Kate Middleton Recycles From Her Own Chic Closet

01/11/2011 at 10:30 AM ET

Kate Middleton Recycles From Her Own Chic Closet

Whether it’s for her own official engagement pictures or just another social event in her busy schedule, Kate Middleton doesn’t have to look far when it comes to finding the perfect outfit–she simply recycles something from her oh-so-chic closet, adds some new accessories and voila…a new princess-to-be look is born. It’s a very royal trend (Princess Diana was known to mix and match old and new pieces and Princess Anne is quite famous for her frugal approach to fashion), so it’s entirely fitting that Middleton, who will marry into the British royal family in just a few months, should adopt the recession-friendly trend herself. And we have to say, the 29-year-old does it very well. Accompanying her fiancé, Prince William, to a friend’s wedding in the UK on Saturday, she recycled one of her much-loved ISSA black dresses (from the label’s Spring/Summer 2007 collection no less), which she had previously worn to Prince William’s cousin, Peter Phillips’ wedding in 2008. Worn underneath a current season velvet dress coat from independent London label Libélula, the outfit was topped off with a structural feathered beret and a glowing smile. A smart choice, in more ways than one. –Monique Jessen


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sam on

I love her coat I really want on. And yes someone like her with as much money as she has wearing the same dress twice to weddings is news. Why? Well cause she is very good at staying out trouble and lime lite but as a future princess people want more of her, and this is the best they can come up with. Also if you want to read world new and not gossip and styles of celebs I suggest you go to a different site like bbc.com that actually reports news not fashion.

Kit on

Sam, you are misinformed.

Kate doesn’t have any money – she’s been working for her father as a trumped up assistant for years. Once married, they’re going to live in housing for married Army folks with no staff whatsoever.

Since clothing is not disposable, *everyone* especially those in the public eye, should be seen to wear their clothing more than once – it’s a socially responsible thing to do.

She has been in the limelight for the entire eight years they’ve been dating – it’s she had to leave her prior job – the constant press attention got her fired.

I’m here to read celebrity news obviously – why else would I go to People.com? But this is not “news”, and shouldn’t be considered as such – even by people who love fashion.

Katie on

I re-wear clothes all the time. But I’m not in the public eye where there is intense pressure to wear something new and exciting and to be unique. So, good for her. It sets a nice example. It’s also nice to see her supporting British designers. I’m sure they appreciate it these days.

Janai on

Since when is wearing something you already own “recycling”? Good for her for not feeling compelled to step out in a completely new outfit every time she leaves the house but is it really news that she’s wearing clothes from her closet?

ivyleaguer on

I’ll tell you why this is news….it shows that a young lady, under a bright spotlight, can be comfortable with who she is. While it is important that the public views her as a ‘dignitary’ of sorts, she wants for the public to be able to relate to her as well. Kate is a beautiful and smart young lady, and proves on a daily basis, that just because she is soon-to-be-royalty, it doesn’t mean she has to be wasteful. Oh, and @Holly, my PHD says that I have a brain, yet I still care about what this lovely young lady does. hmmm Interesting, isn’t it?

Terri on

She is very classy!!! Beautiful…carries herself with such style and class!

Steph on

Seriously is this article about someone wearing the same item of clothing more than once in her lifetime?

s on

HOLLY, I do! It is an entertainment site. And because I love God, I like some light, cheerful, royal, fashion news. I find news of her fun and uplifting. If you cannot stand to ‘play’ with the rest of us, then go read about Mexican beheadings or the killing of Christians in the Middle East. More to your superior brain’s liking perhaps?

Lorelei51h on

To all those that are trying to disparage her, her style, her demeanor – just stop! She is a beautiful woman and just what the British Monarchy needs at this point in time. I think she is setting an example with her frugality that can only help William when he becomes King. She’s cool, seems friendly and not an upper class snooty ton as some of the ones that came from the gutter try to purport themselves.

E on

I can’t believe she has my bag! I bought it a couple of seasons ago at LKB!!!

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