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It’s no secret that Duchess Kate likes to repeat outfits, be it a dress or a coat. Or both at the same time. But it’s not very often that she takes something from her closet and not only recycles it but re-purposes it with some very choice alterations. But she did — and that Alexander McQueen gown she wore in 2017 is as new and improved as a dress can be.

During a visit to the National Portrait Gallery earlier this week, Kate showed up in a very familiar-looking dress. And if you’re on the up and up on Kate’s fashions, then you may have recognized it from a couple years back, when she wore it to the 2017 BAFTAs.

But in case you need a reminder:

Pretty, right? The bold pattern, the lovely updo showing off those earrings and her delicate shoulders. Oh, but wait. That’s not what she wore this week. THIS is what she had on:

Hmm, just us or is it so much better the second time around? The original McQueen that was seen on runways actually boasted spaghetti straps but Kate’s, in 2017, was redesigned as an off-the-shoulder piece. While lovely, it did look a little binding, almost like her arms were pinned down.

 

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The 2019 version is perfection, at least on Kate. Thankfully there were no adjustments made to the fun ribboned tiers and pleating, but the cap sleeves edit combined with the new and more squared-off neckline make the entire thing absolutely gorgeous. Leave it to Kate to take something old (and fine in its own right) and make it oh-so-fresh and that much better. Brava.