A very expensive dress that will last a long time but only be used in a photo once, or five much more inexpensive dresses that will create five different outfits to post.
That is the modern-day conundrum.
As I caught sight of an article addressing Kate Middleton wearing the same gown on two separate occasions, I pondered in consternation at the sheer ludicrousness of it all. Yes, she is a princess and her style is on the grand stage of the world; her closet is filled with valuable pieces. So valuable, that it would almost be a crime if she only ever wore everything once.
Fashion bloggers and Instagrammers nonetheless, have fed into the pressure of not wanting to be caught wearing something that is already captured on camera. Because, heaven forbid, you will appear ‘poor’ and unable to afford to purchase clothes that are new. I understand that as an ‘influencer’ or wannabe, there is a need to constantly create exciting and eye-grabbing images for your readers. If you wear the same jeans in every photo, you are not giving people new outfits to dream about.
But this thought has tripled onto the millennial minds. Whenever I am going to be photographed on a night out, I feel that I cannot choose a dress that I wore months back. If I do recopy, it has to be after a long period of time. Meaning, it would take a somewhat ‘stalker’ to realise that I am a repeat offender.
The reality is, unless you are receiving clothes to wear (various people online are), it is normal to put on your favourite top, jacket, dress, skirt, jeans etc, frequently and possibly be photographed in them – frequently. I suppose this is normal as washing machines are arguably a household staple.
I believe the fashion-police burden needs to decrease. Admittedly, I have bought from less pricier brands (not stating there is anything wrong with that) purely to stock up and show my followers that I can upload daily and wear attire that is unfamiliar to their eyes. This goes against my wardrobe beliefs.
I have always tried to mimic my mum in buying what I love and if needed, saving up to invest in quality. Every year, I like treat myself to good winter boots, a winter coat and some seasonal trends. I still keep the year before clothing – provided that they are in good condition. I generally find that the ‘usual’ priced items, stick around longer than the – can it be really be only that much one’s?
Quality will alter for each individual. The term could classify high-street stores, designer or anywhere in between such as Ted Baker and French Connect. The imperative point to remember is that style trumps money. Looking well put-together is not necessarily for the wealthy. It is a creative playing field.
One of my favourite jackets from Primark has a very luxurious feel. It is heavily complimented and routinely forms open-mouths on friends when I tell them where it is from. Coincidentally, my actual luxurious jacket, rarely receives much more than a “nice jacket” review.
To conclude, collecting clothes does not prove anything other than that you like to shop – which there is absolutely nothing wrong with. Trying to impress others with your diverse range is an incredibly demanding need. To be stylish is to be unique and as long as you have an individual, classic signature style, people will pay less attention to your quantity – you simply cannot beat quality.
Do you agree? How much pressure do you feel to not be seen wearing the same thing twice?