Dressing for someone else’s wedding can be incredibly daunting. Even when the bride and groom don’t have a strict dress code, there’s always unspoken etiquette rules, like not wearing white (or anything that might be mistaken for white), or anything that would look good at a night club. Luckily, one frequent wedding-goer by the name of Kate Middleton has got you covered. If you’re not sure what to wear to an upcoming wedding, just take a page out of her book and throw on something tried and true: Over the weekend, the Duchess of Cambridge once again recycled an outfit to attend her family friend Sophie Carter’s wedding.
According to People, the blue Catherine Walker & Co coat dress she wore to the wedding was previously on display last July, when Middleton, Prince William, Prince George, and Princess Charlotte visited Berlin. Of course, she added some accessories to make it more wedding appropriate: For her friend’s big day, she donned a large flower crown made out of blue roses that was a clever nod to her daughter’s bridesmaid flower crown. She also carried a satin blue clutch and offset all that blue with a silver necklace and earrings.
As People noted, this is pretty much Kate Middleton’s go-to wedding trick to make sure press coverage about her wardrobe never overshadows the bride. In May, for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding, she wore a pale yellow (not white!) coat dress by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen that she’s previously worn on two occasions: Princess Charlotte’s christening and the queen’s birthday. While that may sound like a lot, there’s another dress—a cream coat by Day Birger et Mikkelsen, according to Harper’s Bazaar Australia—that she’s worn to three weddings, starting before she became a royal.
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And just to switch things up, she’s recycled pieces from her own wedding as well: For the annual Garter Day service in 2016, she brought back her own bridal earrings.