Kate Middleton

Project Princess

UPDATED 09/11/2006 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 09/11/2006 at 01:00 AM EDT

SIMPLY SEXY
In wrap dresses like the kind Diana used to wear, Middleton (in June 2006) "has an understated elegance," says Elizabeth Emanuel, who helped design Diana's wedding dress.

WEEKEND CASUAL
Although Middleton is trying to avoid "being tied up too closely with any one designer," says a pal, she does have a fondness for Miss Sixty jeans.

TOPPED OFF
Like Di, Kate (at a wedding in '05) usually has her hats custom-made.

POLO CHIC
Middleton has the same qualities that made Diana a fashion plate. "She's got good height, athletic figure and complexion," says Hilary Alexander, fashion critic for the U.K.'s Telegraph.

EVENING ELEGANCE
Middleton bought her $670 BCBG jersey gown (for the June 3 Boodles Boxing Ball) at Harvey Nichols, an upscale department store favored by Diana.

EVERYDAY FLAIR
"Kate's pleasant, pretty and slightly Sloane-y," says a source, referring to the Sloane Rangers, the nickname given to upper-crust types like Diana and her pals back in the '80s.

SUNDRESS SOPHISTICATE
Middleton (at the prince's June 17 polo match) paired a halter wrap dress with $187 wedge espadrilles from LK Bennett.

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