While World Environment Day was yesterday (June 5th), today we take a look at the celebrities who set major fashion goals by repeating outfits they’ve worn in the past.
In the recent past, the world has seen a slight shift from consumerism to sustainability – there is a growing awareness of the planet and the effects that human activities can have on it. Fashion, being the multi-billion dollar industry it is today, is also among the most polluting industries in the world. Industry creates waste, both in terms of the materials and the products themselves, most of which are only worn once before being thrown away.
Times are changing now though. Recently, a British reality show the island of love announced that they would abandon their partnerships with fast fashion brands, and opt for second-hand fashion acquired through a partnership with eBay UK. Closer to home, Grammy-winning entertainer Ricky Kej turned heads last month when he appeared for two events – the 2022 Grammys and the Cannes Film Festival in May – in the same outfit, in the part of a ReWear4Earth campaign.
With sustainable fashion set to be the future of the industry, we take a look at celebrities who have repeated their outfits in the past, making upcycling clothing and fashion acceptable and cool.
Famous celebrities who have been seen rehearsing outfits:
The two-time Grammy winner repeated the outfit he chose for the Grammys this year when he walked the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival in May. In a post on social media, he wrote: “For decades, repeating an outfit for galas and events would be considered a fashion mistake – encouraging people to change their outfit for each event, by making clothes” for single use “. It’s time to change that narrative. It is time to consider our planet in this equation. Fashion can be fashionable twice (sic).
The Duchess of Cambridge is known for her elegant appearances and graceful choices in clothing. And something that has managed to make headlines more than once is the fact that she is one of the celebrities who has repeated her outfits, either accessorizing them differently or altering them to add his personal touch.
Over the past few months, Sonali Bendre has been sharing snaps of herself in outfits she wore years ago. In an episode of a dance reality TV show, she wore a Rohit Bal jacket that she once adorned at least two decades ago. And last month, she turned heads again by posting photos of herself in a white suit she wore during her first trimester.
While you could argue that it’s mostly a woman’s closet that’s overflowing with clothes and men seem to make more practical choices when it comes to outfits, the menswear industry is also extremely wasteful. However, in 2020, The Joker Actor Joaquin Phoenix made the decision to show up to every award show this season wearing the same tuxedo – a Stella McCartney piece – and set an example by rehearsing the clothes.
Before Meghan and Harry gave up their royal titles, the former actress made several public appearances as part of her royal duties, charity work and more. What turned heads were the outfits she decided to wear on several occasions – from her trench dress to her purple midi dress and her striped dress – telling the world that even if you are a duchess, make durable and repeat clothing choices only become trendier day by day.
Tiffany Haddish is someone who has been called a “serial outfit repeater”. She’s worn her white Alexander McQueen gown more than four times now, each time for a public appearance. Talking about recycling her look several times (the last being for a People magazine shoot), she told a publication that her dress cost 4,122 USD (INR 3,19,754), and even though people warned her against it, she will continue to wear the dress in public again.
Among the celebrities who have repeated the outfits is Hailey Bieber. The model loves her comfy outfits and has been spotted more than once in her brown Yeezy tracksuit, pairing it with different accessories for a fresh look.
Cate Blanchett is no stranger to repeated outfits on red carpets, having recycled many garments in the past. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporterwhen asked about her choice, she had said, “Particularly in the current climate, it seems willful and ridiculous that such beautiful clothes should not be cherished and worn again for a lifetime.”
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This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia India