This isn't the first time Middleton has chosen to recycle her old outfits, and by doing so, she's proven that there's nothing wrong in wearing an outfit more than once.
Back in 2011, Kate Middleton wore a lilac Alexander McQueen dress with pleats, a floor-length skirt, and a white-glitter belt for the BAFTA Brits to Watch event in Los Angeles, California. She completed her outfit with a silver clutch, diamond bangle, and drop earrings. Now, 10 years later, she attended the 2021 Earthshot Prize awards ceremony, wearing the same dress again, but she switched up the belt and wore fewer accessories.
According to Insider, Middleton also changed up her hairstyle, and gave it a side sweep, instead of a middle part, as she did back in 2011. It is possible that the Duchess of Cambridge recycled her outfit from a decade ago to fit with the Earthshot awards' theme of sustainability.
Express revealed that organizers of the Earthshot awards asked guests to "consider the environment when choosing their outfit" for the awards ceremony. Celebrities including Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, and Emma Watson were all in attendance and asked specifically not to purchase any new clothing for the ceremony, according to Glamour.
However, this is not the first time that Middleton has chosen to recycle her clothes. She's re-worn her outfits on multiple occasions and has been a source of inspiration to many. In fact, when someone repeats an outfit, it's usually referred to as "pulling a Kate Middleton," according to Marie Claire.
There's been so much pressure on celebrities to look their absolute best at an event where they'll be tapped. So, they most often choose to wear a brand new outfit to each event, because repeating outfits used to be considered faux pas.
More often than not, people like us fall into the trap that is known as fast fashion. We keep updating our wardrobe according to seasons because we want others to think we have style, and the means to keep updating our clothes. According to Healthy Human Life, most fashion is consumed in the U.S., but 90 percent of the world’s clothing is produced in low- and middle-income countries. Nearly 40 million workers do their jobs in poor working conditions, only to earn unfair wages to assemble garments.
Now, the onus is on all of us to take care of what's left on Earth and slowly help improve the damage we've caused to the place we call home, because if we don't, we will also cease to exist one day, and that's the last thing we want, right? It's never too late to start living sustainably.
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