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
This look has it all — a bold color, a bit of shine (thanks to metallic buttons), and a tailored fit. It's no wonder that five years after wearing it in New Zealand, the royal broke it out once again for 2019's Commonwealth Day Service.
Tartan Alexander McQueen Coat
Sure, this coat might look fancy, but the duchess first wore it back 2012 while playing field hockey with children. Since then, she's used it to complete her outfit a handful of times, between the 2013 Christmas Day service and the 2019 opening of V&A Dundee in Scotland.
Blue Alexander McQueen Coat
Kate gravitates toward powder blue clothing, and since the color is so flattering on her, it's easy to see why this Alexander McQueen coat has become one of her go-tos. We first spotted her wearing it during a 2014 trip to New Zealand, followed by the RAF Air Cadets 75th anniversary celebration in London. Years later, in 2019, she wore the outerwear option to the naming ceremony for The RSS Sir David Attenborough.
Brocade Day Birger et Mikkelsen Coat Dress
Not many people have kept the same clothes in rotation since 2006, but Kate has. Her gold brocade dress first caught our eye during her pre-royal days, when she wore it to the 2006 wedding of Laura Parker Bowles. The look was such a hit, she chose it again for Zara Phillips's 2011 wedding, and then for 2012's London Paralympic Games. The last time the piece made an appearance was 2016, popping up at the Secretary of State's annual Garden party.
Nautical-Inspired Alexander McQueen Outfit
Sometimes, the best outfits are the simple ones, and nothing is simpler than Kate's Alexander McQueen set, which is already paired together and only requires shoes (Kate prefers navy heels) and accessories to make it complete. The royal relied on this look for a visit to Summerfield Community Centre in 2011, and again in 2014, for a trip to Bletchley Park. She also went with the same pairing in 2016, while stopping by the 1851 Trust at the Land Rover Bar Headquarters.
Pink Mulberry Coat
Kate reminded us how much we loved this vibrant Mulberry coat after she rewore for a trip to Coventry Cathedral in 2018. Of course, we'd been lusting after it for years. The duchess was first seen wearing this bold layer in 2015, as she toured the Stephen Lawrence Centre in March of that year.
Belted Luisa Spagnoli Suit
Who said skirt suits have to be stuffy? Kate's Luisa Spagnoli option includes both a playful peplum and a sweet, bow-embellished belt, and the royal has become a pro at both dressing it up and keeping it casual. She styled the set with tights and boots in 2011, but stuck with classic black pumps the next two times she wore it, in 2015 and 2017.
White Alexander McQueen Coat Dress
We've grown accustomed to seeing Kate wear this white Alexander McQueen coat dress — partly because it's been her choice for a variety of high-profile events, like Princess Charlotte's 2015 christening and Meghan and Harry's 2018 wedding. Still, that doesn't keep her from breaking it out on the regular, like when she wore in for 2016's Trooping The Colour and the Passchendaele Commemorations in Belgium in 2017.
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
If this collarless, slate blue M Missoni coat looks familiar, that's because it's something we've seen the duchess reach for it time and time again. It first caught our eye in 2011, when Kate wore it for a trip to Fortnum & Mason, and she repeated the look a few months later during a Jubilee outing. She also proved it was perfect for a wedding in 2014, and opted to rock it again in 2016, while opening a new EACH Charity Shop in Holt, Norfolk.
Blue Roksanda Dress
An L.K. Bennett clutch and Kiki McDonough Grace earrings gave this structured dress a little something extra in July 2011. A year later, the look was revamped, thanks to a pair of Aquamarine earrings and a fresh updo.
Erdem Emerald Green Overcoat
In 2016, an emerald green Erdem overcoat was paired with black pumps and a black clutch for a visit to a London area hospital. However, it wasn't the first time we spotted the look. Kate originally wore it back in 2014 while visiting the National Cycling Centre of Excellence and Avantidrome during a trip to New Zealand.
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.
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