Kate Middleton doesn’t buy new clothes for a wedding: do you?

Now, we don’t know about you, but when a wedding invitation drops through the door of the Fashion Police HQ, we’ve generally started the hunt for something to wear before we’ve even posted our RSVP.

This is partly because we’re shopaholics, of course: but for us there’s something about a wedding that seems to demand a new outfit (or at least part of one), especially if the wedding in question involves roughly the same group of people that were at the last eleventy-one weddings we attended: and let’s face it, it normally does.

Not so with Kate Middleton, however.

Last weekend, the Duchess of Cambridge was in Edinburgh, along with the rest of the Royal Family, to attend the wedding of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall. Did she buy a new outfit for the occasion? Pshaw! Not our frugal Duchess. Instead of rushing out to Coast, like the rest of us, Kate did a little something fashion bloggers like to call “shopping your own closet” and the rest of us like to call “wearing your clothes”.

First came the “remixing” of the green Diane Von Furstenberg dress Kate wore on her trip to Canada last month:

(Aside: Doesn’t she look particularly drop-dread-gorgeous here? We want to cut off her hair and attach it to our own heads.)

For the wedding itself, meanwhile, the Duchess “remixed” the gold dress coat she wore to the last Royal Wedding she attended: that of Laura Parker-Bowles and Harry Lopes.

Kate also wore the LK Bennett pumps which are rarely off her feet, and which the owners of LK Bennett must surely thank the Lord for every night before they go to bed.

Theories abound as to why the Duchess of Cambridge decided to wear more or less the same outfit to two Royal weddings. They can basically be summed up as:

a) She’s just not that into fashion. And, indeed, why should she be? Marrying the future King does not, after all, come with the condition that one must instantly turn into a clothes horse (although that seems to have happened anyway in this case, with everything Kate wears selling out instantly.).

b) She likes to be frugal and can’t see the point in spending money on clothes she’ll only wear once. Or twice. (“Frugal”, is obviously a comparative term here: most of us probably don’t consider the act of buying designer clothes and then wearing them twice to be particularly thrifty, but then, she is the Duchess of Cambridge, she’s hardly going to be shopping in Primark, is she?) If this is the case, we applaud her: we’ve always hated this idea that it’s a major crime of fashion to – OMG! – be seen in the same thing twice, when actually, that’s the way most people live their lives. Who can afford to buy a brand new outfit for every single day of the year, after all?

Regardless of Kate’s reasons for wearing the same wedding outfit twice, we find it quite endearing:it’s nice to finally find a celebrity who doesn’t feel under pressure to constantly parade brand new clothes, and who’s happy to wear the same thing twice – it’s what most of the rest of us do, after all!

What we want to know, though, is whether you’d do the same thing?

Would you wear the same thing to two different weddings?

22 Comments

  • August 1, 2011

    Louise

    If I could afford a Diane Von Furstenberg dress then I’d probably wear it to every wedding from now until next millenium, I’d also tell everyone at said weddings that it was a DVF! Lol. As a rule though, I don’t even like to wear the same things if I go out with a same group of friends, so certainly would want different outfits for different weddings. Kate is so gorgeous though, she can get away with it.

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  • August 1, 2011

    Daisy

    No. I love shopping for new clothes, it’s the best excuse! Then again, I could just shop my own closet and go to twenty weddings without having to buy anything new. I always buy dresses thinking ‘I’ll find an occasion to wear this. Eventually.’. Not the best strategy.

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  • August 1, 2011

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    Did you actually read the post? No one said there was anything wrong with it – quite the opposite, in fact!

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  • August 1, 2011

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    Did you actually read the post? No one said there was anything wrong with it – quite the opposite, in fact!

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  • August 1, 2011

    Zoe

    Unfortunately, I just don’t have the money for it. I have a few great dresses that I “remix” with different jewelry, sweaters and shoes. Then again, I tend to have a wedding to go to at least once a month so buying a new outfit every time would be insane. And since those wedding are always attended by the same people I know I’m not the only one who recycles the same five outfits.

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  • August 1, 2011

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    Which part of the wording specifically made you think that? The post says “Regardless of Kate’s reasons for wearing the same wedding outfit twice, we find it quite endearing: it’s nice to finally find a celebrity who doesn’t feel under pressure to constantly parade brand new clothes, and who’s happy to wear the same thing twice – it’s what most of the rest of us do, after all!” Not really sure where you’re getting that I think she’s weird from? I specifically said I like the fact that she does it?

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  • August 1, 2011

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    Which part of the wording specifically made you think that? The post says “Regardless of Kate’s reasons for wearing the same wedding outfit twice, we find it quite endearing: it’s nice to finally find a celebrity who doesn’t feel under pressure to constantly parade brand new clothes, and who’s happy to wear the same thing twice – it’s what most of the rest of us do, after all!” Not really sure where you’re getting that I think she’s weird from? I specifically said I like the fact that she does it?

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  • August 1, 2011

    Siel

    I’m especially surprised to see she’s wearing those LK Benett shoes again! I mean, it’s a wedding and you’re wearing your everyday shoes??? She could at least have bought a new pair, it’s not like she can’t afford it. I am glad though to see that se doesn’t wear designer clothes only.

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  • August 1, 2011

    bbeingcool

    I bought a fabulous dress a few years ago. I needed it for a wedding abroad, but then we were invited to several other weddings, a fancy 21st and a fancy New Year’s Eve party. I wore my dress to all of them! It was great – they were all in different social circles so at each one, people commented on what a cool dress it was – it was fabulous! I also think that if you have something fabulous and classic, you should be able to re-accessorise and wear it in different ways.

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  • August 1, 2011

    Laura

    Absolutely! I can’t afford to keep buying new dresses all the time, (much as I’d love to), and besides, when I’ve got a dress that looks and feels great, I want to wear it as often as I can!

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  • August 2, 2011

    Amee

    Why would I do that? I have one dress to wear to weddings, if a dress is called for. As long as I’m clean and don’t stand out, I don’t see how it should be a problem. It isn’t my wedding, after all.

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  • August 2, 2011

    juxnz

    I’d definitely wear the same dress to two weddings, but with different accessories, so I don’t feel like I”m wearing exactly the same thing. Bit of variety for photos, too!

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  • August 2, 2011

    Minka

    I would probably hate to miss an opportunity to dress up, so no, I would not wear the same thing to two occasions as special as wedding. But I get that people are different and not everybody cares so much about new clothing nor should they. I actually find all this Kate-wearing-the-same-outfit controversy a bit annoying, I just don’t get what the fuss is about: yes, a woman wore clothes! Call the Fashion Police! Oh, right, it’s already here… 🙂

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  • August 2, 2011

    Annick

    As long as the two weddings were in different social circles I would wear the same dress, although maybe with different accesoires.
    I come from a family that is big on parties and dressing up for them, so as a rule I try to wear something different to most parties, but sometimes a different sweater, different jewelry and/or a different pair of shoes just has to do.

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  • August 2, 2011

    Nell

    I have worn the same dress to different weddings, but never within the same social circle. If it’s within the same social circle, I’ll wear something different.

    I get very jealous of my boyfriend though – he only has one suit, and so wears the same thing to every wedding….

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  • August 2, 2011

    Regia Repeller

    the fact that Kate has been repeating clothes is absolutely to praise.

    I mean, I bet that she has tons of dresses, blouses, coats, shoes, etc. -even for free- but as a leader, she is traying to give an example of austerity to the people, and that’s refreshing.

    And also, in terms of fashion, we all tend to repeat outfits, and there’s nothing wrong about it, is it? Specially if the clothing itself is not out of fashion and fits you so well!

    Good for her !

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  • August 2, 2011

    Rose

    I agree with the last post its a nice to see someone in these financially hard times not being ridiculously excessive and still looking lovely. I would wear the same dress to two weddings but not if it was the same crowd of people there. Wedding outfits are expensive!

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  • August 3, 2011

    daisy

    I think it’s wonderful that she isn’t afraid to wear the same thing twice. It’s also really smart–the last thing the monarchy needs is too seem frivolous. Also, if I owned that DVF dress, I would wear it every day, just saying.

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  • August 3, 2011

    Christiane

    I think it is really cool that she is wearing the same thing twice. She must like the outfit and she probably not see the problem in wearing the same thing to two weddings.
    The Queen of Denmark wears the same outfit very often and she is famous for reusing outfits. I think it is great that even though they have a lot of money and could wear a brand new oufit every time they are going somewhere they still just wear the clothes they already have.

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  • August 4, 2011

    Rachel

    I don’t usually buy a new outfit for each wedding. Mostly because I don’t want the hassle each time of trying to find something that looks good on a reasonable budget. I usually wear one of three outfits and accesorize differently.

    I really applaud Kate’s choice to reuse outfits. I also think she couldn’t win either way. If she buys new clothes for every public appearance, shes going to be labelled as wasteful, and not caring about the financial state of things.

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  • August 4, 2011

    Megan

    As a student, I can’t afford buying new outfits for every wedding I go to. Luckily the two weddings that I have to attend this summer, (one was in June, the other this saturday) are with two completely different sets of people, so it doesn’t matter if I wear the exact same thing to both. yay!

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  • August 12, 2011

    bec

    I’m a skint student an even if not one person from the from the first wedding was at the second i just could not wear the same outfit. The dress would be inexpensive but it’s more to do with the way i felt. It wouldn’t even have to be a new dress, just a different outfit. I actually don’t like she wore it to two weddings.

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