In 2003, according to the beloved teen classic, The Lizzie Maguire Movie, being an outfit repeater was the cardinal sin of fashion and being an outfit rememberer was "just as pathetic." Sixteen years later (whoa), I commit both "crimes" at least once a week, and, refreshingly, nobody cares. We, the people of fashion culture, have finally let go of that ridiculous notion. Instead, we celebrate our most beloved outfits and favourite pieces by wearing them as much as we like. Easy!
We've recently seen more and more influencers making a point of repeating outfits and posting about it on Instagram (rather than wearing something once, getting the likes and tossing that piece aside). Some influencers will even proudly credit a piece as "old" in their caption, shining a light on the fact that they are unafraid to repeat a look.
It's not just classic pieces that people are wearing on repeat; it's cult and trending pieces too. This shows that people are buying into the trends that they actually love rather buying into items solely for their popularity. If you love it, wear it over and over. Why not? With a bit of creativity and an attitude shift, re-wearing your favourite statement pieces can be entirely fabulous and push your style in a new direction.
Of course, it can be trickier to think of fresh ways to style louder pieces, but as always, that's where our Instagram community comes in with the inspiration. Keep scrolling to see how our favourite style stars are already leading the way and showing us how to wear cult pieces on repeat.
Style Notes: To change up her look, Nnenna doesn't swap out the matching skirt for basic jeans. Instead, she takes it to an even more maximalist level with a yellow-and-white spotted silk skirt.
Style Notes: Despite being a statement shoe, Monikh wears her sandals with everything: silk skirts, dresses, jumpsuits, jeans… and in different seasonal settings. She's a fab example that attitude makes all the difference.
Style Notes: Beaded bags were definitely a top cult buy last summer, and they haven't gone anywhere. Here, Bettina wears hers as beaded bag as one might expect: on a warm night out.
Style Notes: Despite traditionally being carried as an evening bag, Bettina has also worn hers in the daytime during the colder months, because why not?
Style Notes: But this year, we've seen people embracing the colour on an entirely new level. Rikke is wearing the same jumper a year later (flipped around), in a completely tonal look.
Style Notes: From jeans and hoops to her favourite bright pink (old) Celine cords, Grece can pair this memorable top with anything and makes it work.
So before you give something away in your spring clear out (in fear you've worn it too many times), try shifting your perspective. Just because it's not a minimalist black tee doesn't mean you can't wear it over and over and just own the look.