By Claudia Saide | Photography by SUKILYNN
I’m not sure why, and I can’t possibly be the only person that likes to do this, but sometimes I find myself falling into the habit of repeating an outfit two days in a row (or sometimes more). Just last week I picked out these Dries board shorts that I got last spring, and wore them with a white sweater to my sister-in- law’s high-school graduation. Funny thing is that when I first got em last year, I never really liked the way they looked with any of my tops, so I probably only wore them two or three times, if that. Yet last week it was like I owned nothing else. I wore them to the graduation, got a tiny hummus stain on them that only I would have probably noticed, and wore them the next day with a white tank instead of the sweater (it was a hot night) to meet my friends for drinks.
This outfit repeat got me thinking about all of the other times I’ve worn an outfit for two or more consecutive days. Now these shorts are not at all like a pair of jeans that you could wear literally everyday without anyone noticing. If I’d had bumped into one of my sister-in- law’s fellow grads or family members, they’d have definitely noticed that I was wearing the shorts again. Maybe they would’ve even gotten a little grossed out—who knows?
But I guess I kind of do this all the time. I fall into one specific thing in my closet and want to wear the shit out of it. Obviously I try to make sure that when I do this I’m not seeing the same people both days, but sometimes it’s unavoidable, and I still don’t care. Oh, and if you thought that men don’t noticed things, they do when it comes to clothing that they’re not fond of (i.e. board shorts, mom jeans). It’s true— Isaac’s totally called me out on it. He’s flat out said, and I quote, “Didn’t you wear that last night?” Who knew he even paid attention?
Back to the point though. So I’ve had this epiphany that I like to wear things in phases, even if it means that I’m wearing something, well, that doesn’t smell very fresh. It’s just the way I’ve been doing it, and I honestly never even thought about until last week. But I do find it, in a way, pretty telling. I totally base my outfits off of my mood, and it’s absolutely possible for a mood to stretch out for more than a day, right? Apparently last week I was feeling laidback and sunny (colorful, oversized board shorts), but other times I’ve felt very New York sophisticato (black dries puffed sleeve sweatshirt), or cool and Parisian chic (overdid it with my silk Equipment Henri blouse FOR SURE). And I won’t even get into the depressing sweatpant phase.
The bottom line is that my mood takes precedence over fresh clothing, so if I’m feeling a certain way, and only one article of clothing can express that, fuck it, I’ll wear it till the mood passes.
Now. Tell me I’m not crazy and that all of you do it too.