Kate Lands at Top of Our Best Dressed List - With a Recycled White Gown

12/14/2013 at 12:00 AM ET

Kate Middleton Roland Mouret gown best dressedJames Whatling/Splash News Online

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That seemed to be Duchess Catherine’s style this week. (Though we can’t imagine her ever saying the word ain’t.) She broke out two gowns we’ve seen before, like the princess of the people she is, and one of them was such a hit that it earned her enough votes to earn her a spot at the top of this week’s Most Loved Looks list.

The dress in question is a Roland Mouret design with conservative long sleeves, a demure neckline and a slit that’s neither conservative nor demure. She wore the look to the London premiere of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. (The first time we saw the dress was back in 2012.)

It’s probably Catherine’s second most famous white gown, but it was what she wore around her neck that really got everyone buzzing. As soon as she hit the red carpet, Twitter erupted with speculation that she was wearing a $35 Zara collar. The complete look earned her a 91% approval rating and helped her beat out Reese Witherspoon, J.Lo and even a Victoria’s Secret Angel.

MORE PHOTOS: See who else made the Top 10 Best Dressed list this week!

And this wasn’t the only dress the Duchess recycled this week. She hit the red carpet in a black lace Temperley London gown for the third time just a few days after breaking out the white Roland Mouret. Like we said, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. And Kate, it most certainly ain’t broke.

Do you think Duchess Catherine deserves this week’s title? Or should it have gone to someone else?

And check out these previous winners of the Best Dressed title:
Taylor Swift Earns the Top Spot for Second Week in a Row

Taylor Swift Nabs the Honor– But Not in the Dress You Expect!

Salma Hayek Stuns in Serious Sparkles

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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haikudos on

So wearing something twice is “recycling”? Ridiculous.

LiLa on

Newsflash! People wear an outfit more than once.

Guest on

Dress yes! Face, no.

murf on

Kate could wear a trash bag and look wonderful!

Luke on

Love her hair up. It’s a nice change.

Janet on

Maybe Kim Kardashian should take style lessons from the Duchess of Cambridge rather than trying to sell her the garbage she wears and sells.

Ariel on

I LOVE that she constantly shows it’s totally possible to look gorgeous and fashionable, without showing too much skin. I hope other celebrities are taking note:)

ann kramer on

I don’t see any Hollywood stars wearing the same gown twice. Not that that matters. This woman is stylish, classy and caring. She is also beautiful with a great sense of humor. Why put her down.

Carolyn on

The dress is boring.

Lucinda on

How can you say that dress is boring? It’s so timelessly elegant . But then again, some people can’t seem to wrap their heads around classic elegance VS flashy & trashy. Some people don’t HAVE to display their ALL, to be considered beautiful. ;)

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