The Duchess of Cambridge is known for regularly wearing high-street buys as well as recycling her many designer looks again and again.
But the royal style icon might not be as much of a super-saver as previously thought.
On Kate’s recent visit to Belgium, she wore a pair of suede Rupert Sanderson pumps — the same shoes the royal has been seen in countless times before.
Several people noted that the 35-year-old’s shoes were looking pristine as always. A little too pristine, according to some royal fans.
One stylist has revealed that the duchess is likely to own multiple pairs of the same shoes to remain looking perfect at all times.
“Suede shoes are hard to maintain, so if it’s easier to keep many pairs on standby, who wouldn’t?” Rochelle White told Femail.
“Kate likes to have a clean, sleek image at all times. Can you imagine if she stepped out on a royal engagement with scruffy shoes? She’s likely to have backup shoes — all the same style — in various quantities.”
And it’s not just shoes that the duchess is probably stocking up on. Kate also presumably owns duplicates of very expensive outfits.
“Kate has a strong signature style and knows what she likes. It wouldn’t surprise me if she also gets a few of the same outfit made and has them ready to go, even if it is the same style,” Rochelle added.
In fact, the duchess is said to have bought more than one of the white Alexander McQueen coat dress that she also sported in Belgium. It’s a likely theory considering Kate donned the same outfit for the 2016 Trooping the Colour, the occasion on which Princess Charlotte was seen wiping her dirty fist on her mother’s pristine white dress.
The royal tends to favour light colors with shoes made of easily stained fabrics such as suede. She is always on her feet, leaving it almost impossible for her shoes to remain spotless.
While some may criticise the duchess for “wasting” money, White believes that she is following in the same footsteps as many celebrities with a signature style.
“I think when Kate finds an outfit that looks good, feels good, and is comfortable she would like to have it to wear again without the worry of trying to get it clean and looking like new,” she commented.
If only we could all do the same.