(Somewhat) myth: Fashion people don’t repeat clothes. This is half-truth, because although there are a lot who don’t based on their never ending IG posts of one fabulous outfit after another i.e Giovanna Battaglia or Anna Dello Russo, timelines have proven otherwise. If you dig into the depths of the internet like I did for this article, you will find culprits, including the inimitable Anna Wintour wearing the same open toe Manolos custom made for her since the 1990s. So who are we to question this more than ever relevant frequent use of a garment, where going green extends to the frivolous world of fashion.
I’ve had my share of favorite outfits that I wore to shreds at every given point in my life, graduating from star closet status to lowly sleepwear. The perfect grey t-shirt that I wore with printed leggings back in the 90’s that got my classmates talking about how I was wearing the same outfit again (?!). The shrunken baby aqua blue Lacoste piqué shirt that I paired with everything (long skirts, jeans, minis) during my magazine days. I edited my closet a few months ago and took out about 60% of its contents, leaving me with items I loved to rotate and based on my #ootd posts, did I ever! From trips to events, Sundays in the suburbs and meetings, I put my beloved pieces to the test and realized that 1. In fairness, I did try to style them differently each time and 2. I would pose the same way unknowingly. Ha!
I used to have an issue about repeating outfits when we were required to wear one fierce fashion look after another, specially during fashion week. It’s both a blessing and a curse to someone working in fashion, and mind you, this was even before social media. I cannot imagine how editors deal with that issue nowadays. Now that I’m back in the industry albeit assuming other roles—telling people how to dress for what occasion for one—I am more comfortable than ever to do repeats and in fact accept it as a challenge to make a garment look new and fresh once again. (What I’m trying to wrap my head around however is embracing a uniform. I’m not quite ready to let go of my fashion moods as it’s way too much fun playing dress up).
So if you’re feeling boring sartorially and getting conscious over photos of yourself wearing the same cowl neck top, don’t fret! Do the environment and the IG fashion community a favor and get imaginative. Scour street style feeds of people you admire, look through websites of brands you resonate with, go with your gut feel. It’s way more fun and cerebral to style a piece more than once, take it with you to travels, weddings, reunions, weekends until it falls apart. By then you’ve maximised the cost per wear of that piece, and THAT is way, way cooler than buying the season’s It garment year after year.
Tips on how and which pieces to keep in rotation:
- Classic pieces such as black pants, chambray, white polo shirts, cotton tees. These make a good canvas for more adventurous styling via accessories or layers.
- Prints like stripes, gingham and florals are easy to pair with your more tame pieces.
- Solid colors like emerald, maroon or black with some detail go with most shades and keep it more interesting.
- Collect monochromatic or coordinated pieces for a cool, modern twist in dressing. You’ll get more mileage out of styling separates.
- Keep a variety— dresses, tops, pants and skirts so you’re never left feeling mundane.
Here are some celebs caught wearing their favorites. To be honest, I love that they do it. Makes them more like you and me and not immune to fashion exhaustion.