Cult Buys Aren't Just for One Season—Here's How to Wear Them Again and Again

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. This shouldn't be something to call out, however all to often influencers wear something once, get the likes and toss that piece aside. However that certainly isn't everyone. 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 and over. Why would you not? With a bit of creativity, styling tricks, and an attitude shift, re-wearing your favourite statement pieces can be entirely fabulous and push your style in a new direction. We believe you should buy items to wear them as much as physically possible.

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 showing us how to wear cult pieces in several different ways.

THE STATEMENT COAT
How To Wear Old Clothes: Saks Potts Statement Coat

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@nnennaechem

Style Notes: Vintage-inspired statement coats having been having a moment in the spotlight for the past couple winters thanks to brands like Saks Potts, House of Sunny and Stand. Since they are such a standout piece, they are easily styled with jeans and lace-up boots.

Style Notes: But Nnenna always likes to think outside the box so she's also styled her statement Saks Potts coat to the max, wearing hers with checked trousers, bright trainers, a furry bucket hat and matching faux-fur trimmed tote.

OTT CHELSEA BOOTS
How To Wear Old Clothes: Chunky Chelsea Boots

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@wethepeoplestyle

Style Notes: Track-sole boots have risen in popularity this year, perhaps an extension of the dad sandal trend you'll see below.

Style Notes: We love seeing the versatility of these boots, not just as faithful winter shoe companions, but also paired with flowy dresses and silk skirts.

THE CARDI
How To Wear Old Clothes: Button-down cardigan knit

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@fashionenth

Style Notes: The cardigan is a classic, but this year, it became a central trending piece. Lucky for us, its very classic nature makes it a versatile investment. 

Style Notes: The one way we've loved seeing the cardi worn differently this year is that it's been worn a bit more formally, like with silk skirts. 

THE CULT DRESS
How To Wear Old Clothes: Ganni Green Checked Dress

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@heartzeena

Style Notes: This Ganni neon green check dress went absolutely viral in 2019. The smocking detail and ruffled hem made it extra unique. But just because it's a niche look doesn't mean it's a one-hit wonder.

Style Notes: We love seeing the different ways Zeena's worn hers over the summer, including the classic trick of layering a T-shirt underneath and swapping her sandals for easy trainers. As we go on our winter holidays, we expect to see a lot more of this dress. 

DAD SANDALS
How To Wear Old Clothes: Chanel Velcro Sandals

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@monikh

Style Notes: Monikh has barely taken off her Chanel velcro sandals since she bought them last year, and we love her for it. She's been a leader among influencers in her dedication to re-wearing her favourite pieces over and over.

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.

BEADED BAG
How To Wear Old Clothes: Pearl Beaded Bag

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@bettinalooney

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?

THIN PRINT TOPS
How To Wear Old Clothes: Sheer Mesh Tops

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@greceghanem

Style Notes: We noted the comeback of thin mesh tops at the start of the year, but Grece has been proving their versatility ever since.

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.

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