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The Duchess of Cambridge wore a 13-year-old coat, the 'Olivia' style by Reiss, in Dublin on Wednesday Credit:  Getty Images

We know the Duchess of Cambridge loves a re-wear. She was one of the few guests at February’s BAFTAs to adhere to the sustainable dress code, wearing an Alexander McQueen gown that we first saw on her tour of Malaysia in 2012. Ten days later, she attended an engagement in a pair of Penelope Chilvers riding boots that she’s been wearing on a regular basis for the past 16 years.

三级成人视频Now she’s served up a 2020 hat-trick, stepping out in Dublin on Wednesday afternoon in a coat we haven’t seen her wear for well over a decade. The cream double-breasted ‘Olivia’ style, from Reiss, features a knee-length hem and black buttons, a detail she reflected in her black skinny jeans and Russell & Bromley’s black suede ‘Date Night’ boots.

Kate teamed the coat with black skinny jeans and Russell & Bromley boots Credit:  AFP

三级成人视频Underneath, she kept to the monochrome theme with a black-and-white silk polka-dot blouse from French brand Equipment. The overall look made for an understated, undistracting choice for the visit to Jigsaw, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health, which provides vital support to young Irish people aged 12 to 25.

三级成人视频She went for another wardrobe repeat for her visit to the TeagascAnimal and Grassland Research Centre at Grange, in County Meath on Wednesday afternoon, in those aforementioned Penelope Chilvers boots. She teamed it with a jacket by Irish brand Dubarry and a £99 Barbour x Alexa Chung shirt.

三级成人视频But in today’s climate of heightened sustainability awareness, Kate’s decision to dig out long-forgotten fashion items from the back of her closet has taken on new relevance. Extending the life of a garment by even just an extra nine months reduces its environmental impact by 20-30 per cent. Along with buying second-hand and choosing brands that are transparent and environmentally conscious in their sourcing and manufacturing, re-wearing the clothes we already have is one of the best things we can do to reduce the £140 million worth of clothes sent to landfill each year.

In fact, it’s something the Telegraph fashion team has pledged to do more; when Mother of Pearl’s creative director Amy Powney launched her Nine Pledges initiative during London Fashion Week last month, Head of Fashion Lisa Armstrong wrote about how she has pledged to repair any of her clothes that get damaged or break, while Senior Fashion Editor Caroline Leaper has promised to “overshare and overwear” the clothes she already has. 

Kate wore a black-and-white polka-dot blouse by Equipment underneath her coat Credit:  REUTERS

三级成人视频Of course, storage of decade-old outfits is probably easy for Kate, who likely has plenty of wardrobe space, plus storage facilities at her disposal - though to be fair, she attends more formal engagements in a year that many of us will go to in a lifetime, so it makes sense for her to hold onto these things. 

But what about us ordinary mortals, who may have to share limited closet space with partners and children? Well, there are still lessons we can take from Kate, who is a master when it comes to making timeless fashion investments.

The Duchess’s approach is to invest in well-made, quality pieces that won’t fall apart after a few wears. And by leaning towards classic cuts that she knows suit her shape, they’re less likely to date with time.

Kate wore her 16-year-old Penelope Chilvers boots with a jacket by Irish brand Dubarry for an engagement at the Teagasc Animal and Grassland Research Centre in County Meath on Wednesday  Credit: PA

And if an item does date, it’s not a disaster - Kate knows that trends are cyclical, so a hem length that may have become a bit passé may yet come back into style. Pack it away for now, and retrieve it when the time is right.

If wardrobe space is tight, allow yourself a capsule of coordinating pieces each season, taking the next few months’ holidays, weddings and weather into account. Stash everything else in your loft, under-bed boxes, or even a hired storage unit (be careful with delicate items like cashmere though, it should be stored in an airtight container with cedar balls to best avoid moths). Vacuum-pack bags shrink everything down to take up the least amount of space possible.

三级成人视频At the start and end of each season, you can reassess the capsule selection of clothes in your wardrobe and ‘shop’ your very own items in storage. It’s so satisfying to rediscover a much-loved piece - and best of all, it's completely free.