Kate Middleton wore this to return from maternity leave and it was quite the statement

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The Duchess of Cambridge officially ended her maternity leave yesterday, to visit Sayers Croft Forest School in Paddington, London.

She dressed casually for the occasion, opting for a Joseph blouse, layered under a green knit, paired with a khaki Fjallraven jacket. She finished off her look with a pair of Zara jeans and Penelope Chilvers boots.

It was the perfect outfit for the occasion, allowing her to play around with the kids freely, and more importantly, it shows that Kate is down to earth as she didn't feel the need to buy a new outfit for the occasion (she's worn both the boots and the jeans before).

Because after all, you wouldn't really invest in a whole new designer wardrobe to visit a school would you? And it's a refreshing way to just announce, 'I'm back, business as usual...'

It's of course not the first time Kate has reworn outfits, having previously made good use of an Alexander McQueen coat and Temperley gown.

Welcome back Kate.

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at MoneySavingExpert.com, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.