Trashy fashion: Dressing up to take bins out in lockdown

SYDNEY (AFP) – Staying at home all day is rubbish, so people around the world are dressing up to take the bins out and sharing photos of their outfits online to cheer up others in lockdown.

Wearing evening gowns, a teddy-bear costume or full cosplay, thousands are using the garden path as a catwalk to show off the fruits of ample time spent in isolation.

“As crazy as I feel dressing up at home, it’s the only thing keeping me sane during isolation. Wheeling my bin out in style helps me feel happy again,” said Victoria Anthony, 30, a DJ who lives in Sydney.

Anthony, who posted a photo of herself in a cocktail dress on Instagram under the hashtag #BinIsolationOuting, said all her gigs had been cancelled because of the pandemic, which has sparked enforced stay-at-home orders affecting billions across the world.

The trend began in Australia but has inspired jokey posts from as far as Texas, the United Kingdom (UK) and the Netherlands.

Bus driver Stuart Cunningham, from Glasgow in Scotland, posted a picture of himself taking out the bins in a kilt. And Christine Leland shared a photo of her husband wheeling a bin through the Canadian snow in a superman T-shirt, wig and red towel for a cape. Others have gone all-out with horror clown outfits or whole-body suits made to look like characters from sci-fi series.