As has probably been clear from this blog, I do my fair share of pop-culture related and celebrity media coverage reading. It provides smalltalk or even full-fledged conversation fodder and taps in to my non-malicious sarcasm streak. It’s also, at times, simply baffling. Especially in the area of this type of coverage focusing on women. And I have just about had it with one particular wording repeating itself in English-speaking media all over the world:
Kate Middleton recycling her clothes. Seriously! Here’s a small selection of headline examples:
From the giggling…
MailOnline: A royal blush! Kate recycles a shimmering pale pink £3,000 Jenny Packham gown as she and Prince William attend an opulent charity gala in Norfolk.
to the gossipy…
Independent.ie: That looks familiar! Kate Middleton recycles Roksanda ress for Wimbledon.
…to the possibly breathless with excitement (I mean, Snapchat)…
Celebuzz: Kate Middleton Makes her Snapchat Debut in a Recycled Dress.
…to the profound, mind-shattering questions:
EOnline: Is It Time for Kate Middleton to Stop Recycling Clothes?
Is it time to throw away clothes entirely and go outside in creations improvised from stuff lying around the house?
At least as a grown woman I finally know what I have been doing with clothes all my life that I have actually kept – I did not wear them, I recycled them. Regardless of what one thinks of the Duchess of Cambridge and the British monarchy, I say kudos to stepping out during public events in dresses the media is dilligent enough to recognize and zealously catalog. And to be honest, I’m pretty sure she doesn’t care. She shouldn’t. But must there be a term for this? Yes, society, celebrity and style coverage play by their own rules, but the word “recycle” just irkes me.
Ah, who cares about the media anyway.