German chancellor Angela Merkel repeats outfit for 18 years and counting

Aug. 6, 2014 at 5:43 PM ET

Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Germany, certainly isn't the type to wear an outfit only once. 

An article from Monday's edition of the German newspaper Bild reveals that the 60-year-old German politician has been wearing the same brightly colored silk tunic in public appearances for the past 18 years. 

The story's headline reads, "Our Chancellor stays true to herself," which can't really be argued with. Far from bending to every trend that's come and gone since 1996, the 14-year leader of Germany's Christian Democratic Union has stuck to what she knows. 

Angela Merkel, head of the Christian Democratic Union Party at the opening ceremony of the famous Richard Wagner-Opera Festival on Thursday, July, 25,...
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Angela Merkel, head of Germany's Christian Democratic Union Party attends the Richard Wagner-Opera Festival in her signature tunic on July, 25, 2002, in Bayreuth, Germany.

Though few may have a favorite article of clothing that lasts them nearly two decades, outfit repeating by high-profile women is nothing new. Michelle Obama has been known to recycle looks from her favorite designer, Prabal Gurung, while Duchess Kate has a habit of repeating her glamorous get-ups

Video: After it was revealed that Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Germany, has worn the same brightly colored silk tunic in many public appearances over the past 18 years, TODAY’S Tamron Hall took a look at the go-to outfits of some other notable figures, including first lady Michelle Obama and Duchess Kate.

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