Kate Middleton Borrows Her Mum’s Dress

We have all already noticed that Kate Middleton is developing the tendency to recycle outfits, which is not only a fab way to save the pennies during an economic downturn but also a great way to help the environment and try to put a stop to the ever popular trend towards a throw-away society. Fashion recycling has been a royal trend for decades, with jewellery in particular being shared.

This time, Kate has been spotted in one of her Mum’s old Reiss dresses, which shows that you’re never too old to steal from your Mum’s wardrobe! The Duchess of Cambridge chose to wear the bright blue belted-waist dress this week to a royal engagement in Ipswich, London. This involved a visit to the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice, which is a charity that she has chosen to support. Kate’s Mum Carole originally wore the dress to Ascot in 2011, and it comes from Reiss’ 2008 Autumn/Winter collection, costing £139. So far, Reiss has reportedly stated that they have no plans to reproduce this dress, but I guess only time will tell whether they stick to their words or not, as no doubt hundreds of Kate’s style stalkers will already be blocking Reiss’ phone lines.

Kate Middleton wears Mum's Reiss dress

Kate has stepped out to several royal engagements over the past few weeks which proves that she is clearly settling in well to her new life centralised around royal appointments. For instance, the weekend saw Kate attending the Irish Guards’ parade in Aldershot to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, whereby she adhered to the tradition of presenting them with shamrocks. This was also the Duchess’ first solo military engagement, and for the occasion, she opted for a long, belted, emerald green dress coat accessorized with an Irish Guard’s brooch. The brooch itself was another example of royal fashion recycling as it previously belonged to the Queen Mother. 

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