You don't even want to know what I was wearing in 2008.

By Samantha Sutton
Updated Mar 04, 2020 @ 12:45 pm
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If I'm being honest, I don't typically obsess over Kate Middleton's outfits. The royal has a specific aesthetic — she enjoys a good colorful coat, skirt suits, mid-length dresses, and a trusty pair of boots. Her outfits are one's that I do enjoy for the most part (especially her recent green options and her newfound love of headbands), but it's not too often that I feel shocked by them.

Until today, that is, when I saw the double-breasted Reiss coat that she wore while out in Ireland with her new, shorter 'do.

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At first glance, the cream-colored outerwear option might seem simple. It's perfectly tailored to Kate's body, flaring out a bit at the waist and almost looking dress-like. But, what if I told you the duchess has had this coat in her closet since before she was a duchess? What if I said she's been wearing it since before she was even engaged?

That's right: Kate has owned this same coat since 2008. 2000-freakin'-eight!

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To me, that in itself is impressive. She was only 26 the first time she was spotted wearing the design, meaning she made a very smart purchase 12 whole years ago. Just like Kate's other outfit repeats, the coat doesn't even look out of place in 2020. The design is so classic and timeless that if you had said she bought it yesterday, I would believe you.

Perhaps this more of a personal thing for me. In 2008, I was, unfortunately, a fan of Ed Hardy shirts and considered a trip to Forever 21 to be a full event. I'm pretty sure I bought a basic black North Face that same year, which went perfectly with my black leggings and Ugg boots (the knit kind, because those were ~new~). I'm a few years younger than Kate, but the point is, early '00s fashion was questionable at best.

And yet, there she was, rising above it all.

Please, Kate — consider this me officially bowing down to you. You've perfectly demonstrated how smart it is to invest in essentials, rather than hop on every trend (like, um, Ed Hardy shirts) and, no matter what your title is, you're a sustainable queen in my eyes.