I have bought enough designer RTW in my time to know that the majority of my choices go largely unworn. Clothes prison, also known as “the wardrobe”, is the place in my house where my many Chanel tweed jackets go to be stored and die. They yearn for that special day to venture out into the real world but ultimately they are lucky to even be bestowed with one wear per year.
Please don’t get me started on the outrageously expensive and even less wearable designer gowns that I have paid a pretty penny for, only to see them woefully wasting their days away on velvet hangers. These clothes are a sad reminder of all the expensive high-end clothing mistakes of the past, which I hope to never revisit again.
Purchased originally with the intent of “wearing them with everything”, the reality is that these clothes are worn with nothing. At the time of each “mistake” purchase, I bought into the hype, fell in love with the craftsmanship and became attached to the stories linked with each particular collection. I didn’t even consider how uncomfortable a boxy tweed jacket would be for my everyday use, or how few chances I would have to wear the iconic gown I own from the Chanel No. 5 #TheOneThatIWant advertisement campaign. It all seemed like a good idea at the time, until I was confronted with how much cheaper I could have purchased these pieces for months later on consignment or on sale. What was the difference anyway? It’s not like I actually wore these clothes that often before they depreciated terribly!
This year I have been rethinking expensive designer purchases, as luxury no longer feels like luxury to me. When a brand you have spent a small fortune at cannot even acknowledge your birthday by sending out a simple card, or have the courtesy to listen to, let alone address any concerns you may have, there is a huge problem! Or when a sales associate hassles you on Instagram through DM and promises you the world while not being able to deliver said promises, it doesn’t portray the fashion house they are representing in a positive manner at all. Luxury is a whole experience so should never be thought to simply stop at the items themselves. In light of these experiences, I have become extremely careful about where and what I spend my money on, as I want to ensure that I get the maximum amount of enjoyment out of the pieces I add to my collection. I feel as though I owe it to these beautiful items, as so much time, skill and effort goes into their creation that they deserve to be worn and used.
When I was invited to the Fendi event in Sydney, I seriously considered buying something special from their current Spring Summer Collection to wear for the occasion. There were so many beautiful dresses and shoes that were available for purchase in the Australian boutiques, however none of these items would have seen the light of day again given how wearable they would be for me. Irrespective of whether I can afford to spend the money on an outrageously stunning, albeit expensive dress for one use, I know enough about my previous purchases to realize that this kind of spending doesn’t sit well with me. It's just not right letting a pretty dress sit in a closet unworn!
What I really wanted from Fendi was one of those amazing cut out sweaters (preferably in pink or white). Had it been released, I would have bought it for the event in a flash, as it’s something I can style in many ways and wear often. Going by my fashion successes, one thing is certain; I have never bought a sweater that I’ve regretted! I love the freedom and warmth that a stretchy knit provides, so I would happily spend good money on one of beautiful quality!
Alas though, despite my thorough online searching and some kind Instagram friends asking around, the sweater was not to be. So instead I committed the worst fashion faux pas (going by all the media criticism the Duchess of Cambridge receives) and “recycled” the Fendi wave print pants I wore to an event last year. GASP! I styled them differently of course, and second time around I have to say I loved wearing them even more!
I wanted to share these thoughts as some individuals who attend luxury events behave as if it’s a faux pas not to be parading around in current season or new items. There is no shame in wearing your designer RTW pieces over and over again as long as you style yourself differently! These pieces are beautifully made and come at a high price tag so I think it’s a shame just letting them sit in my closet never to make an appearance ever again. Some of the RTW pieces cost more than the designer bags, so I am certainly not going to lose sleep thinking about what Mrs Robinson will say if I dare to wear them again! I am an occasional and happy outfit repeater so add me to the list along with the likes of Kate Middleton, Alexa Chung a Melania Trump.
Tell me your thoughts below. Would you dare to be seen in your designer RTW more than once?
Adrianna is wearing
Adrianna is wearing Fendi wave print culottes, embellished peekaboo bag, Bug-Kun bag charm and Flowerland belt. Outfit has been paired with Gio Diev "Varna" pumps and Zara bodysuit.