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The Dress So Nice Kate Middleton Wore It Twice

Jun 11 2014 - 9:55am

Kate Middleton's known for recycling her royal gear, so that she repeated a lace Alexander McQueen [1] sheath at today's Buckingham Palace garden party is no surprise to us. But what made us do a double take is how different the dress appeared with the mere removal of a belt and the addition of the neutral accessories. In an instant, her 2012 Diamond Jubilee design was transformed into a 2014 knockout.

Of course, this is far from the first time the duchess repeated an outfit: at the Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom premiere [2] in 2013, she arrived in a crisp Roland Mouret [3] gown that had already made an appearance in London one year earlier [4]. Check out all the recycled red carpet moments that made us bow to the majesty of Kate.

Kate Middleton in Roland Mouret

By swapping her silver Jimmy Choo [5] sandals and matching clutch for black accessories, Kate let her necklace do all the sparkling and reinvented her sexy high-slit Roland Mouret [6] gown more than a year after she originally wore it in London.

Kate Middleton in Armani

Kate knows her Armani [7] coat looks most striking against dark extras — whether they be dramatic as she wore in a 2006 London parade or pared down as we saw while she was out, about, and pregnant for a royal appearance in April 2013.

Kate Middleton in M Missoni

Ladylike pumps play well with the polish of Kate's tweed M Missoni [8] coat. First she opted for a gray suede pair at Fortnum & Mason, then she gave black leather heels a go later.

Kate Middleton in Emilia Wickstead

Pretty in pink! In one of her closest clones, Kate separated her pastel Emilia Wickstead [9] by mere weeks in May 2012.

Kate Middleton in Temperley

Kate knows not to let a good thing go — and Temperley's lace gown is a good thing! Really, all she needed to pair it with (whether at the January 2012 War Horse premiere or later that year at a St Andrews benefit dinner) was a satin minaudière.

Kate Middleton in Jenny Packham

A recent double take was given new life with a statement-making necklace that we're guessing [10] cost a bit more than $35 [11].

Kate Middleton in Alexander McQueen

What a difference two years make — though Kate's lace Alexander McQueen [12] wearings were only separated by 24 months, they were worlds apart.

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