The Duchess of Cambridge has been called many things: beautiful, regal, courteous and most recently, frugal. Dubbed “The Recessionista,” the Duchess has been photographed wearing the same dress more than once, formerly a big no-no in social circles. A Royal trip has yielded two separate occasions where a dress was recycled. First, was the white Reiss Nanette Dress that she wore for the official engagement photo and wore again most recently on her Canadian trip. The second, was the Issa Bird-Printed dress. Catherine was first photographed in the dress the evening before her wedding and again for a cookout held at the Governor Central of Canada’s home in Ottawa.
I, of course, wear the same dress/pants/shirt many times over, as I’m sure many of you do as well, but when a public figure of the Royal stature recycles a look, it says so much more.
For another example, we don’t have to look further than the First Lady, who has appeared on talk shows wearing a$35 dress from H&M and is famously known for her J. Crew cardigans and Gap T’s. Mrs. Obama has rocked her McQueen and Jason Wu, but for day-to-day dressing, she is often outfitted in moderately priced pieces, that are readily available to the American shopper.
Retailers, like J. Crew, Zara, Uniqlo and Topshop, have made their mark by selling moderately priced trends to the mainstream shopper. Of better quality than other trendy outlets, all are available online (with Zara as the exception, which will start selling it’s clothing and accessories online in September).
While I have worn these brands well before Mrs. Obama moved into the Big White House on Pennsylvania Avenue, what this tells me, the average American shopper, is that if these are the clothes that the First Lady selects, than they too are good enough for me.
I find wearing a dress two times in as many months, as the Duchess has done, empowering. If a woman who is photographed as often as she is can pull it off, why can’t everyone else? Wear the dress, throw on a jacket this time with different shoes, and walk tall. And don’t forget an award-winning smile… something Catherine never leaves home without…