No stranger to a spot of fashion recycling, track the former Ms Middleton's favourite re-runs.
No stranger to a spot of fashion recycling, track the former Ms Middleton’s favourite re-runs.
Kate Middleton is fast becoming the Queen of style recycling, after sporting a host of fashion re-runs since joining the royal family. The thrifty Duchess thinks nothing of wearing an outfit twice, or even three times, swapping in new accessories to change her look and keep her styling up to date. As she indulges in yet another game of style snap, look back at Kate Middleton’s most memorable style re-runs…
First spotted: Dressed in a stunning cream Roland Mouret gown, Kate first opted for this thigh-splitter at a decadent dinner hosted by The Thirty Club at Claridges in London back in 2012. The Duchess styled her elegant dress with glittering Jimmy Choo heels and a matching shimmer clutch.
First spotted: Kate first wore the £276 scarlet Ami coat during an official engagement two years ago, when she and Prince William travelled to a UNICEF relief centre in Denmark. At the time, Kate teamed her cosy coat, which was reduced in the store’s 2011 sale, with a dark leather belt and her favourite knee-length suede boots.
First spotted: Kate Middleton first showed off the £1,150 knee-length belted coat dress by design darling Emilia Wickstead during the parade in 2012, arriving alone as Prince William took part in a tour of duty of the Falkland Islands. At the time, Kate teamed the form-fitting coat with her favourite £240 Lock & Co Betty Boop brown felt hat, matching brown court shoes and a gold shamrock brooch.
Re-run: Fast forward exactly one year on, and the Duchess of Cambridge gave the coat its second outing, this time, accessorised with something far more exciting – a burgeoning baby bump!
First spotted: Duchess Kate first wore her £1,400 emerald green Mulberry shirtdress to a Buckingham Palace reception in November last year. With a chic Peter Pan collar, pleats and a super-luxe Peace & Love Jacquard pattern, the Duchess let her dazzling Cabbage dress do the talking, adding just a simple pair of black suede heels.
Re-run: Giving her colourful dress another outing, Kate turned heads as she attended an official engagement at the Natural History museum, showing off a brand new hairdo.
First spotted: We first spotted Kate Middleton in the uber-glam, full length black Alice Temperley lace dress in January, as she played Hollywood starlet for the night and hit the red carpet at the premiere of War Horse in London.
Re-run: 10 months later, the Duchess wore her Alice Temperley dress again, this time at a 600th anniversary fundraising event for St Andrews University, held at Middle Temple. On this occasion, Kate teamed the dress – a red carpet-worthy ensemble if ever we saw one – with a sparkling crystal poppy, given to her by the British Legion and a matching scarlet clutch.
First spotted: Kate first wore the dress to travel to Los Angeles during her overseas tour of America and Canada last year.
Re-run: Fast forward a year and Kate’s classic, wool crepe Peridot dress by Serbian-born designer Roksanda Ilincic was trotted out for a second time, for a creative industries reception at the Royal Academy of Arts supported by The Founders Forum in Piccadilly.
First spotted: The Duchess of Cambridge was first seen in the knit cable Alexander McQueen creation on a visit to Prince Edward Island during her trip to Canada in 2011.
Re-run: Almost a year later, for the Wimbledon quarter finals in July 2012, Kate again donned the gorgeous dress as she cheered Andy Murray on from the Royal Box, alongside Prince William.
First spotted: Kate’s electric blue Stella McCartney dress was first spied as she visited an Olympics exhibition ahead of the games earlier this summer, teamed with an eye-wateringly expensive £49,000 Cartier trinity necklace.
Re-run: The Duchess continued to fly the flag for Britain at the 2012 Olympic Games, stepping out in the dress again, this time adding a smart navy blazer.
First spotted: Kate’s sleek, dove grey coat was first spied when the Duchess watched Prince William take part in the Order of the Garter service in London last year.
Re-run: For its second outing, the Duchess wore the slimline £795 Katherine Hooker dress coat, with intricate embroidered sleeves and a matching embroidered waist, to the wedding of William’s cousin, Emily McCorquodale in Lincolnshire.
First spotted: We first spied the Duchess of Cambridge in the pretty silver and marble grey hand-painted Jenny Packham chinoiserie silk dress during her royal tour of America and Canada, when she wore it to watch Prince William play polo.
Re-run: Nearly a year later, Kate’s Jenny Packaham dress was given a second outing, at the wedding of Prince William’s cousin Emily McCorquodale, in the village of Stoke Rochford in Lincolnshire.
First spotted: The sculptured, double breasted cream coat was first spotted at last year’s Trooping the Colour procession, when Kate Middleton teamed it with a smart black hat.
Re-run: Kate’s £2,290 McQueen coat made its second outing at the 2012 Order of the Garter service, this time with a cream Jane Corbett hat and her favourite L.K. Bennett nude heels.
First spotted: Kate first wore the collarless blue boucle M Missoni coat from the labell’s autumn/winter 2010 collection, on an outing to Fortnum & Mason with the Queen and Duchess of Cornwall back in March.
Re-run: Fast forward three months, and Kate reached for the designer item once again, this time for a Jubilee outing in Nottingham with Prince William and the Queen, adding shiny block heels, a hat, and a Jaeger quilted clutch.
First spotted: The Duchess of Cambridge first stepped out in her pretty pleated £1200 Emilia Wickstead dress during a Jubilee lunch held by the Queen at Buckingham Palace on May 18th, 2012.
Re-run: Less than a month later, Kate wore this dress again, this time adding a pink hat, for a garden party at Buckingham Palace.
First spotted: For the wedding of Laura Parker Bowles in 2006, Kate teamed her cream coat with co-ordinating accesories.
Re-run: Fast forward five years and the coat was back, this time for another nuptials – the wedding of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall in July 2011. Another year on, Kate reached for her favourite designer item once again, this time to watch the Paralympics closing ceremony.
First spotted: During the Duchess’s first official overseas tour as a royal, she chose this vibrant DVF dress for a reception at the home of the British Consulate General in Los Angeles.
Re-run: The dress made a second appearance at the pre-wedding party for Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall, aboard the Royal Yacht Brittania.
First spotted: For the wedding of Nicholas van Cutsem in 2009, Kate teamed a periwinkle Jacquard coat with black courts and a coordinating hat.
Re-run: Attending a Sunday church service to mark Prince Philip’s 90th birthday, the Duchess plucked for similar styling to her 2009 wedding day get-up, switching the black shoes for her favourite nude heels.
First spotted: The day after her April 2011 wedding to Prince William, the new Duchess of Cambridge left Buckingham Palace in a Zara cornflower pleated dress.
Re-run: We clocked a hint of her high street favourite beneath
First spotted: Kate first donned this dotty shift dress for a night out with sister Pippa back in 2007.
Re-run: Four years later, the design was back, this time for the wedding of Sam Waley-Cohen and Annabel Ballin.
First spotted: Kate sparked a fashion frenzy when she was photographed by Mario Testino for her official engagement photos wearing a white Reiss dress.
Re-run: The dress was back for the second day of the royal couple’s Canadian tour, this time paired with a patriotic maple leaf hat and scarlet heels.
First spotted: Kate kept out the chill with a Ted Baker navy mac during the 2008 Cheltenham Horse Racing Festival.
Re-run: The Duchess added the very same coat to her overseas tour wardrobe in July 2011.
First spotted: The Duchess of Cambridge first stepped out in her J Brand dark blue 811 skinny jeans to take on hubbie Prince William in the Dragon Boat race during their tour of Canada in July 2011.
The maple leaf brooch that Kate wore during her visit to Canada was a stroke of genius. Lent to her by the Queen, the Duchess thrilled her Canadian hosts with her nod to their national emblem.