If it takes a royal to remind us to re-wear our clothes then, so be it.
All The Times Kate Middleton Has Reworn Her Favourite Wardrobe Pieces
Kate Middleton rewore a blush pink Alexander McQueen pantsuit with a pearl belt, giving it a Barbiecore twist.
The Princess of Wales, 41, first wore the tailored blazer and pants with a white shirt back in 2022 for a meeting with the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood.
But, stepping out for back-to-back engagements in London in May 2023, she opted for a matching pink blouse, pearl earrings, white pumps and pearl belt, giving a nod to Greta Gerwig’s Barbie movie, of which the trailer was released on the same day. The subtle sartorial changes were a brilliant way to rewear an old outfit while harnessing a new trend.
For a recent Business Taskforce for Early Childhood convention at held at London’s International HQ, Kate chose to wear her favourite ivory Alexander McQueen blazer with a matching blouse and black tapered pants. Kate had also worn the blazer on a trip to Jamaica last year, and to the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
But the blazer isn’t the only stylish wardrobe staple that Kate likes to turn to.
On a recent trip to Cornwall, Kate chose to throw on her favourite brown Hobbs coat—an item that she’s been wearing since 2012.
Only a week before, Kate was spotted wearing her beloved cream Fairisle Knit jumper for a conversation with English radio host Roman Kemp at Kensington Palace.
Kate also wore the cosy jumper while promoting her Christmas Carol Concert in December 2022 and during a trip to Durham in April 2021.
As it turns out, the royals see the benefit of rewearing their favourite fashion just as much as us regular folk.
While it helps that Kate has a wardrobe full of beautifully made, investment pieces (see her Alexander McQueen coat dresses, custom-made Emilia Wickstead outfits and Jenny Packman evening gowns), we have to admit that buying less new clothes could help us afford some of those more expensive but longer-lasting items.
Below, we’ve rounded up every time Kate Middleton has been inspired to go shopping in her own closet, for a second, third and sometimes fourth time!
Kate attending the men’s quarter-final at 2022 Wimbledon wearing a blue, polka-dot Alessandra Rich tea dress that she’s previously worn to a surprise appearance at a Platinum Jubilee street party. She paired the tea dress with pearl earrings, tortoiseshell sunglasses and a white handbag.
First stepping out in this cream coloured Catherine Walker coat dress during the 2016 royal tour of Canada, the Duchess recycled the look for a pre-Trooping The Colour event in London in June of 2019.
Ever the sustainable dresser, Kate Middleton is proving her penchant for recycled clothing by re-wearing this custom-made seafoam midi dress. First worn during a public appearance in 2019, Kate has one again donned the number to attend a royal garden party held at Buckingham Palace.
Whether it’s playing a game of hockey on St. Andrews Day in 2012 or spending time with the family on Christmas Day, the Duchess can’t get enough of this memorable Alexander McQueen tartan dress. She recently wore it for a third time while opening the Victoria & Albert Museum in Dundee, Scotland, in January 2019.
The Duchess first wore this Eponine London dress coat in January 2017 during a visit to the Child Bereavement UK Centre and was seen again in the outfit at the Quarry View in November 2018.
Kate’s pink Alexander McQueen dress she chose to wear to Trooping the Colour in 2017 was such a hit that she got it remade for Princess Eugenie’s wedding in 2018 in a different colour.
First debuting the embellished peplum Mathew Williamson dress at the London premiere of African Cats in 2012, the Duchess reached for the dress again for the Place2Be Headteacher Conference in 2015.
Middleton opted for this lace Diane von Furstenberg gown for the Royal Variety Show in 2015, and again at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families Gala in 2017.
A vibrant and playful choice, Middleton has worn this Roksanda Illincic dress twice, first in 2014 and again in 2016.
The Duchess has opted for this fashionable Reiss coat twice, first for a visit to the FA National Centre of Football in 2012 and again to The Men’s Shed Centre in 2015.
In powder blue, Middleton can do no wrong! The Duchess first wore this Christopher Kane coat dress to the London Olympics Opening Ceremony party in 2012 and again to the Order of the Garter Ceremony in 2014.
There has been much confusion on the number of times the Duchess has donned this Alexander McQueen dress. A bit of Googling reveals that Middleton has worn the style a total of five times! First, the white version for Princess Charlotte’s christening in 2015, then to the 2016 Trooping of the Colour and to an event in Belgium during the same year. The Duchess then had the dress re-made in a baby yellow with buttons on the sleeve for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding. Since then, she’s had the outfit made for a third time in a light blue shade for an outing with the newlyweds in July 2018.
This vibrant Stella McCartney dress was a favourite of the Duchess, having worn it twice in two months, first at an event at the National Portrait Gallery and later at Wimbledon.
The Duchess could do no wrong when it came to the stream of outfits worn during her trip to Australia. This peplum Alexander McQueen skirt and top being one of them, was then recycled two years later for an event at the National Portrait Gallery.
Having first donned the green Catherine Walker dress in 2014, the Duchess turned once again to the unmissable outfit for the Chelsea Flower Show later that year.
A subtle and sophisticated choice, Middleton first wore this yellow Emilia Wickstead dress for the Order of the Thistle in 2012, revisiting the look in 2016 on tour in Thimphu, Bhutan.
The perfect outfit for an unforgettable event, the Duchess turned to her favourite designer, McQueen for this beautiful cream dress for Prince George’s christening in 2013. She later re-wore the outfit to an event at Buckingham Palace in 2016.
After first debuting it during their Australian tour in 2014, this stunning Zimmermann dress was seen for a second time when Kate re-wore it to Wimbledon, just months after its first wear in Sydney. The instantly recognisable details were designed by one of the only Australian designers Middleton has ever worn.
First wearing this Alexander McQueen lace dress in 2012, the Duchess made some modifications when she recycled the outfit for the Duke of Edinburgh’s birthday celebration in June 2014. This time wearing the dress without the belt.
The Duchess reached for this powdery blue Alexander McQueen coat dress a total of three times! The first time during a visit to Wellington in 2014, a few months later during a trip to France and again in 2016 at 75th Anniversary of the RAF Air Cadets.
This bright red Alexander McQueen dress first appeared in Middleton’s wardrobe in 2012 and was then re-worn in 2014 when the Duchess attended an event at Buckingham Palace.
This blush pink Alexander McQueen dress was a favourite of the Duchess’s during her first two pregnancies, first wearing the dress while expecting Prince George in 2013, and then again in 2015 at the Commonwealth Observance Service whilst pregnant with Princess Charlotte.
A favourite of the Duchess, this Day Birger et Mikkelsen she first donned in 2006 has been worn a total of three times!
Emerald green is a winning colour for the Duchess, first wearing this Erdem coat during her trip to New Zealand in April 2014 and then recycling the style when opening the Tour De France in July of the same year.
First debuting this grey and white Hobbs dress in 2012, Middleton saw the perfect opportunity to recycle the outfit during her visit to Uluru in 2014.
An obvious go-to for the perfect evening gown, the Duchess has famously worn this Jenny Packman gown three times! Once in October 2013, again in February 2014 and finally in December 2014.
The perfect outfit for her first official outing with Queen Elizabeth in 2012, Middleton chose this green L.K Bennet suit and top combination, later re-wearing it for a charity day in London in 2015.
A staple in the Duchess’s wardrobe, she has worn this belted coat by L.K Bennett a total of four times over the years.
Donning this pastel Roksanda Illincic dress in 2012, Middleton re-wore the style in 2016.
The collarless coat is a favourite in the Duchess’s wardrobe, opting for the style designed by Italian label M by Missioni on four occasions.
This black and white knitted Tory Burch dress was the perfect choice during her visit to New Zealand in 2014, with Middleton re-wearing the dress the following year for an Event at Harrow College.
This blue tweed coat from designer Michael Kors first appeared on our radar during a trip to Canberra in 2014. The Duchess then brought the outfit back for the opening of Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace in London 2016.
The perfect statement outfit for a trip to New York city in 2014, Middleton re-wore this hot pink Mulberry coat to an event at the Stephen Lawrence Centre in London a few months later.
The Duchess first wore this grey Orla Kiely dress during an outing with Prince Charles in 2012, later recycling the dress in October of 2015.
This Rebecca Taylor tweed suit has been worn a number of times by Middleton first in 2012, again in 2014 and lastly in 2017.
This Temperley lace evening gown was first worn by the Duchess in January 2012, with Middleton later re-wearing the dress for an evening reception at St. Andrews college in November 2012 and again for a screening of David Attenborough’s documentary in 2013.
The Duchess first wore this white and blue poppy dress by designer L.K Bennett in Brisbane 2014 and again two years later while on tour for Youthscape in 2016.
This Luisa Spagnoli skirt suit has been donned by the Duchess a total of three times, from a visit to the University of St. Andrews in 2011 to her New Zealand tour in 2014 and most recently for a visit to Mitchell Brook primary School in London for the Place2Be charity.
Another stunning Jenny Packman evening gown, Middleton first wore this beaded number to the ARK 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner in 2011 and again in 2016 for a charity gala for the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.
This nautical Alexander McQueen sweater dress was the perfect choice for a trip to Canada in 2011 as well as a day spent at Wimbledon in 2012.
The Duchess chose this Emilia Wickstead green coat for St. Patrick’s Day in both 2012 and 2013, adding a contrast of colour for the second occasion.
The Duchess first debuted this Eponine London red gingham skirt and top in 2016, later swapping her black clutch for nude accessories for the Heads Together engagement in 2017.