So here’s the deal. I’m not a big shopper; in fact, my natural tendency is to avoid shopping for clothes as much as possible. With my niece’s Bat Mitzvah rapidly approaching, I feel the usual societal pressure to buy a new dress for the party. But, I’m thinking of (gasp!) re-wearing the EXACT same dress I wore to her sister’s Bat Mitzvah party two years ago, which I, incidentally had also worn at my own daughter’s Bat Mitzvah party two years before that.
Why is it considered taboo for a woman to wear the same outfit to more than one special occasion? Men, in general do not feel the same pressure, and many regularly re-wear the same suits for special occasions, without mentally going over the who-might-be-there list, to make sure they are not committing a fashion faux pas.
In the great mantra of sustainability, reduce, reuse, recycle, reduce comes first. How many dresses do we need? Especially for those of us who are not fans of shopping, how did we get to a point where we feel compelled to consume more goods rather than reuse and reduce simultaneously?
In an interesting post, Nadia Eghbal, writes about her experiment wearing one outfit for an entire year.
I’d love to read your thoughts on this!