Can you beat Kate’s costs per year? The Duchess of Cambridge is generously thrifty when it comes to fashion … with outfits starting at just £ 7.77
When the Duchess of Cambridge got off last week in a pair of riding boots she first wore nearly twenty years ago, the nation breathed a collective sigh of relief.
For her, no panic buying of the latest style – old faithfuls were the order of the day for Kate, who, as always, has captured the public mood: this time by rummaging in the back of her wardrobe for a change.
As we come in for months, investing in fashion is still risky. Question marks hang over summer weddings, and putting on a new outfit when we don’t even know we might be wearing it just feels wrong.
For ten years as a royal and two decades in the public eye, Kate has often worn clothes as old or older as her marriage.
Here LIBBY GALVIN calculates the cost per year of Kate’s favorite clothes, calculated from the purchase date to today.
£ 7.77 PER YEAR:
The Duchess has long been a fan of Zara and this red blazer (£ 69.99) is a favorite. It was first seen at the 2012 Olympics and again in November 2020 for an Instagram video. (£ 7.77 per year)
£ 49.50 PER YEAR:
Shortly before they got married, Kate and fiancé William visited their alma mater, St. Andrews, to celebrate his 600th birthday. She wore a striking Luisa Spagnoli skirt suit (£ 495), and has worn it many times since – including on a visit to a school in North London in 2017 (£ 49.50 per year)
£ 70.55 PER YEAR:
This £ 635 blue Stella McCartney dress is clearly a favorite and was worn three times by Kate in 2012 alone. It has since appeared at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 and at an air show in 2016. Kate wore it again last summer to make a video call for submissions for her photography project, Hold Still. (£ 70.55 per year)
£ 97.50 PER YEAR:
First worn on a visit to Middle Temple in 2012 (where Prince William is an honorary attorney), this burgundy Paule Ka skirt suit is said to have cost around £ 975. Kate has revived the winter combination for a visit to UCL in London in late 2018 (£ 97.50 per year)
£ 66.66 PER YEAR:
First worn in 2006 for William’s out parade in Sandhurst and dusted seven years later for an engagement during Kate’s pregnancy to George, it’s certainly only a matter of time before this bright Armani coat (£ 1,000) gets another outing. (£ 66.66 per year)
£ 55 PER YEAR:
Kate has put this £ 495 Really Wild Clothing leather guard coat on display at least three times since its first outing in 2012, everywhere from the Kent forests to the Himalayas. Lately she carried him around the campfire with a London scout group last fall. (£ 55 per year)
£ 69.66 PER YEAR:
With a glittery thread running through the tweed, this Chanel-esque Rebecca Taylor suit (£ 627) was first worn by Kate in April 2012 at a London reception (left). She brought it out again to visit the survivors of the London Bridge terror attack.
£ 633 PER YEAR:
Kate first wore this Alexander McQueen checkered coat (£ 5,700) in 2012 to visit her old prep school, St Andrew’s in Berkshire, on the Holy Day – and even played hockey in it. She re-released it in 2019 to open the V&A Dundee. (£ 633 per year)
£ 319 PER YEAR:
Kate had this blue-green Jenny Packham dress (£ 2,875) made for a gala dinner for the London Olympics, and put it back on in 2018 for an event for the Tusk charity. (£ 313 per year)
£ 1,666 PER YEAR:
Always demure, Kate made sure she didn’t steal the show at Harry and Meghan’s 2018 wedding in Windsor (left) by wearing an outfit – a £ 10,000 cream Alexander McQueen coat and dress – which she debuted at the christening of daughter Princess Charlotte in 2015 (right).
£ 27.94 PER YEAR:
THE future Duchess was first portrayed in her Penelope Chilvers Classic Riding Boots (£ 475) at the Game Fair at Blenheim Palace in 2004 (left). In the 17 years since, those boots have carried her around the world on royal journeys, and back to Manor Farm in Darlington, where she wore them last week (right).
£ 34.38 PER YEAR:
Catherine was first worn in 2013 to visit a children’s hospice (above) and chose this chic gray Reiss coat (£ 275) in Aberdeen again in February 2020 to launch her early year research. (£ 34.38 per year)