Wearing the same dress twice

September 12, 2015

About a month ago I read an article that left me thinking, what did I just read? I thought maybe I'd been duped into reading a satirical news website, alas, I was not. The article in question was entitled "How the Selfie Effect is Disrupting the Industry" and my frown only depended as I got further through. To sum it up: people are wearing clothes less often because they don't want to be seen in the same thing twice. This isn't new, even before the internet people could tell if you were wearing the same thing to school/work/wherever day after day, but in the age of selfie people don't want to risk being photographed in the same outfit twice. I repeat, people don't want other people knowing they wear their outfits more than once. What? Last time I checked that was the purpose of clothing, to be worn over and over. Otherwise we could all be wearing meat dresses and we wouldn't have wardrobes. In a way this epitomises the problem of fast fashion, clothing is almost literally disposable. Wear it once and that's it done.

On the other end of the spectrum comes this advice from Lucy Siegle "don't buy anything you can't commit to wearing 30 times." This is more like a philosophy I can live by, if I love an outfit I'll probably wear it to death. I am guilty of occasionally coveting pieces to the point that I don't want to wear them on the wrong occasion from fear of damaging them but that's beside the point. You probably recognise this dress from a few posts back, when I wore it in Italy. Why? For one, it's gorgeous! It's made of organic cotton that has been hand dyed with woad, giving it a beautiful organic pattern (which does wonders to hide creases). The cut is super flattering and makes me feel a little like Audrey Hepburn (a massive cliché, sorry). Secondly, I only have this dress on loan so I'm wearing it as much as I can before I have to send it back, the thought of that makes me want to cry. The dress is a sample from Isabel Knowles's Lumps of Plum Pudding collection, every piece is handmade to order so it fits like a glove and comes with free repairs for life! Once I start earning money I intend my first indulgent purchase to be this very dress, and my second to be another piece from one of Isabel's collections. So far I've worn this dress to Italy, to a wedding and even just to pick up milk from the local Sainsbury's.

Are you team bin or team clothes for life? Tweet me the right answer and we can be BFF's.

wearing
dress//c/o Isabel Knowles (borrowed)    shoes and belt//Urban Outfitters
Big thanks to Sade for snapping these photos for me!

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12 comments

  1. what a beautiful dress, i'd say wear it as often as you can! onto your question; yesterday i saw a documentary on fast fashion and there was one observation that really impressed me. it is the shift in our western societies from using clothing as something we buy in order to use it (ie wear it over and over again) towards viewing and treating clothes as something that uses up (like chewing gum, cigarettes..). put differently: clothes may not actually use up, they are worn out mentally. one of the excesses of consumptionism.. i was planning to write about that, too, it seems so absurd. and is fatal for the environment. btw, i really enjoy reading your blog for some time now, so finally i leave you a comment ;) - christiane

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    1. Thank you! That's a really interesting point and I think it sums up what I was trying to say perfectly! I look forward to reading your post about it!

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  2. That's crazy that people don't want to wear the same thing more than once. I understand not wearing the exact same outfit more than once - so just switch up the shoes or accessories or add a cardigan. I try to buy pieces I can think of a few ways to wear or things that are so special I don't care if I wear it exactly the same way a bunch of times! I love this blue dress you're wearing. It looks so light and comfortable.

    Jamie | PetitePanoply.com

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    1. I'm exactly the same, I'm always thinking of how something new will fit into my wardrobe. If I can't think of a handful of outfits on the spot then I can't justify buying it.

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  3. If there is such a thing as the selfie effect on how people buy clothes, that's insane and depressing. I def own clothes that I've worn way less than 30 times, but the intention is always there. :) Love your dress which you look gorgeous in!

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    1. I thought it was nonsense at first but it makes sense, and I follow enough bloggers on instagram to see it in action. I've got special occasion clothes that I know I'll never wear 30 times but that I love too much to get rid of, it's a struggle!

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  4. That is a beautiful dress indeed! As are all of Isobel's things. I make my own clothes, so I'm firmly on Team Clothes For Life. Sewing takes time and so I most definitely wear such clothes multiple times over. I like the process of picking the fabric, perfecting the fit and taking care over the little details. Perhaps every now and then, I'll end up with a dud item of clothing, but over time I've ended up with a pretty decent collection of clothes that should (touch wood) last at least 30 wears!

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    1. Her clothes are dreamy aren't they? I like sewing my own clothes too but I find that my skills are not to par with my expectations so I don't always love the finished product. There's something magical about watching a flat piece of cloth turn into a fully constructed garment!

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  5. I love that dress! The color is quite lovely.

    I don't really understand not wanting to wear the same outfit again - at work I have to wear business casual so I have about two weeks' worth of outfits, which I repeat over and over (and then wear fun, more daring outfits on the weekends or weeknights). I think there's really been a move to creating the perfect "you" image on the internet - a persona for yourself that isn't quite who you are, but what you want to be seen as. Certainly this has been going on forever - but I think now it's easier and more accessible (living the persona) than it ever was before.

    Anyway, sorry for my rambling - beautiful pictures!

    Les Deux Lapins

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  6. I'm definitely clothes for life. Though it is tough when your a blogger to make sure to mix it up and not have the same thing on all the time!
    Lauren
    livinginaboxx | bloglovin

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  7. SUPER LOVE THE OUTFIT :)
    anyway, would you like to follow each other on gfc/bloglovin and instagram? Let me know :)

    OLLYVIA L. | INDONESIAN LIFE & STYLE BLOGGER |
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  8. I love that 30 times rule! I am absolutely going to use that from now on. When I am shopping, If I can't immediately think of at least three outfits to put together with the item I am considering, I don't buy it. When my clothes rip, I sew them. When they wear down completely, I re-purpose them. I like to think of my clothing as a friend for life.

    www.theclassyjunk.blogspot.com

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