So last week we chatted about saving the world be doing less laundry. THIS week let’s examine another facet of the same subject: Wearing the same clothes over and over again.
I believe I linked to this article when it first came out. It points out that some women have adopted a “wear it once” mindset because they fear being seen in the same outfits multiple times on social media. They are either donating or actually throwing away clothing that has only been worn on a couple of occasions, especially if that clothing has been photographed and tagged. I cannot overstate how disturbed I am by this revelation. Especially since fashion bloggers posting entirely new outfits on the daily – often showcasing items they’ve been paid to wear and therefore don’t own and will never wear again – are undoubtedly contributing to this problem. Big time.
I no longer photograph my own outfits every day because I have neither the time nor inclination to do so, which means that, in some ways, my outfit posts no longer reflect what I’m wearing most frequently. I try to repeat pieces in outfit posts, too, but I have a much smaller wardrobe now than I did during the daily-outfit-post days, and wear many of my wardrobe staples several times each week. I’m pretty sure I wore my Lysse leggings at least twice per week for three weeks running when I first got them, and I was actually quite proud. I posted five outfits last summer featuring my DV Yazmina booties, and wore them at least three times that often in real life. As someone who once felt overwhelmed by the sheer amount of stuff she owned and is actively working toward living with less, I’m always quite happy when I find myself wearing the same things over and over again since it means I’ve spent my money wisely and am getting the most out of my purchases.
So if you worry about wearing the same clothes all the time, here are three important things to remember:
- Most people are too busy thinking about themselves to notice the minutiae of your appearance. In other words, very few people are going to notice your repetition.
- The ones who do notice have too much time on their hands. And should mind their own business.
- Wearing the same clothes all the time is better for your wallet and for the environment. Repeating outfits is good. It may be small and it may feel passive, but it’s still good.
When you wear the same things frequently you reduce cost-per-wear, you create a consistent personal style, you show other people that they don’t need to buy a new blouse every single week in order to look stylish. When you wear the same things frequently you challenge yourself to remix your wardrobe items, you find out which brands really hold up over time, you push back against our culture of wasteful clothing consumption. NEVER feel ashamed of wearing your clothes often or repeating outfits. Because when you do, you’re setting a good example for anyone who might otherwise consider chucking a dress that’s shown up on Facebook more than once. And that is valuable and important and worthwhile.
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Originally posted 2016-06-13 06:14:53.