Good on you Kate, you should wear a frock more than once

Nikki Parkinson Fashion 45 Comments

Can you believe that Kate Middleton has come under fire for – gosh, horror – wearing the same clothes more than once?

People are saying that as a future Queen she should have a new frock every time she steps out the door.  Ridiculous.  And those same people would be the ones throwing their two cents in if she did have a throw-away mentality to her wardrobe.

Kate Middleton, left, dressed for a friend's wedding in a dress she also wore clubbing in 2007.  Photo: Yahoo 7! Lifestyle

Kate Middleton, left, dressed for a friend's wedding in a frock she also wore clubbing in 2007. Photo: Yahoo 7! Lifestyle

Here’s what I think.

She’s doing the right thing.  Times are tight all around the world.  Flaunting an unlimited clothes budget doesn’t endear you to the general public who put feeding their kids ahead of a new frock.

And I’m a big believer in bringing out a cocktail dress or a business outfit “from the vault” and slightly updating my look by adding a statement necklace or a new jacket.  I get to re-live that feeling that I had when I first wore that outfit.

This is smart wardrobing at its ethical and sustainable best – and I think Kate’s clever enough to realise that.

This concept of recessionista chic first evolved at the start of the GFC three years ago.  It became not only acceptable to re-cycle what you have in your wardrobe, it’s expected that you do so.

Except it seems if you are the Duchess of Cambridge?

What do you think?  Should Kate re-cycle her frocks?  Do you like bringing out something from “the vault”?

 

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  1. Seriously, there is no pleasure some elements. As you say, the same people who are aghast at this would also burn her at the stake for flaunting countless new outfits.

    I think it shows her respect for the tough times we face – even if the royals dont feel the pinch like us. To flaunt it seems so vulgar. And vulgar she is not.

    And if its a FAVE outfit that she adored wearing, why shouldnt she enjoy it a second time around??

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  2. Great post Nikki and here’s an idea….how about some posts explaining how to re-gig the pieces we have to create several looks across the seasons? I tend to wear my garments in the same combinations each time and would love to be a little more creative/unpredictable!

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  3. I agree that some people have far too much time on their hands if they can sit around and go through photos from years ago – give the girl a break and instead congratulate her for saving tax dollars!!

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      It does seem a crazy thing to be ridiculed for doesn’t it. I actually make a point of telling girlfriends how great they look in an outfit that we both know has been recycled more than once.

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  4. Love her. I think wearing clothes more than once is absolutely spot-on in setting the right tone for her new role.

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  5. Hear hear! I remember when this first “came out” that it’s nice to see someone in her position reusing clothes. I’m sure her obviously large wardrobe has plenty of pieces we’ll see again, re-jazzed. Besides, the people who sit down and go through all the photos to find a photo from that long ago clearly have too much time on their hands!!

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  6. I have a very, very small wardrobe.
    I have a few nice going out clothes that I rotate and change up as you said by either changing my shoes or jewellery or a new top or jacket. I just don’t have the money to go out and buy a new outfit every time I go out.
    A tip for getting a new look is raiding a friends wardrobe. I often raid my younger sisters as we are a similar size, and my best friend is always offering up her clothes. I just wish we were the same shoe size!

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  7. I’m a huge advocate of change your look with accessories!

    I love that she always looks great, and has ‘real world’ values.

    I think I would be horrified if I couldn’t wear my favourite pieces over again.

    You’re right, she would be criticised if she had a ‘throw away’ wardrobe. Good on her for being true to herself!

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  8. Kate just keeps doing it for me. She is in touch with the ‘real world’ and has a great sense of style. I love how she has changed her look with her accessories.

    I just wish she’d hurry up and get pregnant so I can add her to my Mummy Crush list.

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  9. i was just having this conversation with a friend the other day! we decided if we love the dres sand it makes us feel good, it deserves a rewear – just hopefully in a different scenario/different people.

    i love the way she has just changed the accessories and given it a fresh update. acutally, i just love the Duchess!

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      So, so true Belle. I’m also upfront with my friends – I tell them that they’ll be seeing a dress a lot – particularly if it’s one that makes me feel a million dollars every time I put it on!

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