Ever since middle school, I’ve lived in fear of being caught wearing the same outfit twice. I’m not sure when the idea formed in my head that this was a law in Girl World that I must abide by, but I’m glad I decided to stop living by it.
Maybe it stemmed from Kate Sanders who publicly ridiculed Lizzie McGuire at eighth grade graduation for being, “An outfit-repeater!”
Luckily, my school required me to wear a uniform from elementary to middle school. I loathed the khaki and navy pants or skort paired with either a white, red, blue or gold polo shirt. I had no idea how lucky I was until about the second week of high school when we were finally allowed to wear normal clothes. Suddenly, the clothes you wore said a lot about you, and the cool kids wore a different outfit every day.
What’s so wrong with repeating an outfit? I understand not wearing the same outfit twice in a week but to pair one pair of jeans with one top and then be forever banned from the combination just doesn’t make financial sense! Or what about a dress? Wear it once and then it’s done? I certainly don’t have the funds to facilitate this kind of lifestyle.
When I was in third grade I had a favorite outfit. I wore it every chance I got. My mom would do laundry just so I could wear it again and again. I was a 9-year-old without a care in the world as to who thought I was lame for wearing the same outfit over and over because it was my favorite!
So, what was this amazing outfit? It was Mary-Kate and Ashley brand from Walmart. It was a denim skirt with a lavender waistband and a matching lavender top with a silk collar and cuffs. I begged my mom to buy it for me every time we went grocery shopping. I believe it was actually one of my birthday presents that year!
I had this outfit that made me feel great about myself, because I was obviously hot stuff in it. I thought it was the cutest outfit in the world! So why do we now consider wearing an outfit more than once as being bad? If I feel good in it, I’ll wear it again! Yes, I will switch it up, wear it somewhere different, change the shoes or add different accessories, but I will not ban myself from re-wearing a great outfit! Channel your little-kid-self and stop worrying about what everyone else thinks!
Also, be glad you don’t look like you did in third grade!