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It’s that time, when the summer sun is sinking below the mountains earlier and earlier each day. Back-to-school and light jackets replace boat days, bathing suits and summer love. While seemingly bittersweet, this week’s Style Crush helps “brighten” the inevitable with a delightful, colorful pre-fall trend.

Coats have gone bright and bold this pre-fall season! Derek Lam, Cédric Charlier, and Jonathan Saunders have painted the runways with peacoats and trenches that could’ve protruded from a pot of gold (at the end of a rainbow). The trend makes the brisk fall future appear to be a bit brighter.

Style Crush Kate Middleton is not only royalty in the England, but in the fashion kingdom as well. The Dutchess of Cambridge constantly delivers smart, conservative looks combining femininity and class.

Kate is a perfect exhibitor of this pre-fall style, as brightly hued coats are one of her signatures (alongside sophisticated hats fit for a queen). A few favorite looks from this past year provide for a guide in successfully wearing the trend.

She wore the bright yellow Emilia Wickstead coat to the Annual Buckingham Palace Garden Party. Pairing the bright coat with a neutral hat, shoes and clutch keeps the ensemble looking elegant. Neutral accessories are the ideal complement for this bold trend.

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Kate in a frayed, mint Mulberry coat to meet with scouts at the Windsor Castle

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Kate is “pretty in peach” in a Tara Jarmon coat while visiting the Naomi House at the Children’s Hospice in Winchester.

“I don’t know if I have a favorite color” -Kate Middleton