When the Princess of Wales wants to make a sophisticated style statement she often turns to Zara. Wearing the brand frequently in her early royal days, Kate donned a blue pleated knee-length dress called “the honeymoon dress” the day after her wedding to Prince William in April 2011. Soon after joining the royal ranks, Kate wore the brand’s printed and textured tops, budget necklaces, colorful skinny jeans and moto biker pants from the fast-fashion retailer. Most recently, she wore a Zara plaid printed midi dress with a belt and Zara houndstooth skirt for royal duty. The princess was even spotted shopping for housewares at Zara Home in Chelsea just hours before attending a gala in dark blue Jenny Packham in October 2013.
Kate’s beloved brand started as a small store in Spain in 1974 and today is known as one of the biggest international fashion companies with over 3000 retail locations including stores dedicated to children’s clothing and home furnishings. And while its decor and kids collections are big sellers, its Zara’s sleek and tailored modern clothing designs with hint of 70s festival style and a splash of avant garde that make the international chain have mass appeal. From paisley and patchwork dresses perfect for pairing with chunky block heeled boots for an outdoor concert to crystal beaded dresses and shimmery see-through mesh mermaid midis that wouldn’t feel out of place at the Met Gala, to a large selection of structured blazers, wool coats and knitwear, Zara satisfies every clothing craving of the modern fashionista.
It’s easy to see why the Princess of Wales is an ardent fan of the textured blazers and suit jackets produced by Zara.
Here are 9 of Kate Middleton’s Favorite Zara Blazers and Jackets:
- Zara Textured Double-Breasted Blazer in Apple Green
With a lapel collar and long sleeves plus front welt pockets with flaps — this jacket jives with Princess Kate’s diplomatic and holiday theme dressing. The thick tweed fabric gives the shamrock topper plenty of charm and vintage luxe. In addition, the shorter cropped length feels distinctly modern while the glistening gold buttons offer a hint of glitz. The princess has worn the jacket on just one occasion for a St. Patrick’s Day video in March 2021.
2. Zara Houndstooth Double-Breasted Blazer in Blue
Showing off her love of all things gingham, Princess Kate added this check blazer to her growing collection of Zara jackets in June 2023. The pretty blue and white print blazer elevated Kate’s ordinary workwear ensemble to ‘corporate chic’ status at the Windsor Family Hub.
3. Zara Navy Double-Breasted Jacket
During the royal tour of New Zealand, Kate returned to her love of all things military with this classic double-breasted blazer which looked similar to an officer’s coat. Often called a ringmaster jacket, this sold out $139 navy topper was spotted on the princess three times in 2014 and once in 2015 for a sailing function.
4. Zara Textured Double-Breasted Blazer in Ecru
This textured cotton blend blazer has appeared on the princess on three occasions in 2023. She wore the vintage-minded jacket for a school visit in February and a ‘Shaping Us’ campaign video just a month later. She also wore the snowy suit jacket for cheering on England at the Rugby World Cup on October 15th, 2023. The preppy business blazer with a hint of Chanel charm is perfect for Kate’s business casual wardrobe.
5. Zara Back Pleat Blazer in Red
With a swingy cape silhouette, this ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ jacket was a fun choice for Kate to wear to the Royal Windsor Horse Show in May 2016. Featuring a peter pan collar, two oversize buttons and a back pleat, this budget-friendly $99 jacket paired perfectly with Kate’s lacy white designer Dolce & Gabbana dress ($5995).
6. Zara Inverted Lapel Blazer in Ecru
This fitted cream blazer offers the princess clean lines and a sleek silhouette. Kate paired her crisp Zara jacket with simple workwear staples like a fitted t-shirt and black ‘Axon’ dress pants from Roland Mouret. The royal wore the topper twice in 2022 — once for a trip to charity Little Village and again for a mental health discussion with the BBC.
7. Zara Red Textured Double-Breasted Blazer
Wearing her red lapel collar tweed jacket for the fourth time in September 2023 at Orchards Centre — the princess proved her love affair with Zara is not diminishing. The girl-on-the-go jacket is perfect for when Kate wants to look city chic while retaining her French fashion aesthetic. The mom of three paired the scarlet jacket with a tan Ralph Lauren Cashmere crewneck sweater.
8. Zara White Waffle Blazer
This wintery white blazer has appeared on the princess throughout her royal tenure. Frequently coupled with crisp white camisoles or black undershirts, Kate relies on this jacket for sporty outings, professional presentations and sailing engagements.
9. Zara Cobalt Double-Breasted Blazer
A royal blue jacket is the perfect shade for Kate to don on her monarchy missions. Matching her engagement ring and signature sapphire accessories, the jewel toned jacket is versatile enough to pair with coordinating pleated midi skirts, black slacks or jeans.