Kate Middleton re-wore more clothes in 2023 than ever before - here’s how you can do the same this year

Kate Middleton re-wore more clothes in 2023 than ever before
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As a longtime champion of sustainable fashion, Kate Middleton re-wore more outfits in 2023 than she had ever worn before and looked impossibly elegant while doing it. Here we share some tips and tricks so you can do the same this year.

2023 was a huge year for the Royal Family. As well as carrying out the usual royal engagements that fill their calendars, with one royal expert saying these busy royals are 'unsung royal heroes' who should get their titles upgraded, they also had the Coronation celebrations to deal with. 

For each and every one of these public events, Kate Middleton was impeccably dressed, whether wearing her classic favourite Veja trainers or one of her best looks that we'll remember forever. But while you may think that her first full year as the Princess of Wales would mean blowing the budget on clothes fit for her title, you may be surprised that she actually cut back on the amount, and cost, of the clothes she wore. 

According to Page Six, who calculated the overall cost of clothing the Princess debuted in 2023, Kate spent an impressive $72,433 on new clothes and accessories over the year, $47,163 less than in 2022. How did she do it and still look fabulous? By rewearing favourite pieces like her trusted Reiss Hollie Double Breasted Linen Blazer. 

Catherine, Princess of Wales waves during a walkabout meeting members of the public on the Long Walk near Windsor Castle

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Despite undertaking nearly 30 more engagements than in 2022 last year, the publication reports that Kate wore 37 fewer new clothing items in comparison, choosing more often to rewear certain pieces, and often entire looks, especially in the autumn when she was spotted rewearing a number of trouser suits after a more 'serious' wardrobe switch up

But while she may have been recycling her pieces more often, the Princess always looked fresh and took steps to ensure her repetitive wardrobe didn't feel, well, repetitive. 

"Kate is one of the most prolific outfit repeaters in the royal family, frequently rewearing favourite outfits time and time again," Royal Fashion expert Miranda Holder told HELLO! Magazine earlier this year, adding that this is a conscious, sustainable choice the Princess makes everyday. 

But while she wants to make sustainable fashion choices, Kate also wants to make sure royal fans can recreate her looks with high-street pieces, like her infamous Zara earrings and stunning Zara blazer she has in multiple colours. Miranda says this is a fine line to tread. "In an ideal world, with Kate’s influence, the Princess would only be wearing the most ethical and sustainable brands, and I personally would love to see her in slightly less Zara.

"However the power of Zara is that it’s highly accessible, meaning anyone is able to buy into their own little piece of Kate’s wardrobe." 

Kate Middleton's striking all-white outfit

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So how can we follow in Kate's footsteps and start rewearing the clothes we already have more over the coming year? We're in luck as the team at Jackie, a personal styling website, have revealed a number of super simple tips and tricks. 

"How you style your hair plays a large role in how you choose to re-wear an outfit," the brand's founder and CEO Amber Duncan told Insider. "Tie your hair up off your neck to keep your look more casual, or let your hair down to dress things up. It seems simple, but how you style your hair can have maximum impact on how your outfit is perceived."

"Keep your jewellery choices simple," Sabel Bezet, a buyer and stylist for Jackie, added. "Many women make the mistake of overdoing it with statement jewellery to re-wear an outfit. Reach for minimalistic, dainty jewellery to wear your favourite look time and time again."

As for Devon White, Jackie's creative content director, they share that layering is the easiest way to change the look of a reworn outfit. "Play with new textures. When adding your perfect layering piece, consider which textures can transform your outfit. Whether it be a shaggy coat, a chenille sweater or a chunky knit cardigan, let your outwear make the statement for you."

Charlie Elizabeth Culverhouse
Freelance news writer

Charlie Elizabeth Culverhouse is royal news and entertainment writer. She began her freelance journalism career after graduating from Nottingham Trent University with an MA in Magazine Journalism, receiving an NCTJ diploma, and earning a First Class BA (Hons) in Journalism at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute. She has also worked with Good To, BBC Good Food and The Independent.