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5 Reasons It's Okay To Repeat An Outfit

  Original unedited photo courtesy of New York Times

Original unedited photo courtesy of New York Times

Have you ever woken up in the morning, walked over to your very full closet, and thought, "Shit. I don't have anything to wear."  9.5 times out of 10, this isn't actually the case.  You have something to wear. But growing bored with your clothes is a very real problem when you love fashion.  Daily, you're inundated with images of new collections and slickly styled looks that you want to emulate. The only problem is you don't have the funds to revamp your entire wardrobe every month.  If you're like me, you have a few outfits that you love and repeat every chance you get.  You're careful not to wear them too close together.  Maybe you repeat them once every 1.5 weeks to keep things fresh.  But in the back of your mind, you take pains to change a minor detail so the outfit isn't exactly the same.  A different shoe or belt or sock to inject some newness.  You don't want to be known as that guy in the office that voluntarily wears a uniform.  But you know what, if you love a look and it looks good on you, wear it as many times as you want.  In my retail management days, I always preferred my employees to show up in the same sharp look every day than look like shit 4 out of 5 days.  Here's 5 reasons why it's okay to repeat an outfit:

1. You're not wealthy.

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You don't have the luxury of buying out Tom Ford every season and spending hours with your personal shopper at Bergdorf Goodman.  You don't need 100 new pieces every season.  You just need to make sure your clothes are clean and well styled.

2. You're not a celebrity.

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No experts will be combing through paparazzi shots of you comparing your looks.  If you wear the same thing every day, so what? It won't be published or broadcast anywhere.  But if you're a public figure and you're reading this-please stop repeating your outfits.

3. No one will ever call you out on it.

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This is the kind of thing that people only say behind your back.  Most people are not as observant as you think they are.  And if they are, hopefully they have enough couth and social awareness to keep said observations to themselves.  If they do say something, you have every right to punch them.

4. Everyone else is repeating outfits too.

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No matter how much of a fashionisto one may be, we all have that favorite pair of pants or that favorite shirt.  And we all proudly work them into our outfits over and over.  If you like it, keep wearing it and don't worry about what anyone else thinks.  Or if you makes you feel better, you can secretly judge them too.

5. Clothes were made to be worn more than once.

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What's the point in investing in beautiful, durable, well-made pieces if we're not going to wear them every week? When I buy a new piece, I wear it all the time.  Every dinner. Every night out.  Even some of my photoshoots.  Keep wearing your favorite outfit until it's so shabby it makes you look homeless.

Style isn't about constantly spending.  Make your favorite look into your uniform and proudly show up every day in the same damn thang.

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