Jenny Packham and Catherine Walker, she's added new designers to her list, including Preen, Dolce & Gabbana, Michael Kors and Self Portrait. The Duchess also continued to champion the British high street by showcasing looks from the likes of LK Bennett, Hobbs, Zara and Topshop. She even wore a dress by online fashion retailer Glamorous. But Kate really seemed to come into her own during the Royal Tour of Canada showcasing a wardrobe that hit the right note with her hosts, but also revealed more about her own personal sense of style. Here are her 2016 fashion highlights. Fashion forward On day two of the tour of Canada, Kate wore a £4,000 customised dress from the Alexander McQueen SS17 collection, with a longer hemline and more streamlined sleeves. Kate accessorised with a red Miu Miu clutch. Kate went for a playful look on the Canada royal tour in McQueen Kate looked stunning in a daring £1,580 cream mesh pannelled bardot Barbara Casasola gown for an Art Fund prize giving event held at The Natural History Museum in July. Brazil-born, London-based designer and consultant Barbara Casasola studied at Central Saint Martins and Milan’s Istituto Marangoni before going on to work at Roberto Cavalli. Her collections feel both elegant and relaxed, and are defined by a sophisticated use of color. The off the shoulder Bardot style was very 2016, on trend and also a big departure from her usual style. It was a younger, fresher look, but a risk that paid off. Kate wowed in this figure-hugging design (Photo: Getty) The Duchess showed off a bit of leg in a £1,728 blue patterned polka dot 'Aimee' dress by New York-base designer Altuzarra for a visit to Stewards Academy, Essex in September. Kate added designer to her collection with this Altuzarra dress (Photo: Ian Vogler/Daily Mirror) Altuzarra is a new designer that is really hot right now, and the mere fact it was on Kate's radar shows she follows fashion closely. Kate showcased another new designer on the red carpet at the premier of A Street Cat Named Bob last month. The Duchess looked stunning in a floor-length crochet £320 Self Portrait gown with a thigh high split. Kate showed off her toned pins (Photo: PA) Self Portrait is a go to label for celebs who really know their labels. The fact that she wanted to wear the brand shows her more experimental side and willingness to push the boundaries a bit. Kate has always had more designer frocks than most, but this year the frequency and price tags seem to have gone up a notch. Dolce & Gabbana is among the names added to her roster this year. The Duchess looked stunning at Royal Ascot in a cream lace midi dress by the Italian design duo. It was the second time we'd see Kate in this £3,450 outfit, following the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations. Lovely in lace at the races She looks like she's walked off the pages of a high fashion editorial in that dress - it screams luxe fashion. For a garden party celebrating the Queen's 90th birthday in New Delhi, India, Kate wore a pretty embroidered Temperley top and matching long skirt, carefully selected to suit the theme of the event. Kate wowed in embellished Temperley (Photo: Getty) The Duchess wore this pretty £795 green lace Temperley dress for lunch with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The dress had been customised, with designer Alice adding extra fabric to cover her decolletage and thighs. Kate looked lovely in this jade green Temperley dress (Photo: Getty) A perfect example of how Kate has learned to combine appropriateness for official engagements with her love of fashion. And the Duchess chose a bold dress by American designer Tory Burch, for a private dinner back in April with the King and Queen of Bhutan. Kate wore a number of beautiful maxi dresses on the India tour (Photo: Samir Hussein/Pool/WireImage) In May, the Duchess wore a blouse by luxury cashmere fashion label Goat and a graphic print Banana Republic skirt for the Heads Together Campaign at The Olympic Park. Kate looked chic in separates (Photo: Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images) For her second Wimbledon outfit this year, Kate wore an ivory silk cap sleeve dress from the Alexander McQueen's 'Obsession' range, featuring its talisman print and a jewel neckline. We loved this bold McQueen look on Kate (Photo: Glyn Kirk/ AFP/Getty) The Duchess wore a bespoke lace Jenny Packham dress with a Peter Pan collar, and a black recycled Lock & Co hat for a service to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the battle of the Somme. Kate in a formal look (Photo: PA) Kate wore this stylish tweed Erdem coat for a visit to Manchester. The Duchess finished the ensemble with a simple pair of navy Rupert Sanderson heels and a pair of gold and faux pearl Oscar de la Renta earrings. Kate wowed in her bold Erdem coat (Photo: PA) In another departure from her classic look, the Duchess wore this £428 'Encore Rose print' tie neck pleated chiffon dress from Kate Spade New York dress for a day of World Mental Health Day engagements in November. Kate was on trend in this pleated Kate Spade number Kate continued to use her fashion choices to convey messages and delight her hosts in 2016. Kate is very adept at using her image to boost her popularity, and clothes play a very big part in this. By championing local design talent whilst on tour she won over her hosts, and she used her fashion choices to convey her patriotism whenever she could. In April Kate wore this £498 Saloni dress for a reception at Kensington Palace to meet young people from India and Bhutan, ahead of her tour of India and Bhutan. It was a a great choice because the brand draws on designer Saloni Lodha’s Indian heritage. Kate paid tribute to her Indian hosts (Photo: Getty) The Duchess delighted her hosts by wearing a dress by Mumbai designer Anita Dongre to play cricket with Indian street children and Sachin Tendulkar at Mumbai Oval Maidan ground. Even more impressively she managed to play in a pair of suede wedges by Mint Velvet. Kate showing off her sporty side (Photo: Rex) Kate wore this traditional Bhutanese kira in skirt form, topped with a Paul & Joe wool cape for Thimphu's open-air archery venue. Kate tries her hand at archery (Photo: Rex) The Duchess attended a reception celebrating UK and Bhutanese friendship in Bhutan in this Beulah London design. The £745 dress featured Bhutan's national flower the poppy, and was a bit hit with her hosts. Kate wowed in this printed Beulah maxi dress (Photo: PA) For a reception to honour Olympic and Paralympic heroes at a Buckingham Palace reception in October, Kate showed her patriotism in a poppy print Alexander McQueen dress. Kate always pays tribute to her hosts (Photo: @KensingtonRoyal/Twitter) Back in April, to kick off the couple's Royal Tour of India and Bhutan, Kate enlisted the help of her wedding dress designer Sarah Burton once again again and wore this Alexander McQueen outfit for their arrival at The Taj Palace Hotel. The Duchess wore this bold McQueen number to kick off the India tour (Photo: Splash) She teamed the vibrant red paisley print peplum McQueen dress with a gold Russell & Bromley clutch and her £445 Gianvito Rossi court shoes. For her tour wardrobe, she had clearly worked closely with a selection of her favourite designers to create bespoke looks for various engagements on the tour. For a Bollywood inspired Charity Gala at...

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