FBFF: The One-Time-Use Piece

This week’s FBFF post calls on us to address the “one-time-use” wardrobe piece, and talk about whether-or-not we have items like this in our closet.  Lots of fashion bloggers (or even women in general) are accused of having items they wear only once,* and this is our chance to address it and either dispel the rumor, or confirm it.  Chances are, my thoughts on this are a little different than the average person, largely because I do a lot of wardrobe buying for shoots.  But anyway, here we go…

Are you a one-time wearer?
I try not to be.  Frankly, it’s a bit unrealistic, I think.  Now, sure, there are items in my closet that I’ve worn once or never worn, but most of that is “specialty” stuff, like formal dresses or specialty pieces (like my Christian Siriano for Payless Shoes) that I can’t wear to work or on a daily basis.  Those kinds of items, I think, get a pass.  They’re luxury items.  I for sure don’t believe in buying something “regular” and just wearing it once (at least not intentionally).

In fact, even when it comes to buying stuff for photoshoots, though I don’t do that very often any more, I spend a significant amount of time considering if I can wear the item outside of a shoot.  Can I wear it to work?  What about on a non-workday?  To a special event?  If the answer is “no” to all of those questions, I’ll see about finding something else more practical instead.

Now, I can’t lie, there have been things I’ve bought that I’ve worn once and never worn again.  Often, it’s something I didn’t feel comfortable in, or didn’t like the fit of.  I’ve been trying really hard to re-introduce pieces like that into my wardrobe, but let’s face it, sometimes, that’s just impossible to do.  In cases like that, it’s better to just either try and resell the item, donate it, or swap it.

Do you feel the need to purchase something new for an evening out or a special event? 
Sometimes, yes.  But before I do, I’ll make sure I don’t have anything in my closet that works.  When I do buy something, I make sure I buy something versatile that I can wear again for a similar event.  At the very least, that makes me feel better about spending the money on something I can’t wear regularly.  I have no qualms when it comes to wearing the same dress or outfit to multiple events, even if the same people are going to be there.  In fact, in 2006 I wore the same black dress to 9 weddings (yes, we had nine weddings in one year)–I just changed up my shoes and accessories for each wedding.

That said, like I’ve mentioned, I have bought new wardrobe items for shoots.  In fact, I’ve bought entire new outfits (including shoes and accessories) for shoots before.  But, like I mentioned, I do what I can to make sure that when I buy is something that I can wear again.

Re-mixing is something a lot of bloggers are proud of being able to accomplish.  Are you a re-mixing pro or do you shy away from posting items frequently? Why?
I’m a huge fan of remixing, in case you couldn’t tell from my Random Outfit posts and my 21 Day Challenge.  I see remixing items as a challenge it itself, and that’s part of the fun of it!

Now, I don’t necessarily think I’m a pro at remixing.  However, I do feel like I’m getting better at it.  Remixing can be really tough, so mastering it is quite a long process I think.  Here are some outfits featuring some of the same pieces… see if you can spot ’em all (click the pics to view bigger)!


Do you have a clothing budget or are you an impulse buyer?

That is, both.  To some degree, I try to keep myself on a budget and not shop too often (though anyone who walks into my closet would beg to differ, I’m sure).  And at the same, I do occasionally impulse buy in the sense that I’ll buy something I don’t need, but purely want.  I do try to curb this by putting things on hold in stores, or pinning them to my wishlist and thinking about it, instead of just whipping out my credit card and going for it.  I find that this method leads to far less buyer’s remorse, and a higher “wear it” rate.

Do you find yourself bored when reading a blog in which clothing items are often remixed and appear frequently?
Not at all!  I love seeing how other bloggers remix items they have, because quite often, it leads to creative ways to wear something, and gives me inspiration for my own wardrobe.  In fact, there have been times where I’ve seen a piece I have on another blog (or something similar) and have sought out other outfits featuring that piece on the same blog, just to get ideas.

Thinking about it, I think I’d actually rather see remixing than not.  After all, remixing is far more realistic than wearing things once and getting rid of them.

*In my research on this, I was able to find one article that addresses this.  That’s here.  However, I can tell you from personal experience, that this does indeed happen.

4 comments for “FBFF: The One-Time-Use Piece

  1. March 31, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    It is definitely unrealistic and I love that you think about all the different ways you can wear a piece. I need to do that more often before my impulse purchases 🙂

  2. April 5, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    cool 😀

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