Why I like repeating outfits
This is another one of those outfits I almost didn’t bother photographing.
For one thing, I wore this dress exactly the same way (By which I mean, “with exactly the same shoes”. Well, there’s not a whole lot of “styling” required with a dress like this, is there? Like, if I was writing a ‘How to wear this dress’ kind of post about it, I’d basically just have to say: “Put on the dress. Congratulations! You are now wearing the dress!”) the last time I blogged about it, and for another, the dress is a year old now, and I know it sometimes just annoys people when bloggers wear clothes they can’t go and buy.
I’ll be honest: despite everything I said last week about how my capsule wardrobe has reduced my need to shopshopshop, the recent spate of warm weather DID make me feel like I NEEDED some new clothes – purely because there’s only so many times I can wear the same dress, in the same way, before people will just be all, “WE GET IT, AMBER: YOU HAVE A DRESS! Now shut up and tell us something we DON’T know!” Fashion blogging is like that, though: it’s really easy to convince yourself that you have to keep on buying new clothes, just for the sake of creating blog content, and it’s also easy to think that when you DO re-wear something, you have to style it in a completely different way, or you’re somehow letting the side down.
(And, I mean, I know it’s not the done thing to say it, but you can’t earn commission on clothes that are a year old now, can you? I can’t be the only blogger who occasionally gets emails from affiliate networks , urging me to link to more items, can I?)
When I first started taking outfit photos, I really bought into those ideas. I thought I had to be wearing something completely different in every post, and that I should be “experimenting” and “mixing it up” more, so that when I did repeat an item, no one would notice. I’d put on an outfit, and then think, “Wait: I wore these shoes with this skirt LAST time I blogged about it: I better wear something different this time!” And then I’d go and change into a pair of shoes that didn’t look as good, but which were, at least different. Which is crazy, right? I mean, in real life, people don’t even THINK about that kind of thing. (Or DO they?) And the harder I tried to “remix” things just for the sake it, the less comfortable I felt. It was like wearing a costume, as opposed to just getting dressed, and that’s not really me.
The fact is, I like repeating outfits. I like the way these shoes look with this dress, and I don’t really see the point of switching them for something I might not like quite as much, just so I could say I “remixed” them. Also: when there are purple flowers on your dress, and purple flowers in the backdrop, that HAS to be a win, right? Even when the outfit is one you’ve worn a dozen times before…