40 Times Kate Middleton Recycled an Outfit

Madison Breaux | Nov 19, 2018 Celebrities
40 Times Kate Middleton Recycled an Outfit
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Now, we can only imagine what a royal closet must look like. This family has access to just about every designer, every gown, and every accessory they could ever want, but our dear Kate Middleton is more frugal than we might imagine. Sure, she could have a different outfit for every single royal engagement she needs to attend, but that would get a little outrageous, no? This woman bounces from event to event, so it makes sense that she would dig to the back of her closet to find something to wear. Ever since she joined the royal family in 2011, the Duchess of Cambridge has not been shy about re-wearing some of her clothes.

Whether it's a casual dress, a coat, or even a fancy ballgown, Kate isn't afraid to rock it more than once. Sometimes she even wears something three, or day we say it, four times. If she only wore a piece of clothing once, then her closet would be the size of Buckingham Palace itself.

And we can imagine the queen wouldn't be too happy about that fashion budget, but if you ask us, she should really talk to Meghan Markle about that. The Duchess of Sussex is definitely on track to spend more than Kate on clothes, so maybe she should take lessons from her sister-in-law on how to properly re-wear a piece of clothing. 

She's an expert at it, at this point.

So, here are 40 times Kate re-wore an outfit perfectly. If anyone needs styling tips on how to keep a single piece of clothing fresh, look no further than our favorite Duchess of Cambridge. 

  • The Teal Dress - 2014

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    The duchess first stepped out in this dress in 2014 during her trip with Prince William to New Zealand.

  • The Teal Dress - 2018

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    Kate Middleton
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    Kate stepped out with Will in the same teal dress in 2018. Some things never go out of style!

  • L.K. Bennet Dress - 2014

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    Kate Middleton
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    Kate looked unbelievably classy and elegant in this blue and white dress that she wore in 2014, and she definitely kept it toward the front of her closet.

  • L.K. Bennet Dress - 2016

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    Kate Middleton
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    In 2016, it was the same dress and the same Kate. Does this woman even age?

  • Bright Yellow - 2014

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    Kate Middleton Prince William
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    Kate was radiant in New Zealand with this bright yellow dress.

  • Bright Yellow - 2016

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    Kate Middleton
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    And here we have the same dress two years later at Wimbledon! We think it was an appropriate choice. 

  • The Teal Gown - 2012

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    Kate Middleton
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    Kate wowed the crowd in this beautiful gown back when she was still a fresh royal.

  • The Teal Gown - 2018

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    Kate Middleton
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    This was six years after Kate originally wore the gown, and she looks exactly the same. How?

  • Classic Skirt Suit - 2011

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    Kate Middleton Prince William
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    Kate and Will visited St. Andrews, and the soon-to-be duchess was glowing in her bright red suit.

  • Classic Skirt Suit - 2014

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    Kate Middleton Prince William
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    Flash forward three years, and the duchess wore the same outfit, and still looked amazing.

  • Classic Skirt Suit - 2017

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    Kate Middleton Prince William
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    Kate must really love this outfit, because she wore it for a THIRD time in 2017. We have a feeling we'll be seeing this one for a fourth time.

  • Black Lace Gown - 2012

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    Kate Middleton
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    This black lace dress was a favorite for Kate for about a year. We haven't seen it since 2013, but who knows, maybe she'll pull it out again!

  • Black Lace Gown - 2013

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    Kate Middleton
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    And honestly, we get why she wore it so often. It looks amazing on her!

  • Floral Gray - 2012

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    Kate Middleton
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    This sweet dress is perfect for Kate's royal engagements, so we can see why she would want to re-wear it. Function and fashion!

  • Floral Gray - 2015

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    Kate Middleton
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    She tried the dress again with an updo, and yup, it looked just as good!

  • Sweater Dress - 2011

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    Kate Middleton
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    Now this is a throwback. Kate wore this adorable sweater dress in Canada back when she and Will were first married.

  • Sweater Dress - 2012

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    Kate Middleton
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    OK -- we're hoping Kate brings this one back again. It's just too cute.

  • St. Patrick's Day - 2012

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    Kate Middleton
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    We are loving this dark green coat Kate broke out for St. Patrick's Day.

  • St. Patrick's Day - 2013

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    Kate Middleton
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    And because it doesn't make any sense to buy something new for the same holiday, she wore it the next year, too.

  • Blue Dress - 2012

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    Kate Middleton
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    Kate looks adorable in this color blue, and don't worry, we're going to see this dress several times.

  • Blue Dress - 2014

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    Kate Middleton Prince William
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    Kate definitely knows she looks amazing in this dress.

  • Blue Dress - 2014

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    Kate Middleton
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    ... and here it is again. 

  • Lilac Frock - 2017

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    Kate Middleton
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    Kate looks amazing in this light purple dress that she wore in Germany.

  • Lilac Frock - 2018

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    Kate Middleton
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    She looks so amazing in it that she broke it out again for a royal engagement with Prince William.

  • Emerald Ballgown - 2014

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    Kate Middleton
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    A duchess can only have so many ballgowns, so it makes sense that Kate would re-use this one a few times!

  • Emerald Ballgown - 2014

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    Kate Middleton
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    Kate wore this dress twice in the same year.

  • Vintage Blue Dress - 2014

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    Kate Middleton
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    Kate sure does love belted dress, and she definitely got her use out of this one.

  • Vintage Blue Dress - 2014

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    Kate Middleton
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    Kate wore this dress twice in one year, and we're sure we'll see it again.

  • Green Coat Dress - 2014

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    Kate Middleton
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    Kate is a huge advocate for the coat/dress combo. Not everyone could pull off this bright green color!

  • Green Coat Dress - 2016

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    Kate Middleton
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    But, Kate pulled it off twice. This duchess has magical powers, we're certain of it.

  • Yellow Lace - 2012

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    Kate Middleton
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    Now isn't this the absolute perfect summer dress? Kate ... any chance you can let us borrow it?

  • Yellow Lace - 2014

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    Kate Middleton Prince George
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    Looks like that answer might be no .... Kate is too busy wearing it herself.

  • Bright Pink Coat - 2014

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    Kate Middleton Prince William
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    There's one thing we know for sure, Kate Middleton is not afraid of color.

  • Bright Pink Coat - 2015

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    Kate Middleton
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    She wore the coat again when she was pregnant with the adorable Princess Charlotte.

  • Dark Green Coat - 2014

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    Kate Middleton Prince William
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    Kate may be a duchess, but she's queen of the perfect winter coat.

  • Dark Green Coat - 2014

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    Kate Middleton
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    Clearly, this dark green coat was her outwear of choice during 2014.

  • Dark Green Separates - 2012

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    Kate Middleton Queen Elizabeth
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    Kate was still a fresh royal when she wore this ensemble, but we have a good feeling the queen approved.

  • Dark Green Separates - 2015

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    Kate Middleton
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    Three years later, Kate broke out the same outfit, but she switched up the belt. She keeps things fresh, that's for sure!

  • Tweed Dress - 2014

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    Kate Middleton
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    We love this classic look on Kate, and it's hard to imagine that this was four years ago!

  • Tweed Dress - 2016

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    Kate Middleton
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    Two years later, Kate wore the same gray dress, and if she keeps re-wearing this every two years, then we should be seeing it again soon.

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