Kate Middleton may have worn a custom Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen wedding gown to marry Prince William, but she's a commoner at heart. She's not afraid to shop at Zara frequently, nor is she afraid to wear her purchases over and over again. Just like, you know, most women do. We're not so naive as to think that there isn't some PR element to all of this--obviously these are lean times and Britons would probably be peeved if the Duchess walked around in a new Temperley gown and Cartier tiaras everyday (although we would really like it!). And yes, she's dropped $2,000+ on outfits before and has a penchant for McQueen, which isn't exactly sold at Whistles. But she will wear them until they're rags, and we love her for it.
The Royal Family continued its Jubilee celebrations this week, and Kate Middleton stepped out in a Missoni coat yesterday that gave us deja vu, because yep! She wore it not that long ago. And a sidenote: The coat is from 2010 (Kate, because she is a thrifty lady, picked it up at an outlet shopping center), but if you're interested in adding it to your collection of Kate Middleton looks, Grazia is reporting that M Missoni will re-release it this July for £670 ($1,040).
Anyway, we were inspired by this latest outfit repeat to try to figure out how many times she's recycled outfits. So we did. And it's a lot.
Click through to see all of Kate's best sartorial do-overs.
Smythe Blazer: The Duchess of Cambridge took this versatile navy blazer and gave it the professional lady treatment, wearing it over a shift dress back in June 2011 to kick off her 9-day Canadian tour. Then she went casual in some skinny jeans and her LK Bennett summer wedges (remember those? We miss them!) a week later, also in Canada. That's just smart packing.
M-Missoni Coat: We first saw this rather drab plain coat back in March of this year--livened up with flowers--when she wore it to a tea at Fortnum & Mason in London. Here it is again this week, when Kate attended a Diamond Jubilee event, in all its monochrome glory. Matching shoes and fascinator? Check!
Katherine Hooker Coat/Jenny Packham Dress: Kate Middleton did a double repeat for this one, wearing the coat over a Jenny Packham dress that she'd previously debuted during her North American tour (and which we loved!) We first saw the Katherine Hooker coat in June 2011 at an Order of the Garter service. How many neutral-colored hats/fascinators do you think she has?
LK Bennett Nude Heels: She's worn these babies more times than we can count. This is but a small sampling. We hope she has some good shoe polish, because they must really take a beating.
Diane Von Furstenberg Maja Dress: Green is this lady's color--she needs to wear it more often. Well, she already wore it twice, first last summer when she graced our fair shores for her first-ever visit to California, then again a few weeks later on a royal party yacht before Zara Phillips' wedding. Not exactly what we would wear to a booze cruise, but she's royalty.
Blue Zara Dress/Jane Troughton Coat: The day after Kate Middleton wed Prince William and became the Duchess of Cambridge, she chose to wear this Zara dress for her first outing as a married woman. It sold out in six seconds. Obviously it's a staple wardrobe item, and you can see it peeking out from under a brocade-print coat two months later, when she attended a service to celebrate Prince Philip's 90th birthday. Her blue Jane Troughton coat had previously worn at a wedding back in 2009.
Emilia Wickstead Dress: This is the famous $2,000 pink dress, which Kate first debuted at a luncheon she attended a few weeks ago, then surprised---nay, shocked--the world when she wore it a mere two weeks later to a high profile garden party at Buckingham Palace, but added a pink hat.
Reiss Dress: This Reiss dress, which KMidd wore in her official engagement photos, was the one that arguably started the whole retail "Kate Middleton effect" (ie everything that she wears sells out). She was so happy with how it looked in those Testino-lensed pics that she pulled it out again in Canada last year with a smashing red topper and maple leaf pin.
Katherine Hooker Coat: Stylists in magazine advice columns are always telling you to make sure you have a good tailor. And darn it, Kate listened! Here she is way back in 2006 in the original coat attending the Cheltenhem races (also: nice furry hat). She held on to that coat and got it shortened/modernized, and it came out of the closet again in February 2011 when she wore it to a ship christening. Bonus: Now you know how to dress if anyone ever invites you to a ship christening.
Jane Troughton Gold Brocade Coat: This coat just looks royal, doesn't it? She first wore it back in 2006 to a wedding, then dusted it off and wore it again--with the now infamous potato chip hat to Zara Phillips' wedding in July 2011.
Issa Dress: She busted out this casual little number the day before the Royal Wedding. It must be fairly wrinkle-resistant, because she packed it up and wore it again in Canada a few months later.
Zara Dress: As if her high street shopping habit didn't have us swooning over the Duchess to begin with, her knack for maximizing versatility has us even more enamoured. Kate donned a black and white circle print dress from Zara in 2007 when she spent the night bar-hopping (with sis Pippa, obvi) in London. All the Jello shot stains must have come out, because she wore it again in June 2011 to a wedding.
Blue Reiss Dress:
Kate isn't afraid to raid her mom's closet once in a while. Here she is in March of this year on the occasion of her first public speech, wearing an old dress of her mom's from 2008. Maybe it is the family's good luck dress? She also borrowed Mum's hat back in 2009. They never throw anything away in the Middleton family.
Amanda Wakely Suit: It's the outfit repeat that almost went unnoticed: Duchess Catherine first wore her vintage navy Amanda Wakeley suit with corset-style bodice to meet with a children's soccer club on April 2011, a mere week and a half before her wedding. We saw the same suit again two months later in June when she posed with hubby Prince William for an official portrait in advance of their official nine day tour of North America.
Ted Baker Trench: We first saw this feminine flared trench back in 2008 when she wore it to a horse racing festival with a very jaunty fedora. It came back into circulation in July 2011 for the now legendary North American tour.