22 Times Kate Middleton's Outfit Was So Good, She Decided to Wear It Again
She's officially called the Duchess of Cambridge, but Kate Middleton also holds another important title: Queen Outfit Repeater. The royal has been recycling some of her best outfits for years, whether she's showing up to events in a gown from 2012, or rewearing a skirt suit we first saw mere months before.
Half of the time, Kate doesn't even bother to make any changes; if her structured shift looked great with black heels the first time, she'll copy that look from head-to-toe for the next occasion. Sometimes, however, she'll surprise us, making tiny alterations to a piece, adding tights, or swapping out accessories. It all depends on what she's feeling.
So, which looks were worth wearing more than once? We've rounded up Kate's best outfit repeats, ahead. Not only will it provive some outfit inspiration ahead of tomorrow, it's a lesson in thinking more sustainably, too.
VIDEO: Kate Middleton's Best Fashion Repeats
Gold Embellished Alexander McQueen Dress
What a difference eight years can make. At the 2020 BAFTAs, Kate stepped out in an Alexander McQueen gown, which had been altered a bit since she first wore in to a state dinner in Malaysia in 2012. This time around, it was more tailored and the sleeves were less sheer, but it was no doubt the perfect choice for the awards show, which encouraged guests to dress sustainably.
Off-the-Shoulder Barbara Casasola Dress
Kate proved that this creamy, off-the-shoulder number can be dressed up or dressed down depending on footwear. In 2016, she paired the piece with neutral sandals, but took things to new level for 2019's Addiction Awareness Week Gala Dinner, adding a pair of sparkly heels.
Red Catherine Walker Coat Dress
Tartan Alexander McQueen Coat
Blue Alexander McQueen Coat
Brocade Day Birger et Mikkelsen Coat Dress
Nautical-Inspired Alexander McQueen Outfit
Pink Mulberry Coat
Belted Luisa Spagnoli Suit
White Alexander McQueen Coat Dress
Turquoise Jenny Packham Dress
The Duchess of Cambridge first wore this Jenny Packham gown in May 2012, during the "Our Greatest Team Rises" Olympics concert. However, years laer, in 2018, she resurrected the look for the Tusk Conservation House Awards Banquet, swapping her updo for loose waves.
Steel Blue M Missoni Coat
Blue Roksanda Dress
Erdem Emerald Green Overcoat
Deep Blue Jenny Packham Gown
Kate debuted this ink blue, belted Jenny Packham gown at the 100 Women in Hedge Funds/Action on Addiction gala dinner in London in 2013, but a few months later, it was back in rotation, this time for the National Portrait Gallery's Gala. A stunning diamond-drop necklace, on loan from Queen Elizabeth, adding a little something special.
Leg-Slit Roland Mouret Gown
It's not too often that the duchess opts for a thigh-high slit, so her Roland Mouret gown — which Kate wore to a dinner honoring Prince William in 2012 — has remained in our memory. That's likely why we immediately recognized the piece in 2013, when she took it out for another spin at the premeire of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, adding a statement necklace from Zara and black pumps.
Black Lace Temperley London Gown
While this custom, lace Temperley London was originally worn at the premiere of War Horse in January 2012, it made an appearance again, ten months later, for University of St. Andrews’s 600th Anniversary Appeal, styled with a red Alexander McQueen clutch. Kate gave it another run in December 2013, attending David Attenborough’s “Natural History Museum Alive 3D” in London.
Printed Orla Kiely Dress
The duchess went with this bird-printed coat, brown tights, Aquatalia ankle boots, and an Emmy clutch while visiting schools in Oxford during February of 2012. She loved the ensemble so much, she wore the look again in November 2013, repeating the ensemble head-to-toe.
Green Emilia Wickstead Coat Dress
Kate's green Emilia Wickstead coat dress is no doubt on-theme for St. Patrick's Day, which is likely why she chose to wear it for celebrations in both 2012 and 2013. The second time around, she switched things up with a black turtleneck, tights, and a John Locke beret.
Pleated Pink Emilia Wickstead Dress
Looking pretty in pink — and pleats! Kate wore this pleated dress by Emilia Wickstead in May of 2012 for a luncheon with Prince William, and just a few days later, wore it again or a garden party at Buckingham Palace, this time adding a matching hat.
Floral Jenny Packham Dress
For her first visit to the U.S. in 2011, Kate's floral Jenny Packham dress was the perfect choice, looking both polished and super sweet while stopping by The Foundation Polo Challenge. However, the piece worked for a friend's 2012 wedding as well, where it was spiced up with a Katherine Hooker coat and Whiteley hat.
Knit Alexander McQueen Dress
Kate visited Prince Edward Island on July 4, 2011, choosing to wear an Alexander McQueen dress with a sailor-inspired neckline. Exactly one year later, the look was back, this time for the Wimbledon Championships, honoring the tournament's signature white color.