Kate Middleton’s subtle alternations made to old dresses to modernise them

Kate, Princess of Wales has worn a beautiful array of ball gowns and evening dresses since she joined the Royal Family. Over the years, she has re-worn a few designs, but to modernise them, subtle changes have been made.

Kate re-wears a lot of old clothes and fashion expert Simon Glazin told the Daily Mail: “There has been lots written about the Duchess and Prince William‘s spending.

“It’s likely to be the reason why she is thrifty with her wardrobe and often recycles dresses and coats. Even a Princess has to dress on a budget.”

A popular change to the original design of a dress is swapping sheer sleeves for block, fitted sleeves.

In 2012, Kate and Prince William were on a Diamond Jubilee Tour of South East Asia and the South Pacific taking in Singapore, Malaysia, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu.

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The two-charm earrings are said to be worth £5,400 and the six-charm necklace £7,850.

Another occasion when Kate recycled a dress but modernised it was in 2017 when attending the BAFTA’s.

The royal chose a Bardot-style dress by Alexander McQueen that featured small white flowers and a long tiered skirt.

It was a bespoke version of the designer’s Tiered Violet Jacquard Dress from the Fall 2016 collection, and the Alexander McQueen team modified the bust and straps of the dress for Kate.

She accessorised with a black satin clutch bag by the same designer with gold metalwork, which retailed for £1,659 at the time.

Three years later, Kate chose the same dress for the 2019 Portrait Gala at the National Portrait Gallery, but had the off-the-shoulder sleeves turned into cap sleeves.

The sleeve alteration changed the entire silhouette of the dress, and by wearing her hair down across her shoulders, rather than up as she had in 2017, it looked like Kate was wearing a new dress.

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