The Art of Repetition

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

A year or so ago, I read something that Alyssa wrote on her blog that totally transformed my relationship with clothes and made me realize that less is definitely more. This is what she wrote:

'When we first got married, I was surprised that my French husband would wear the same outfit whenever we went out. He'd put on a denim button-up shirt, black fitted slacks, and black leather boots. Every. Single. Time. 

This was shocking for an American who was taught to buy a new outfit for every occasion, but the art of repetition is ingrained in the French. Just think about Carine Roitfeld and her winning combination of a silk blouse, pencil skirt, and sky-high heels. Or try to imagine Emmanuelle Alt in anything but skinny jeans (I know, it’s hard). 

The French wear these uniforms because they know it’s flattering and makes them look good. They also wear it with confidence and have zero regrets about repeating an outfit. And when you think about it, why would anyone ever apologize for looking good?'

Spot on, isn't it? Ever since then, instead of buying clothes, I started creating uniforms that actually look great and make me feel myself. The result is that I am totally unapologetic about wearing the same black dress to all the dinner parties I've been to this summer. It looked and felt great and that is what really matters!

Any thoughts? Do tell...

P.S: The French decade.
P.P.S: The Parisian 10-item wardrobe.

(Quote by Alyssa Pacaut. Photo by Garance Doré)


Anonymous said...

your reasoning won me over, i am notoriously known for buying clothes for excuses, but i should change that and finally create a set of outfits that really flatter my whole being

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