Whether it’s a sleek A-line Catherine Walker coat, or her nautical-inspired blouse by Alexander McQueen, the Princess of Wales has long been a champion of rewearing wardrobe pieces (so much so she was once dubbed “thrifty Kate” in the tabloid press). The royal also knows the silhouettes that suit her best, and invests accordingly.
Kate’s 1940s-inspired white midi-dress from eco-conscious brand Suzannah is one of the hardest-working pieces in her wardrobe, and on Thursday the Princess stepped out in a green version of her summer staple. To visit the Anna Freud centre in London to mark Mental Health Week, Kate wore the Suzannah dress in emerald green, finished off with a pair of black and white Alessandra Rich slingback pumps with a ladylike strap.
At Wimbledon in 2019, the Princess wore her white version of the same dress, which has black ribbon details on the lapel and belt. Fast forward to this year’s Coronation festivities, and Kate styled the same white dress underneath her tailored bright red Eponine London coat (another rewear, naturally) for an appearance at the Dog & Duck pub in Soho. Meanwhile, during the pandemic, the Princess met with frontline workers wearing an almost identical shirt dress by Suzannah, this one with a delicate floral print.
Although Vogue’s Sarah Harris noted the subtle transformation underway in Kate’s wardrobe now that she is Queen-in-waiting, there are some silhouettes she won’t be letting go of any time soon.
Originally published in Vogue.co.uk