Most mornings when I wake up, I’m questioning how frequently I can get away with wearing my favourite go-to outfits. Will anyone notice, for instance, if I turn up to work in my beloved black jumpsuit twice in one week, or if I’ve worn the same stompy lace-up boots for ten days in a row?
Usually my solution is to use an assortment of roll-neck tees and blazers as layering tools to make each outfit different and interesting. But I’m not alone in this dilemma. Wardrobe space is finite, particularly if you live in London like me. It’s why the idea of a capsule wardrobe is compelling to so many of us.
三级成人视频Of course, we rarely see this same behaviour from celebrities. Often they exist in a world where walk-in wardrobes are the norm, and brands desperate for exposure send them endless quantities of the kind of designer clothes most of us could only dream of owning.
Influencers, too, are focused on keeping followers entertained with fresh content, and this largely includes a new outfit for every post, again, mostly gifted from fashion brands.
三级成人视频As a result, we rarely see any of them wearing the same thing twice, and because their lifestyles are aspirational, many of us have started to feel like we’re doing something wrong if we don’t seek to attain the same standards.
That’s why I get so excited when I see the Duchess of Cambridge re-wearing something we’ve seen her wear for an official engagement before. It’s something she’s always done, but we’re seeing her do it more and more in recent months, from the 13-year-old Reiss coat she wore on tour in Ireland, to her tweaked Alexander McQueen gown on the BAFTAs red carpet.
三级成人视频While there’s no doubt she has plenty of wardrobe space and storage at her disposal, it should also be acknowledged that, as a working royal, she is required to dress up and be photographed more frequently than the rest of us.
三级成人视频As a result, she’s developed some savvy tools for re-wearing old favourites in an interesting way, from updating sleeves to mixing old designer treasures with new high street finds. It’s a trend we should all get on board with, if not for the environment, then our bank balances, so here are five Duchess-approved guidelines for rewearing clothes well.
When buying new, stick to the classics
Buying well is the first rule in creating a wardrobe with real longevity. Stick to high quality materials and classic cuts, and steer clear of faddy trends. This doesn’t always mean you have to buy designer - some of Kate’s most beloved pieces are actually quite accessible - just look at that 13-year-old Reiss coat.
Invest in extra storage, and review the contents each season
三级成人视频If your wardrobe is full to bursting, it’s impossible to see the contents properly, so create a capsule for the season with your current favourites, and put the rest into storage, whether that’s a loft space, a suitcase under the bed, or a hired unit. Every four to six months, reevaluate the hero pieces in your cupboard, storing and retrieving according to the weather, upcoming events and your whims and tastes; it feels a little like shopping, but without spending any money.
Store your clothes properly
Nothing is more devastating (in the context of fashion at least) than finding that your favourite cashmere jumper has been ravaged by moths. That’s why it’s critical to store your clothes in a way that ensures they’ll be in mint condition when you decide to bring them back into circulation. For cashmere, this means wrapping them in acid-free tissue, and storing in a breathable plastic bag with a couple of moth balls.
三级成人视频Wash or dry clean anything going into storage, and fold it all carefully into plastic storage boxes. Place the heaviest items at the bottom of the box and lightest at the top. Ensure your storage space is cool, dry and away from direct sunlight.
Tailor, tweak and repair
A good tailor can be the difference between a one-season wonder and a wardrobe treasure you wear year-after-year. Whether your body shape has changed or simply your taste, a minor alteration can transform your feelings about an old coat, jeans or dress. Just look at how Kate altered the sleeves of an old Alexander McQueen dress三级成人视频 to wow the world at the BAFTAs.
三级成人视频A tailor can also mend split seams or patch worn fabric, giving new life to the things you thought you’d worn to death.
Nor do you always need professional help. It’s easy to change the buttons on an old coat yourself - scour vintage markets for unique finds. And anyone with a washing machine can dye that slightly-too-sheer white summer frock into a navy blue wardrobe workhorse.
Mix it up
Nothing breathes new life into old clothes like wearing them with more recent wardrobe additions. Kate does this all the time, teaming high street buys from Jigsaw, Massimo Dutti and Zara with investment pieces like her Catherine Walker & Co coats. We loved her look for a visit to a pub in Galway last week when she wore a new Suzannah dress under an old McQueen coat, making for a dramatic all-green ensemble that paid homage to her Irish hosts.