Just a couple of week’s into John Key’s tenure as Prime Minister and the fashionistas are after his wife Bronagh.
Her fashion crime? Wearing the same outfit twice.
It’s just as well I’m not in a position which brings me to the attention of the fashion police because not only do I wear the same outfit many times I do so over many seasons. If it wasn’t for a problem of wardrobe shrinkage (when you hang clothes in the wardrobe and find they’ve shrunk when you try them on a few months later) I’d be wearing them for a lot longer.
Bronagh appears to be a confident woman, comfortable with who she is and what she wears so I hope she ignores the unsolicited advice.
Wearing something more than once isn’t a fashion faux pas, it’s displaying environmental and financial sense.
We’re continually being exhorted to reduce, reuse and recycle so wearing an outfit just once is simply wasteful and when we’re facing the worst financial crisis for decades it could also be regarded as profligate.
The fashionistas should stick to kitting out those who seek their advice and leave attractive and well dressed women like Bronagh to enjoy their own style, which includes wearing outfits as many times as she likes.
That way she’ll be a role model for the majority rather than a fashion horse for the few because while the fashion police have a vested interest in getting women into new clothes as often as possible that’s neither sensible nor possible for most of us.
UPDATE 2: goNZo Freakpower writes from experience.
UPDATE #: So does Madeleine at MandM