As the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton’s style is constantly evolving; these days, the royal mostly veers toward classic pieces with a British sensibility. (Think lots of great outerwear and clean, tailored silhouettes.) But today, she switched things up and strayed from her usual fashion aesthetic. On hand to launch the King’s Cup Regatta at the Cutty Sark ship in Greenwich, London, Middleton put down her trusty coat-dresses and, instead, embraced the art of understated French girl style.

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Opting for a slight nautical vibe—which was appropriate given the setting—the Duchess wore a black and white striped sweater (very Breton-like) with high-waisted trousers by one of her most-worn labels, L.K. Bennett. She styled the neutral look with a pop of red via her clutch—that black, white, and red color combo recalling the many effortless looks seen on the streets of Paris. Meanwhile, a pair of block heeled pumps gave the whole ensemble a more modern touch. With many global tours under Middleton’s belt, perhaps the many cities she’s visited in the past are starting to subtly influence her style. But, as always, that signature polish is still ever present.