The greatest recycled outfits from the Duchess of Cambridge

Ever since we saw Kate Middleton walk down that catwalk in a skimpy tube top and a sheer dress back in 2002, we've been obsessed with her style. Maybe it's because that frock was what caught the eye of Prince William. Either way, it's clear that she knew how to hold herself and wear her clothes with pride. 

And over the years, we've seen her grow into a bona fide fashion icon. Her status as such was announced the moment she stepped out of her bridal car in a full Alexander McQueen gown for her wedding to Prince William in April 2011. 

Not only does the 32-year-old make smart choices with her clothes, which include lots of structured, clean dresses in block colours with minimal detailing, she also knows how to recycle a decent outfit. 

From her recent re-wearing of an elegant dark green Jenny Packham gown in New York, which is on its third outing, to her favourite dressed down ensemble of a blazer, jeans and Breton top, we've taken a look at the Duchess of Cambridge's greatest recycle fashion hits. 

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  • In Jenny Packham, London, 24 Oct 2013

    At a Gala dinner in aid of Action on Addiction hosted by the 100 Women in Hedge Funds Philanthropic Initiatives, this beautiful green dress by Jenny Packham was on its first of many outings.

  • In Jenny Packham, London, 11 Feb 2014

    At The Portrait Gala 2014 in London, the Duchess once again pulled this dress out of her wardrobe.

  • In Jenny Packham, New York, 9 Dec 2014

    Arriving at the St. Andrews 600th Anniversary Dinner, this is the third time the Duchess of Cambridge has worn this dress. 

  • In LK Bennett, London, 14 Feb 2014

    Another high street hit, this blue frock from LK Bennett beautifully off-set the flowing brown locks of the Duchess, as she opens the ICAP Art Room at Northolt High School, Ealing.

  • In LK Bennett, London, 5 Aug 2014

    Later on this year, while visiting the poppy exhibition at the Tower of London created by artist Paul Cummins, she once again went for this bold blue dress. 

  • In Alexander McQueen, London, 3 June 2012

    As part of the many celebrations that took place for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, the duchess wore this fit-and-flare dress with matching red hat. 

  • In Alexander McQueen, Buckingham Palace, London, Feb 2014

    As one of Kate's favourite designers (well, it was the same fashion house who created her beautiful wedding dress) it's no surprise that she's worn this outfit more than once. Here, she's wearing it at a reception for the dramatic arts.

  • In Hobbs, Liverpool, 14 Feb 2012

    Always a fan of a high street brand, the duchess opted for a demure brown Hobbs coat, which she wore on a visit to The Brink in Liverpool, which is an alcohol-free bar. 
  • In Hobbs, Grimsby, 5 March 2013

    But, of course, that wasn't the only time she wore the outfit. She also chose it here for a guided tour of the National Fishing Heritage Centre by local trawlerman, during which she heard about Grimsby's maritime and fishing heritage. 


  • In Luisa Spagnoli, Scotland, 25 Feb 2011

    The Duchess of Cambridge first wore this suit when her and her then fiancé Prince William went to St Andrews, the university where they met and fell in love, to unveil a plaque commemorating the 600th anniversary of the university.

  • In Luisa Spagnoli, New Zealand, April 2014

    During their tour of Australia and New Zealand, the duchess opted for this red suit again, this time while she was throwing a cricket ball at an event to mark the launch of the 2015 Cricket World Cup. 

  • In Emilia Wickstead, Aldershot, 17 March 2012

    Presenting the Shamrock to 1st Battalion Irish Guards on St Patrick's Day, Aldershot.

  • In Emilia Wickstead, Aldershot, 17 March 2013

    For the same ceremony the next year, our favourite and most stylish royal wore the same coat to the St Patrick's Day Parade in Hampshire. Well, if it ain't broke... 

  • In Diane Von Furstenburg, Los Angeles, 8 July 2011

    While visiting the Hancock Park home of the British Consulate General in Los Angeles with her husband Prince William, Kate opted for a simple and bold DVF dress. 

  • In Diane Von Furstenburg, Edinburgh, 29 Jul 2011

    In the same year, Kate decided that this emerald frock deserved another outing, this time at the Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall pre wedding party, aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia in Scotland.

  • In a jacquared paisley coat dress, London, 14 Aug 2009

    At the wedding of Nicholas van Cutsem.

  • In a jacquared paisley coat dress, Windsor, 12 Jun 2011

    At Prince Philip's 90th birthday service of thanksgiving at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.

  • In a Missoni coat, London, 1 Mar 2012

    This elegant and subtle Missoni coat was worn by the duchess at a visit to Fortnum and Mason, London.

  • In a Missoni coat, Nottingham, 13 Jun 2012

    This coat made another outing that year just a couple of months later at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee UK Tour, Nottingham.

  • In Alexander McQueen, New Zealand, 10 Apr 2014

    During their tour of Australia and New Zealand, Prince William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge laid a wreath at the Blenheim war memorial Seymour Square for which the duchess wore this chic Alexander McQueen ensemble.

  • In Alexander McQueen, France, 6 June 2014

    Later on that year, while she visited Normandy with Prince William to mark the 70th anniversary of D Day​, she wore it again, this time with a dark blue hat.

  • In Zimmermann, Australia, 18 April 2014

    Perhaps one of her more casual dresses, and a look we particularly love, is Kate's flirty white Broderie Anglaise Zimmermann dress, which was perfect for her visit to the Sydney Royal Easter Show, Sydney.

  • In Zimmermann, London, 2 July 2014

    Another event it was perfect for was this year's Wimbledon Championships, where the royal couple watched the world's best tennis players battle it out on day nine of the competition.

  • In Hobbs, Australia, 22 April 2014

    Another Hobbs selection was this white and grey checked day dress. The duchess originally wore this on a visit to Uluru, Northern Territory, Australia.

  • In Hobbs, London, 26 July 2014

    The ideal dress for the warmer months, it's no wonder she opted to wear this during July when she attended the launch of the Coach Core Programme at Bacon's College, Rotherhithe, London.

  • In J Brand Jeans and Ralph Lauren Blazer, London, 18 October 2013

    As her first public outing since giving birth to her son George, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge opted for a very casual jeans and blazer combo while visiting the SportsAid Athlete Workshop, Copper Box, Olympic Park, Stratford, London.

  • In a Zara Jacket, New Zealand, 11 April 2014

    This year, she decided to bring out a similar look while she was on the royal tour of Australia and New Zealand. 

  • In Temperley London, London, 8 January 2012

    This elegant black lace floor-length dress was first worn to the War Horse film premiere, London.

  • In Temperley London, London, 11 December 2013

    At David Attenborough's: Natural History Museum Alive screening, the duchess decided to go for this dramatic gown once again. 

  • In Rouland Mouret, London, 8 May 2012

    Roland Mouret's classic structured dresses haven't missed the attentions of Kate who chose to wear this gown at to a dinner at The Thirty Club at Claridges, London.

  • In Rouland Mouret, London, 5 December 2013

    She liked it so much, in fact, that she went for it again for the Mandela: long walk to freedom film premiere, London.

  • In Emilia Wickstead, Berkshire, 18 May 2012

    We very much love this delicate pink dress by Emilia Wickstead which the duchess wore to the Sovereign Monarchs Jubilee Lunch at Windsor Castle in Berkshire. 

  • In Emilia Wickstead, London, 29 May 2012

    At the Diamond Jubilee garden party at Buckingham Palace, Kate once again wore this £1,200 pink pleated dress. 

  • In a Jane Troughton coat, Wiltshire, 6 May 2006

    At the wedding of Laura Parker Bowles at St Cyriac's church in Lacock, Wiltshire, Kate, who wasn't even engaged to William then, opted for a Jane Troughton coat. This style was a sign of chic things to come and a marker of her signature style.

  • In a Jane Troughton coat, Edinburgh, 30 July 2011

    A great recycler, no matter how much time has passed, at the Wedding of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall, the duchess wore the same coat from back in 2006, proving that style never really does go out of fashion.

  • In Reiss, London, 12 December 2010

    When the couple announced their engagement on 16th November 2010, the official photographs taken of the pair included Kate wearing a simple Reiss white dress. Reiss sold one of their 'Nanette' dresses every minute thanks to the royal endorsement.


  • In Reiss, Quebec, Canada, 1 July 2011

    While attending a citizenship ceremony at The Museum of Civilisation in Canada, Kate this time accessorised her white dress with a red hat with a Maple leaf-shaped style on the top. 

  • In Alexander McQueen, Canada, 4 July 2011

    It's no surprise that many outfits here have been from Alexander McQueen. As her wedding dress designer, it's clearly Kate's go-to fashion house. Here she is wearing this nautical-style wool dress while on a royal tour of Prince Edward Island, Canada.

  • In Alexander McQueen, London, 4 July 2012

    Another perfect Wimbledon look for Kate in 2012.

  • In Alexander McQueen, Berkshire, 30 November 2012

    While visiting St Andrew's School in Pangbourne, Berkshire, she played hockey in her tartan McQueen ensemble. She's a braver woman than us. 

  • In Alexander McQueen, Norfolk, 25 December 2013

    As part of the Christmas Day Service, she once again decided to opt for this outfit again.

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