8 Times Kate & Meghan Totally Recycled Their Favorite Fashion Pieces
When most of us find an outfit we love, we rock it time and time again. Although Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle are technically royal and have closets bigger than most people’s apartments, they can’t resist the call of a winning outfit either. From Middleton’s Seraphine maternity dress to Markle’s Aquazzura pumps, here are eight times these royals recycled their fave looks.
Jenny Packham Gown: 2012 vs. 2018
The Duchess of Cambridge rewore this stunning Jenny Packham dress (which is awfully similar to one of Princess Diana’s) at a Tusk event in November. The first time she donned the gown, at a 2012 Olympics gala, she paired it with an elaborate updo, smokey eyes and drop diamond earrings. This time around she opted for loose curls, a fresh face and the same clutch, aka a totally different vibe.
Emilia Wickstead Dress & Gianvito Rossi Pumps: 2017 vs. 2018
Pre-Prince Louis, Middleton donned this lilac Emilia Wickstead number with face-framing waves, her Gianvito Rossi nude suede pumps and a surprisingly bold Anya Hindmarch snakeskin clutch. When she sported the frock at a post-Louis event, she swapped the clutch for a top-handle Aspinal of London bag, added a diamond necklace and earring set and stuck with her tried-and-true nude pumps.
Aquazzura Heels: June 2018 vs. September 2018
Markle owns several sets of Aquazzura pumps, but these “Deneuve” heels in black are by far her favorite (she even owns them in nude). She paired them with a light pink belted Prada skirt suit at the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards Ceremony in June and again with a Givenchy LBD to open the “Oceania” exhibit in September. There’s nothing as chic as a black pump with a surprising cutout.
Seraphine Dress: 2015 vs. 2018
The duchess first donned her floral-print Seraphine dress ($99) during her second trimester with Princess Charlotte. She zhuzhed it up with a fresh blow-out, drop earrings and navy Jimmy Choo “Georgia” pumps ($313)—the classic K-Middy formula. It looked so mom-to-be chic that when she rewore the outfit in January 2018, she rocked the same exact accessories. The only difference? In 2015 she topped the dress with a light blue Seraphine coat, and in 2018 she opted for a deep blue Hobbs coat (similar, $440).
Smythe Blazer: 2016 vs. 2018
Unlike her Seraphine rewear, Middleton took a fresh new approach the second time she wore this aptly named “Duchess” blazer by Smythe ($695). When she first wore the wool topper on her 2016 Royal Tour of Canada, she kept it casual with a pussybow Somerset by Alice Temperley blouse, Kiki McDonough citrine drop earrings, R. Soles “Virgi” chocolate suede boots ($373) and green jeans. She went the totally opposite direction when she wore the blazer again in Cyprus in December 2018 with high-waisted, wide-leg Jigsaw slacks (yes, slacks) and an olive clutch ($152) and heels ($295) from L.K. Bennett.
Alexander McQueen Blazer: February 2018 vs. April 2018
Markle showed the true versatility of a black blazer with two completely different looks. At the Endeavour Fund Awards in February (where she gave her first ever royal speech), she styled her Alexander McQueen grain de poudre wool topper with a white blouse, cropped trousers and Manolo Blahnik BB pumps ($625). In April, however, the then soon-to-be Duchess of Sussex sported her McQueen blazer over a flirty green floral Self-Portrait dress with her Manolo pumps. Same blazer, totally different take.
Catherine Walker Coat: 2017 vs. 2018
As the queen of coats, it should come as no surprise that the Duchess of Cambridge has more than a few green ones, and she’s rocked her velvet-trim Catherine Walker coat on several occasions. To attend the centenary service for Armistice of Westminster Abbey in November, K-Middy accessorized it with a matching velvet headband/fascinator hybrid, diamond earrings and a simple black box clutch. But during the 2017 St. Patrick’s Day Parade she upped the festivity ante and paired it with a smart green fascinator, a shamrock brooch and a Guinness, natch. Cheers.
Eponine London Coatdress & Rupert Sanderson Pumps: 2017 vs. 2018
Coatdresses don’t quite fit into our daily repertoire of outfit ideas, but after seeing Middleton don her royal blue Eponine London coatdress and blue Rupert Sanderson “Malory” pumps with a simple black clutch twice, we’re kinda sold.