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Follow in Kate Middleton's footsteps with stylish winter boots

Knee-high boots are an elegant seasonal must, says Katie Wright

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Wallis Black Floral Print Midi Dress, £32 (was £40);
nude knee-high heeled boots, £69, Wallis

Wallis Black Floral Print Midi Dress, £32 (was £40); nude knee-high heeled boots, £69, Wallis

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Undated Handout Photo of Next Forever Comfort Feature Heel Knee High Boots, £65, available from Next. See PA Feature TOPICAL Fashion Boots. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Handout. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature TOPICAL Fashion Boots. WARNING: This picture must only be used with the full product information as stated above.

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Undated Handout Photo of Very Tasha Square Toe Knee High Slouch Boots, £29.25 (were £48), available from Very. See PA Feature TOPICAL Fashion Boots. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Handout. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature TOPICAL Fashion Boots. WARNING: This picture must only be used with the full product information as stated above.

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Undated Handout Photo of Office Keep Up Burgundy Leather Stiletto Knee Boots, £50 (were £129), available from Office. See PA Feature TOPICAL Fashion Boots. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Handout. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature TOPICAL Fashion Boots. WARNING: This picture must only be used with the full product information as stated above.

Undated Handout Photo of Office Keep Up Burgundy Leather Stiletto Knee Boots, £50 (were £129), available from Office. See PA Feature TOPICAL Fashion Boots. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Handout. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature TOPICAL Fashion Boots. WARNING: This picture must only be used with the full product information as stated above.

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Undated Handout Photo of Wallis Nude Knee High Heeled Boots, £69, available from Wallis. See PA Feature TOPICAL Fashion Boots. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Handout. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature TOPICAL Fashion Boots. WARNING: This picture must only be used with the full product information as stated above.

Undated Handout Photo of Wallis Nude Knee High Heeled Boots, £69, available from Wallis. See PA Feature TOPICAL Fashion Boots. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Handout. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature TOPICAL Fashion Boots. WARNING: This picture must only be used with the full product information as stated above.

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Undated Handout Photo of Dune Silene Black Ruched Block Heel Knee High Boots, £125 (were £170), available from Dune. See PA Feature TOPICAL Fashion Boots. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Handout. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature TOPICAL Fashion Boots. WARNING: This picture must only be used with the full product information as stated above.

Undated Handout Photo of Dune Silene Black Ruched Block Heel Knee High Boots, £125 (were £170), available from Dune. See PA Feature TOPICAL Fashion Boots. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Handout. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature TOPICAL Fashion Boots. WARNING: This picture must only be used with the full product information as stated above.

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Wallis Black Floral Print Midi Dress, £32 (was £40); nude knee-high heeled boots, £69, Wallis

As we move through winter, the sartorial challenge continues: how to look stylish and stay warm at the same time?

Luckily, the Duchess of Cambridge is here to help. As Kate showed at Ark Open Farm in Newtownards yesterday, she has mastered the art of dressing for the seasons, in her knee high boots and cosy jacket.

And when the mother-of-three visited Bulldogs Development Centre in Port Talbot with Prince William recently, she displayed her elegance with aplomb.

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Style pointer: the Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to Bulldogs Development Centre

Style pointer: the Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to Bulldogs Development Centre

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Style pointer: the Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to Bulldogs Development Centre

Combining a long-sleeved midi dress with knee-high boots, the mum-of-three looked the epitome of chic.

Kate's red dress was from Zara and her black suede boots are an old pair from Russell & Bromley.

The 38-year-old completed her look with a black belt, a golden locket necklace and hoop earrings, plus a navy coat, heart print scarf and red clutch bag when she was outdoors.

The key to making this look work is to combine boots that are high enough with a dress that is long enough, so you don't end up with a gap between the two.

The rest is up to you. You could take a leaf out of Kate's book with block colours, or mix it up with a floral print dress.

Dark hues work well at this time of year, but equally, tan or cream boots bring a certain freshness to your winter wardrobe. As for heels, Kate opted for sensible square heels and a round-toed boot, but if you haven't got a lot of walking to do, why not try a stiletto heel or a pointed toe?

Inspired by the Duchess, click through the gallery to see five of the best knee-high boots in the shops right now.

Belfast Telegraph