Kate Middleton is consistently one of the most popular members of the royal family, year after year. Critics and fans alike love how realistic and approachable she seems to be, as well as what a devoted mother she is.
The Duchess of Cambridge has more than proven her loyalty to the royal family after being with Prince William for years. And, she navigates the more difficult parts of royal life with grace and charm.
People also love Duchess Kate’s thrifty habits. Although she has access to fabulous wealth, Middleton frequently recycles elements of her designer wardrobe.
Kate Middleton’s style is timeless and chic
Middleton joined the royal family in April 2011, and from the moment she stepped into the spotlight, wearing her beautiful lace wedding dress, all eyes were on Middleton. Prince William’s longtime love has always been beautiful and eye-catching, but in the years since she officially became a member of the royal family, she has proven to have a timeless style as well.
Middleton tends to choose clothes with simple, clean lines and dresses in eye-catching, bold colors. Middleton often wears clothes that never go out of style, including A-line dresses and comfortable midi dresses. She will occasionally step out in denim or slacks on casual occasions but never looks less than perfect, no matter what the day calls for.
Still, she is known to have a great sense of humor and is not above “twinning” with Prince William on occasion. During each of her three pregnancies, Middleton has tended to choose comfortable, traditional maternity styles — a contrast to Meghan Markle’s ultra-glamorous (and very expensive) pregnancy wardrobe.
Kate Middleton re-wears the same outfits over and over
Unlike a lot of celebrities, Middleton has often been seen wearing the same piece of clothing over and over again throughout a period of many years. For example, Middleton has a beautiful teal dress by designer Emilia Wickstead. Middleton was first seen wearing the dress in 2014 and stepped out in the garment again in 2015, and once more in late 2018.
One of Middleton’s longtime favorite outfits is a cranberry suit, which she first wore in 2012. Middleton has held onto the suit for years, breaking it out in 2017 and then again in 2018.
Still, Middleton is never boring, even when she recycles a favorite piece of clothing. She will frequently change up her accessories and shoes to coincide with whatever new event she is going to.
Some have speculated that the reason why Middleton chooses to recycle certain outfits is that those outfits are particular favorites of Prince William and he might have paid her compliments when wearing them. Whatever the reason, there’s no doubt that people love Duchess Kate for her thrift.
What message is Kate Middleton sending to the media when she recycles outfits?
In late September, Middleton attended a friend’s wedding, wearing a blue coat that she had been spotted in at least once before. As is her habit, she added some special accessories to the outfit, including a stunning floral headband.
Middleton especially likes to recycle outfits when attending weddings, and as some sources have speculated, there could be a very good reason for this. Reportedly, the Duchess of Cambridge likes to wear the same outfit multiple times at weddings in order to send a subtle message to the media covering the event — so that the press coverage of her never overshadows the bride.
This is unconfirmed by Middleton herself, but it seems a very likely explanation. After all, she is known to be compassionate and kind, and this would be another example of her generosity towards others.