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Why we all want to dress like Line of Duty's Kate Fleming

It's called detective chic, fella

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Fiona Ward
Fiona WardActing Fashion and Beauty Editor
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The UK is currently hooked on the gripping new season of Line of Duty, but it's not just the twisting and turning storylines that we're loving.

Viewers have come to know and love the show for Ted Hastings' one liners, the intense interrogation scenes and complicated villains - but the AC-12 clan's fashion choices have captured the audience, too.

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We'll always have a soft spot for Steve Arnott's snazzy waistcoats, but we all know that DI Kate Fleming is the true style icon of the show - and her practical yet classic wardrobe has caught the eye of shoppers, too.

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Kate Fleming's sharp suits have got fans rushing to buy a blazer of their own

PrettyLittleThing has reported that searches for blazers have increased 144 per cent following Vicky McClure's turn in series six of LOD - and viewers regularly take to twitter to hail AC-12's most stylish detective.

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SHOP SIMILAR: Trouser suit, from £29.99, Mango


"All I want to do now is wear polo necks and nick bent coppers," one writes, while another adds: "Kate Fleming is MY fashion icon." One viewer even started the hashtag #StrongWomenInPoloNecks after the show's staple item.

Kate Fleming's capsule wardrobe consists of tailored blazers, her popular polo necks, crisp shirts and tapered trousers - and according to the show's costume designer Maggie Donnelly, a new coat each season.

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SHOP SIMILAR: Polo neck top, £12, Marks & Spencer

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SHOP SIMILAR: Striped polo neck, £13.20, Warehouse


She told The Telegraph that the character's latest buy is a navy trench coat from A.P.C., and that her iconic high-neck tops are from none other than Marks & Spencer.

Kate's crisp Tommy Hilfiger shirts are often buttoned-up to the top, too - usually when she really means business.

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Tommy Hilfiger heritage shirt, £49.99, House of Fraser


Costume expert Maggie has also revealed that she deliberately elevated the character's wardrobe throughout the seasons - and particularly after her job promotion to DI, after which she added a luxurious Brora jumper to the mix. This season's trouser suits are made by Me + Em and The Fold.

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And though we're used to seeing Kate in her two-piece tailoring, she memorably wore a dress, once, which has since been donated to charity by actress Vicky.

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Kate's new A.P.C. trench coat costs £495


She said of the outfit, which she gave to the Star Boot Sale in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust: "The dress I have given is the only one Kate Fleming has ever worn in Line of Duty, when she was presented with an award at the end of series three, so it's a real part of the show’s heritage. Plus, it's a Paul Smith, so a nod to my home of Notts too!" 

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