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Kate Middleton's first new dress since returning from maternity leave looks a lot like something out of Meghan Markle's wardrobe

INSIDER logoINSIDER 10/10/2018 Daniel Boan

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Kate Middleton took a royal maternity leave after giving birth to Prince Louis in April. Now that she's back to her official duties, she has pulled some notable outfits from her wardrobe to attend royal engagements.

In the past week, the Duchess of Cambridge showed off her knack for recycling outfits by re-wearing a pair of $50 Zara jeans, as well as a lavender Emilia Wickstead dress.

For her appearance at the opening of the V&A Photography Centre at the Victoria & Albert Museum on Wednesday, Middleton debuted her first brand-new look since returning from maternity leave.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in a black shirt © Chris Jackson/Getty Images
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge standing on a sidewalk © Chris Jackson/Getty Images

The duchess wore the $1,940 Iman Check Dress by Erdem, which she paired with a maroon belt and matching velvet heels for a pop of autumnal color.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge et al. standing next to a person © Chris Jackson/Getty Images

The Erdem dress features a slightly off-the-shoulder design that's reminiscent of the open necklines that have become a staple in Meghan Markle's wardrobe.

© Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Middleton has certainly worn dresses with a similar neckline before, but perhaps this time she turned to her stylish sister-in-law for some fashion inspiration.

Related: 10 Ways William and Kate Have Broken Royal Protocol [Provided by Town and Country]

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