Still dithering over which winter coat you should buy to keep you warm in the cold weather?

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Look no further than our very own royal style inspiration: Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge.

With her classic style and eye for a wearable trend, Kate’s choices of winter coats are a great starting point for anyone looking to update theirs this season.

“Kate wears chic, tailored, often classic, coats that are appropriate for her status and for the occasion,” says Antonia Timpanys of dress agency Timpanys.

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“During the winter, your coat is often all that will be seen of your outfit – so it can be used as a real expression of your personal style. It’s the piece, alongside a handbag, that I would always recommend to invest in.

“Having said that: there are times during the freezing winter months that one just has to be practical. I think that is why, for Timpanys, the Joseph shearling coat is our bestseller year after year."

But before you hit the shops, take a look through our choices of inspiration from Kate – and see how you can get her look for less on the high street.

Kate wearing Boden

With a ruflled collar and pillarbox red shade, Kate's £220 Boden coat was a standout hit for a visit to Great Ormond Street Hospital - and for once, it hasn't sold out.

If a red coat seems too bold, opt for the black version - it's just as feminine and classic as can be.

Kate wearing Reiss

Perfect for her a blustery walk in North Wales with Wills, this grey woollen 'fit and flare' classic is sure to keep Kate cosy. 

This Vero Moda coat has a similarly high collar for those chilly winter strolls. 

Kate wearing Hobbs

This Hobbs coat is pure Kate Middleton – the shawl collar adds a regal air of elegance, while the belt helps to showcase her fabulous figure.

 

This Boohoo Sinead Belted Coat ticks all the boxes, but here’s a tip: make the coat your own by swapping out the belt with a thin, skinny leather belt.  With the exaggerated shawl collar, your waist will look teeny.

Kate wearing Missoni

Tweed isnt't the first things that springs to mind when you think of a statement jacket. But Kate’s Missoni version, which she wore on a visit to Holt in Norfolk, proves that the fabric can be stylish.

This Damsel in a dress Tweed Coat is like Kate's - relaxed yet formal, which cleverly takes it from business to play territory.

Kate wearing Carolina Herrera

With its bright red hue, Kate’s Carolina Herrera coat is the perfect antidote to grey, dreary skies – which is probably why she’s been spotted in it on more than one occasion.

 

For your own version, try this from H&M. If in doubt, go a size up so you can layer as many woolly jumpers on underneath as you like.

Kate wearing Alexander McQueen

Tartan or check coats are a big trend again this year, but naturally Kate wore it first – back in 2013, on Christmas Day.

Choose muted tones like Kate’s to stop it looking too garish or busy. This Marks & Spencer Checked Coat (£89) has the hues spot on. 

Kate wearing Diane Von Furstenberg

If you’re after a classic that will last you years, follow Kate’s lead and choose a simple, stylish black coat.

 

You can go classic, like this Dorothy Perkins Wool Coat or look out for one with an unexpected extra detail. Kate’s DVF coat features a shearling collar – but you can also try contrasting piping, interesting buttons or a fur trim.

Kate wearing Hobbs

Who said animal print couldn’t be classy? Adopt Kate’s rule of making it chic by choosing an animal print in black and white.

 

Kate’s Hobbs coat is Dalmatian print – but you can also find monochrome or blue hued leopard, zebra and cheetah on the high street, like this Esprit Coat.

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