Serial Outfit Repeater! Is it Still a Fashion Faux Pas?

MimaMochi wearing Fendi Black Belt, Wavy Print Culottes and Bag-Kun Bag Charm

MimaMochi holding Fendi Bag-Kun Bag Charm

MimaMochi wearing Fendi Black Belt, Wavy Print Culottes and Bag-Kun Bag Charm

MimaMochi wearing Fendi Black Belt, Wavy Print Culottes and Bag-Kun Bag Charm

MimaMochi wearing Fendi Black Belt, Wavy Print Culottes and Bag-Kun Bag Charm

MimaMochi wearing Fendi Black Belt, Wavy Print Culottes and Bag-Kun Bag Charm with Fendi Embellished Peekaboo

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.

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65 Comments

  1. April 15, 2017 / 22:25

    I love what am seeing

    • April 16, 2017 / 02:42

      Thank you Elika 🙂

      Adrianna xx

  2. Miri
    April 15, 2017 / 23:13

    Hi sweetie, I could not agree more with you. My addiction are designer handbags. I end up selling them in consignment stores as I can’t wear Chanel handbags with everything. So I totally get you. I also started wearing clothes which are not from expensive brands and don’t feel any shame.
    X
    Miri

    http://currentlywearing.com

    • April 16, 2017 / 02:50

      Oh girl I get you! As Nicki Minaj says in one of her lyrics “these Chanel bags are a bad habit”! It’s a lovely feeling decluttering and sticking with the items you know you will wear often and love. It’s sad seeing luxury pieces go to waste. They’re too beautiful not to be enjoyed xx

  3. Amy
    April 16, 2017 / 00:07

    Blah Blah Blah you got dissapointed because the fashion house that you’ve spent a small fortune refused to kiss your ass like you expected lol
    I think that you have been spending a lot of time in your own little world, to realize that you are not special.
    Adriana you need to get a life and a real job. I don’t think that spend your boyfriend’s money can be considered a job.

    • April 16, 2017 / 02:55

      Hi,

      It seems that you have become fixated on a few details that I mentioned in my post. I will clarify what I have written for you so that there can be no further misunderstandings.

      Firstly, recognition of one’s birthday is quite standard with being a regular client in a number of fashion houses. This is usually followed by the gift of a birthday card to celebrate the occasion. Having a gesture so simple and inexpensive overlooked while not tragic is a tad disappointing nonetheless.

      Secondly, when one has a concern at a business, no matter the severity or insignificance it may hold, irrespective of the amount spent, a client should always have the ability to have their voice heard. Businesses that turn their backs on their clients are not handling the situation accordingly and thus may lose that client. Addressing and solving issues is an important aspect of any business relationship and is not something that should be shied away from.

      Furthermore, a SA should never over promise only to under deliver no matter the client they are dealing with. It is grossly unprofessional in any business setting and will sour a business relationship if not resolved appropriately.

      Nowhere have I nor do I ever intend to make reference to being superior to any other person no matter their social status, race, beliefs or appearance. To suggest that this is how I behave and what I believe is an incredible oversight of who I am and you do not know me at all.

      You may believe you know the intimate details of my life because you have interacted with me online, and perhaps even in person, however in reality I only allow a few select people into my inner circle. I would also like to clarify that I do in fact work incredibly hard with all that I involve myself in. Anyone who truly knows me would never make such an unfounded statement. Fashion, although significant, is only one aspect of my life. I would love to pursue a career in blogging and fashion as I have a real passion for it. For the record, my partner and I are both completely transparent with how we spend our money, and always accompany each other shopping as he too has an appreciation for fashion. I am proud that we have such a loving and open relationship built on mutual trust, understanding and respect.

      You will want to rethink your attitude both towards myself and in many other areas in general. Attacking me in this fashion, while it may be satisfying to you, is not addressing the underlying issues as to why you feel the need to. You may be familiar with the saying “What Susie says of Sally says more of Susie than of Sally.” A gentle reminder that our actions towards others are an insight into who we are as people, not the person being addressed.

      Instead of females tearing each other down, we should act in solidarity with one another.

      I wish you all the best. Have a lovely Easter.

      Adrianna xx

      • Amy
        April 16, 2017 / 12:36

        Adrianna

        I’d like to remind you, you came from a poor family and despite dress yourself head to toe in Chanel / Fendi or whatever designer you fancy, you might think that you are better than others because you can afford these items .In all honesty you can’t afford these items yourself, your partner is the one who can afford. What if he decide to kick you to the curb, what would you be left with??

        Happy Easter!

        • April 16, 2017 / 19:42

          Hi,

          Why you feel that you know the intimate details of my life is beyond me.

          If you focus the same amount of energy you do criticizing and belittling others on something constructive and meaningful you will definitely accomplish something great for yourself.

          I wish you all the best on your journey to finding inner happiness.

          Adrianna xx

  4. Amy
    April 16, 2017 / 00:11

    you’re dissapointed because they didn’t kiss your a** as you expected, I am glad that you realized that you are not special.
    I suggest you to get a life and a real job. I don’t think spend your boyfriend money because you don’t have any, can be described as work.

    • April 16, 2017 / 03:03

      Hi,

      Please see my response to your other comment.

      Best wishes,
      Adrianna xx

  5. April 16, 2017 / 00:42

    Such a great outfit and what a perfect location to shoot!

    ANOUK

    • April 16, 2017 / 02:45

      Thanks so much gorgeous! Sydney is such a lovely place for pictures xx

  6. Lyfw77
    April 16, 2017 / 11:45

    Definitely re wear your RTW!! Sometimes it’s more fun the second, third, fourth… time around when you discover new ways to pair up your pieces. I especially love taking a casual piece and finding ways to dress it up & vice versa. Your style is brilliant and I always enjoy seeing your beautiful collections- even if it means seeing something twice 😱!
    As to the judgemental commentators… as my mom always said – if you have nothing nice to say don’t say anything at all. There’s a difference between constructive comments and plain nonsense fueled by jealousy? self righteousness? Or just plain boredom. So keep rocking the fashion world Adrianna!! We admire the work you do and what you accomplish in all areas of life

    • April 27, 2017 / 04:20

      Hi gorgeous! Thanks so much for stopping by to read my blog articles. It means the world to me, especially seeing as you have some of the most beautiful RTW items on Instagram. When you genuinely love fashion, you will rewear and rework your pieces and be creative! I’m so glad you enjoy how I style my RTW.

      As for that person, she has to take a good, hard look at herself in the mirror! She can’t even string a sentence together which I suppose reflects on her low level of education. That in itself makes her lose all credibility in my eyes 🙂 Your mum is most definitely right. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Thanks again for your support xx

  7. April 16, 2017 / 12:10

    Love the post!! you write so well 🙂

    When I shop, I try very hard to seek the items that I will wear over and over again. it takes practice but I hope to master that skill someday!

    http://www.hintofgrey.com

    • April 27, 2017 / 04:26

      Hi Irene,

      You’re so right! It’s extremely difficult to determine what items you will wear over and over again. It definitely takes time (and a few mistakes along the way) to master.

  8. April 16, 2017 / 12:23

    love the pictures and that charm is so cute.
    I read the comment with all the negativity – dont let that affect you. you are doing a great job – keep working towards your dreams. xx

    -Neha
    LovePlayingDressup

    • April 27, 2017 / 04:23

      Thanks so much for the kind words of support Neha. I suppose every online personality experiences bullying at some point or another. I wish the negative commentator well and hope she finds inner peace 🙂

    • April 25, 2017 / 17:20

      Thank you Violette for your kind words 🙂

      Adrianna xx

  9. April 16, 2017 / 22:47

    I’m with you, Adriana – There is totally no shame in being an outfit repeater! I think some people give that too much weight and lose sleep over Instagram anxiety, because they worry that they would lose followers if they were so much as seen in the same item of clothing more than once, and I have known of many who have gone into six figure debt, because they try to keep up with creating the illusion of glamour so that they can continue to feed and grow their aspirational audience. Who cares what people say/think because that’s not something we can control. Haters will always go on hating, no matter what we do, so why give them more power over us? I believe that as long as we like and feel good in what we wear, no one should have that kind of power over us to tell us otherwise! Haha, sorry for the preaching!

    xx,
    Bei (a.k.a. @bagaddictsanon)

    • April 27, 2017 / 07:16

      Thanks Bei for the lovely comments and your amazing insight. You are completely right! Some people get too caught up with impressing the people around them. And for what?! To be up to their heads in debt, worrying about how they will pay off their next purchase? No luxury item is ever worth that level of stress! There is nothing wrong with wearing pieces over and over. In fact it is so freeing as it means you no longer let other people’s opinions matter 🙂

    • April 27, 2017 / 07:25

      Thanks gorgeous! I totally agree with you 🙂

  10. April 17, 2017 / 18:26

    Well said Adrianna! Some items cost a fortune that there are no reasons to not wear them again and again! Plus I think a great fashion lover or stylist is that person who knows how to reinvent outfits mixing different accessories or pieces not that one who simply make new purchases everytime! xx
    http://www.bonjourchiara.com

    • April 27, 2017 / 07:33

      Thanks gorgeous 🙂 You make a really valid point. Someone with imagination and creativity can often rewear pieces and do it in such a way that you forget they have worn it before.

  11. April 17, 2017 / 21:06

    Hey gorgeous
    Had to check out your beautiful blog
    Love all the gorgeous pictures and what a interesting topic,I think fashion is about wearing what you love and if that is a $50 dress fabulous if it’s a $50,000 fabulous too.
    Not wearing a beautifully made piece again because someone might gossip about it is crazy talk he he.
    I say who cares what others think I certainly don’t!!
    Hope you had a wonderful Easter
    Xo,
    Natalia

    • April 27, 2017 / 07:40

      Hey Natalia,

      Thanks so much for stopping by! You said it! It is such crazy talk letting other people’s opinions rule how you choose to wear your own things. Btw I love all your beautiful ig pics and really admire you flair for flatlays and interior styling.

  12. Lena Larsson
    April 17, 2017 / 23:06

    I totally agree with you! It would be a shame to not wear these beautiful pieces more than once, considering the design, materials and craftman ship invested. I am also a fierce advocat of buying and selling preloved. A perfect way of letting beautiful pieces have a second love affaire with someone else if you fall out of love. And as far as “Amy” goes., she should get a life of her own instead of hating others. You go girl! / Lena (@fiftyplusandfab)

    • April 27, 2017 / 08:04

      Hi Lena,

      Isn’t it great buying and selling preloved? I have an appreciation for fashion that extends to all eras and quite enjoy discovering previous collections through online consignment stores. The fun with wearing items that are a bit older is that it is guaranteed no one else will be wearing them. It totally avoids that scenario of looking the same as everyone else. Amy who can’t string a sentence together should put more time into getting herself an education! Thanks for the beautiful comment and support xxx

    • April 25, 2017 / 17:22

      Thanks Eleine 🙂

      Adrianna xx

  13. Angela
    April 18, 2017 / 02:40

    I cannot agree with you more on rewearing designer RTW but styling it a different way each time. Or hey, even styling it the same way for different events or occasions, if that’s what makes you feel most comfortable in the piece! Your approach is very practical and commendable. Another well-written post with gorgeous photos (and very well-said responses to a certain commentator above!).

    • April 27, 2017 / 08:15

      Hi Angela,

      Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts 🙂 Ultimately however they are styled, the end goal is to enjoy these designer pieces over and over again. Life is too short to have them sitting collecting dust!

  14. April 18, 2017 / 10:57

    I totally agree with you here babe!! you look amazing! Fendi pieces gives me life babe! the peek a boo bag is still on my list!! hahaha the list is getting very very long these days!!!
    Cant wait to see more outfit posts from you girl!

    xxx
    Ash
    http://www.missgunner.com

    • April 27, 2017 / 08:24

      Hey gorgeous, thanks for your lovely compliments. You seriously need a peekaboo! It is such a beautiful bag and a purchase you won’t regret. Just followed you on ig! Can’t believe I hadn’t already

    • April 25, 2017 / 17:23

      Thanks Vanessa 🙂

      Adrianna xx

    • April 27, 2017 / 08:26

      Thanks Mary! The first event I wore them to I don’t believe I actually had my blog up. I loved having the chance to wear them again so I feature them on here 🙂

  15. April 19, 2017 / 10:51

    Loved reading this post. I had the idea a few years ago of only buying expensive, high quality pieces that would outlast the years in both style & quality but now it seems like such a waste when they hardly ever get used because they’re actually so impractical! You’re definitely right & now I’m trying to make more sensible purchases. Fashion moves so fast that it seems silly to buy so many trendy designer things. They go out of style so fast, even when they’re marketed as “classics” you can wear for years.

    TFM BLOG

    • April 27, 2017 / 08:50

      It’s so crazy how fast fashion moves these days. It would certainly make for an interesting topic to write about. It seems as though the latest “IT” item is only relevant for a mere second, before it’s onto the next. You raise so many interesting points which I totally agree with. It is definitely an art learning which pieces to spend your money on and which pieces to pass up!

  16. April 19, 2017 / 22:54

    I enjoyed reading your post. I can’t afford luxury brands, but I would make an extra effort if I was invited to this kind of event (maybe hahaha). Great post! Have a nice day!
    Steal4Style.com

    • April 27, 2017 / 09:32

      Thanks so much sweetie! Glad you enjoyed the read 🙂 Enjoy the remainder of your week xx

    • April 25, 2017 / 17:24

      Thank you Mónica 🙂

      Adrianna xx

  17. April 20, 2017 / 08:33

    I find your look very nice and the combinations you make. I follow your blog

    • April 25, 2017 / 17:24

      Thanks for your lovely support 🙂

      Adrianna xx

    • April 25, 2017 / 17:28

      Thank you April. I agree the Fendirumi Bug-Kun is sooo cute!!

      Adrianna xx

    • April 25, 2017 / 17:29

      Thank you for all of your lovely support Настя 🙂

      Adrianna xx

    • April 25, 2017 / 17:32

      Thanks Tiffany Lea! He’s a cutie. 🙂

      Adrianna xx

    • April 25, 2017 / 17:34

      Thank you Gail. You’re very kind! 🙂

      Adrianna xx

    • April 25, 2017 / 17:36

      Thanks for your support! 🙂

      Adrianna xx

    • April 25, 2017 / 17:44

      Thank you for your kind words! 🙂

      Adrianna xx

  18. Tina
    April 25, 2017 / 17:59

    What a fabulous look! You should definitely rewear your items! My rule of thumb is to only buy items that I can restyle at least 3 times! Btw, your makes me me miss Sydney!

    Tina
    http://www.justatinabit.com

    • April 27, 2017 / 09:58

      What a great rule to have Tina! Btw I agree, Sydney is such a beautiful and photogenic city. I hope you have a chance to visit again one day. Have a wonderful weekend gorgeous xx

  19. Whitney
    May 16, 2017 / 13:26

    I agree with everything in this post! It’s all about cost per wear right? 🙂

    And you are so right about getting things on consignment/sale, I most often than not wear items a few months after it was purchased because of various reasons (no occasion, bad weather, missing matching shoes/bag). There’s absolutely nothing wrong with waiting, in fact the things that you end up purchasing can transcend beyond the season!

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