An article appeared in People Magazine recently that focused on the princess-to-be, Kate Middleton. The article is titled, Kate Middleton Recycles From Her Own Closet. Read it and share in my dismay…
Whether it’s for her own official engagement pictures or just another social event in her busy schedule, Kate Middleton doesn’t have to look far when it comes to finding the perfect outfit–she simply recycles something from her oh-so-chic closet, adds some new accessories and voila…a new princess-to-be look is born. It’s a very royal trend (Princess Diana was known to mix and match old and new pieces and Princess Anne is quite famous for her frugal approach to fashion), so it’s entirely fitting that Middleton, who will marry into the British royal family in just a few months, should adopt the recession-friendly trend herself. And we have to say, the 29-year-old does it very well. Accompanying her fiancé, Prince William, to a friend’s wedding in the UK on Saturday, she recycled one of her much-loved ISSA black dresses (from the label’s Spring/Summer 2007 collection no less), which she had previously worn to Prince William’s cousin, Peter Phillips’ wedding in 2008. Worn underneath a current season velvet dress coat from independent London label Libélula, the outfit was topped off with a structural feathered beret and a glowing smile. A smart choice, in more ways than one. –Monique Jessen
Did you get that? Celebrities and royalty are not suppose to wear the same piece of clothing twice. People calls it “recycling”, the same thing you and I do regularly…pairing a tank with a blazer and then wearing that same tank a week later under a sweater.The article “calls her out”, so to speak, for wearing a particular ISSA black dress to two different weddings. Oh, for shame!
People goes on to say that past princesses have committed similar crimes. Princess Diana was known for mixing and matching old and new pieces (It’s called a wardrobe…right?) while Princess Anne is apparently famous for her frugal approach to fashion (She repeated an outfit three or four times no doubt).
Although the article praises Middleton for her smarts during a time of recession, I find it ridiculous to even view this “frugal behavior” as extraordinary. I am sure that there are multi-millionaires that may never have to wear the same outfit more than once, and I envy them, really. But what sense does it make to fall in love with a piece of clothing in a store or on the runway and then buy it, only to wear it once?
I guess if recycling is not a typical practice among the rich and famous then I relish the fact that I have something in common with the stunning princess bride-to-be, we recycle!