Thrifty Queen Letizia of Spain recycles her mother-in-law’s 40-year-old dress

Sep 08, 2021
Queen Letizia of Spain (right) has drawn inspiration from her mother-in-law Queen Sofia (left). Source: Getty

While the majority of us have been recycling dresses and re-wearing the same outfits for years, a number of celebrities, and even royals, are now choosing to do the same.

On Tuesday, Queen Letizia of Spain drew inspiration from her mother-in-law Sofia, who was Queen of Spain from 1975 to 2014, by recycling a 40-year-old dress she once wore.

The mother-of-two joined her husband, King Felipe, on Tuesday to host Chilean President Sebastian Pinera at the Royal Palace of Madrid. Showing off her thrifty side, Letizia opted for the stunning short-sleeved frock featuring floral patterns.

Her mother-in-law first debuted the outfit during a trip to Rome, Italy in 1981.

Queen Sofia pictured in Rome, Italy in 1981. Source: Getty

Letizia brought new life to ensemble, coordinating the dress with a thin silver belt, a simple pair of beige heels, and minimal accessories. She also wore her brunette locks up into a ponytail.

Queen Letizia of Spain
Queen Letizia of Spain recycled her mother-in-law’s dress for a royal engagement. Source: Getty

Queen Letizia isn’t the only royal or celebrity recycling vintage dresses. Last month, British actress Naomi Watts shared a photo of herself in a beautiful vintage Ozzie Clarke dress from her beloved mother.

The 52-year-old shared a picture of her wearing the stunning dress on her Instagram at the time, joking that she couldn’t remember if she’d stolen it from her mother’s wardrobe or been gifted the dress.

In the snap, Naomi showed off her trim figure in a long floral dress, which had long sleeves and a high neck but had a large cut-out which showed off the actresses décolletage. Despite having an inevitable designer wardrobe, she revealed in the caption that she’s worn the dress “for decades”.

“I can’t remember if it was gifted or grifted. But this is my mum’s #ozzieclark dress from 1975, and I’ve worn it for decades,” she wrote. “A true classic. My hoarding gene is paying off! Nanna taught me right.”


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Naomi’s mum Myfanwy also commented on the pic, saying it was gifted to her daughter many years ago.

“It was gifted many years ago. And you look fabulous [in] it,” she commented.

“If I hadn’t packed everything in boxes for the move I would have sent the corresponding pic of myself in it. Another time. I will treasure this.”

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