The sky is the limit for what Kate Middleton could wear. Any designer would jump at the opportunity to dress her. And while the Duchess of Cambridge owns many exquisite outfits, she loves some enough to wear them repeatedly.
Recently, on an official visit to the US, she attended an event wearing a gown we’ve already seen on her — twice. Middleton has also repeated trench coats, and dresses, and also worn the same pair of heels on several outings. In a world where celebrities and public figures are incessantly scrutinised for their dressing, her approach — and nonchalance in recycling her wardrobe — is refreshing.
“Sometimes we forget that celebrities are regular people too. Even though they have the option of choosing from different outfits for every other occasion, they, too, tend to have favourites. Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone and even Anna Wintour have repeated clothes. But they fearlessly recycle pieces and style them in different ways, so they look stunning,” says designer Varun Bahl.
Bollywood divas Bipasha basu, Sonakshi Sinha, Alia Bhatt and Deepika Padukone are often seen repeating their outfits, but they do it like pros
Another designer, Swapnil Shinde, agrees with Bahl. However, he adds, “Celebrities are considered icons, and the masses blindly follow their trends and styling ideas, so anything they wear is analysed.”
To do so, the easiest way is to invest in basic silhouettes of neutral hues, which can be mixed and matched. But don’t skip couture and statement pieces entirely.
“Couture ought to be timeless and transcend the vagaries of trend and time. That which is truly stylish is relevant forever, so there’s no reason why a celebrity cannot repeat their outfits. The look doesn’t own you,” says designer Abu Jani, one half of the designer duo, Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla.
We get experts to share tips on the kinds of pieces you should invest in, and how you can maximise their wearability without looking monotonous.