Kate Middleton: Style icon of 2011

Jan 3, 2012 at 10:28 a.m. ET

Kate Middleton proved to be a style and beauty icon in 2011. From her ability to turn conservative looks into polished and modern staples, to her effortless hair and makeup, Kate Middleton set trends we all admired in 2011.

Kate Middleton and Prince William spent New Year's Eve with Kate's sister, Pippa Middleton, as they rang in 2012. British newspaper The Daily Mail reports Pippa planned the evening, which took place at their parents' home in Berkshire. A low-key event, Pippa reportedly spent $5,000 on the celebration for around 100 of the Middleton's closest friends.

Kate Middleton is the style icon for 2011.

As Kate Middleton begins 2012 as a royal, the end of 2011 marks the end of an extremely successful year for her. Not only did she become the Duchess of Cambridge, her beauty and effortless appearance made her a style icon for millions of women around the world. SheKnows takes a look at some of her most memorable looks and the impact she had on 2011 fashion.

Known as the "Duchess effect," Kate's decision to wear a designer or particular outfit usually resulted in skyrocketed sales for designers and retail stores who were often unable to keep up with demand. Particularly notable was Kate Middleton's consistent ability to create feminine looks on a relatively modest budget.

Follow us as we take a look through Kate's best style choices for 2011.

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