Having just risen in the royal ranks from duchess to princess — there will likely be a sartorial shift for Kate Middleton. Preparing to be Queen, the mom of three is likely designing her wardrobe with classic, stately pieces and elegant timeless garments that will last ten or even 20 years. As Princess Anne has kept many of her coats and dresses for more than two decades, Kate will likely follow the example of other full-time royals.

Still, it’s fun to reminiscent about Kate’s pre-royal life and her schoolgirl fashion — often clad in cardigans, pull-on suede boots and basic blazers as well as skinny jeans — the princess was like every young 20-something searching for her signature style.

Pre-princess Kate often was spotted in short skirts paired with tights — she loved houndstooth minis, jean skirts and flowy floral numbers.

Here are 8 of Kate Middleton’s Best Mini Skirt Moments:

  1. Streetwear Success Story

Kate wore a Dorothy Perkins houndstooth skirt and carried a Tod’s Lady D black bag for some post Christmas shopping at Reiss in January 2007.



2. Print-cess

The brunette donned this flippy floral silk skirt from French Connection for a shopping outing in London in March 2006.



3. Making the Grade

The princess showed off her scholastic style in a snapshot at Bleinheim Palace in 2004. She paired her St. Andrews university appropriate oxford shirt with an ecru colored mini skirt and matching jacket plus her favorite Penelope Chilvers boots. She later wore the skirt with a fitted white t-shirt that read ‘Wild Thing’ from clothing brand Really Wild.

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4. Sheer Jean-ius

Proving her country credentials, the young Brit wore a Barbour belted coat with a denim mini skirt for a shopping trip in her pre-royal past.



5. Denim Darling

At the Badminton Horse Trials in May 2007, the princess was believed to have worn a Zara denim jean skirt with a Ralph Lauren cable knit navy sweater. She added a pair of Chanel 5115q CC Logo sunglasses to the summer ensemble.

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6. Heir Goals

Leaving the salon with a new hairdo, Kate was all smiles in London in April 2008 in a tartan mini skirt paired with a black top and blazer. The royal-to-be left the hairdresser with her favorite style sidekick: her Prada Tan Bowler bag.


7. Bachelorette Days

Departing a 1970s themed disco party in July 2007, the princess wore a black sequin mini dress from Oasis Fashion. She paired her leggy look with Aquatalia Rhumba boots.

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8. Corporate Chic

The future Princess Bride wore this black mini skirt on her way to work — she styled the office-ready look with black buckle flats and her beloved Prada medium Boston bag.

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