When it comes to fashion, Kate Middleton is one of the people you can look up to. You can expect nothing less from the royal in her every public engagement since she has cemented her image as one of the most stylish members of the influential British clan.
However, did you know that the Duchess of Cambridge loves having her dresses customized to make the pieces her own? It certainly tells something about how she preserves her identity through her sartorial picks despite being bounded by strict royal traditions with regard to clothes.
Rewearing an Alexander McQueen Dress
Kate has been known for rewearing her clothes, perhaps for sustainability reasons, which usually earn praises from fashion gurus and fans. In 2017, she showcased her class and grace when she donned an off-shoulder Alexander McQueen dress at the 2017 BAFTA Awards.
Then, the duchess had the gown altered by adding sleeves, making it look new, when she attended the Portrait Gala last year. Nonetheless, Kate looked absolutely gorgeous on both occasions.
Ditching the Sleeves of an Emily Wickstead Gown
The wife of Prince William always favored high necklines, which suits her, UK-based stylist Susie Hasler said. When Kate arrived at the Buckingham Palace for a Christmas lunch, she chose to wear a tartan dress from Emilia Wickstead.
While the original dress had sheer sleeves with the same print as the rest of the outfit, she decided to make it her own by ditching the sleeves and replacing them with a solid fabric to match the design used. Kate usually likes going out in conservative clothes when she is out and about with her family, the stylist added.
Removing the Fluted Sleeves of a Beulah London Dress
In January 2019, Kate stepped out to go to the Family Action Charity wearing an olive green dress and sleuth fans were quick to find out that it was from Beulah London. However, they saw that the original version had fluted sleeves, which she had removed.
To further accentuate her figure, Kate added a belt that ultimately elevated the entire look. It does look simpler without the fluted sleeves but it was one way of showing how she wants to imbibe modesty, which Susie said was a clear evolution from being a duchess to a soon-to-be queen.
Making a Subtle Change to an Alexander McQueen Dress
Kate is no doubt one of the most influential fashionistas we have today and she is setting a good example by showing just how sustainability and style can go hand in hand. In 2012, she sported a white Alexander McQueen dress that had gold embellishments to the official dinner hosted by the head of state of Malaysia.
She again wore the outfit at the BAFTAs this year but made a tiny change. Instead of the sheer sleeves, she added another layer of cloth underneath to make it look solid.