To repeat or not to repeat, that is the question
Is it okay to repeat a dress?
It is Friday night, you just arrived from work, you are tired and you want to sleep, but you have to prepare an outfit for a special occasion. Should you go shopping for a new gown or should you settle for an already used one?
That’s a dilemma most women face these days because there’s a new culture of “one-time dress”, women are buying different dresses for different occasions and using it one time only. However, a dress is not something you use once in a lifetime and then leave it to moult inside your closet, instead, a dress should be part of the creative process of creating an outfit. Therefore, there’s no need for it to be set aside after being used one time, actually, it should be used as many times as possible with different approaches every time.
Do not hesitate to wear a gown for multiple times. Try it out with a styled jacket, with a different set of accessories, and, if it’s a short to mid-length dress, combine it with some leggings or knee-high boots (it is perfect for winter). Do not be afraid to make a mistake, it is all part of the learning process because, in the end, you will know how to not neglect a gown.
If Kate Middleton repeats a dress, why can’t you?
It is a well-known fact that the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, repeats her looks once in a while. Thereby, one specific dress of hers was used for the third time when she was pregnant of her third child, the little Prince Louis, and was visiting the HQ of Place2Be, a children mental help charity. However, not only she repeated the dress, but also repeated the accessories, demonstrating that she likes that dress and also does not fancy the “one time only” culture. With that said, it is important to note that the Royal Family is not seen repeating outfits very often, so Kate Middleton is being courageous by doing so.
Should you just buy a new one?
If you can and want to, then do it, for a new dress will bring more options to your closet and will give you the chance to renew your style. However, if you are not keen of shopping and does not like the process of trying out different gowns to point out its flaws or your own flaws if you have any (which I bet you don’t), then you should settle with the already owned one.
Use your old gown with different accessories, try out a different make-up style and hairdo, use a new pair of shoes. In other words, experiment with what you have. If you want to, buy new accessories to use with the dress or, if you want to take more risks, style the dress! Give it a new feel by talking to a designer and requesting for a different tailoring, something to fit your new wants.
There are endless possibilities for an old dress, you do not have to buy a new one if you do not want to. There is no need to spend money on something you will wear only one time. However, whatever decision you make, remember to always follow your own needs and wants. With that in mind, make sure to feel free to be comfortable in what you choose.
If you are going to shop online, have a look at Dynasty London!