Today I decided to head to Google and type in the search term, “Can I wear the same…” just to see what happened. Here were some of the top results: Can I wear the same underwear for 2 days? Can I wear the same dress to 2 weddings? Can I wear the same shirt twice? As a recovering shopaholic who used to think repeating outfits was something that was secretly etched into the back of the 10 Commandments, I think it’s finally time we clear up some of these silly concerns once and for all.
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Do you have a shopping addiction?
Before we dive into the nitty gritty of the top Googled “Can I wear the same…” questions, first we need to address the potentially elephant sized credit card debt in the room. Shopping addiction.
If you are someone who struggles with feeling like you cannot repeat outfits or wear the same shirt twice, you might find yourself on the business end of a shopping addiction like yours truly.
I struggled with a shopping addiction from the moment I got my first paycheck until I was close to 30 years old.
Trying to live up to these silly made up rules about clothing put forth by society and our own brains can leave us stuck in a cycle of accumulation and shopping. In fact, it’s worries like not being able to repeat outfits that lead to women spending an average of $2,000 per year just to get dressed.
So, if you think you might be over-splurging on clothes and would love to nip a shopping addiction in the bud, check out the Shopping Rehab program that is designed to help you create balance with your spending while shaking free from limiting beliefs about what you should/shouldn’t wear.
Now that we got that out of the way, let’s answer some of your questions…
Can I wear the same underwear for 2 days?
I’ve heard rumors that in order to get by wearing the same underwear, people pull a little flipperoo (flipping your underwear inside out), which is basically a hack for getting yourself a pair of clean undies. While I’m no stranger to running low on clean undies, I gotta put my foot down with this one.
It’s kind of like asking if you can go 2 days without brushing your teeth or wiping your butt. You can, but do you really want to?
Ultimately any of us can do anything we want to do. However, should you wear the same underwear for 2 days, hygiene says, let’s not. What happens when you don’t change your underwear every day.
Since that was the top Googled question for repeat wearing questions, I felt I needed to clarify that doubling up on your skivvies isn’t the healthiest of options. Now let’s move on, shall we?
Can I wear the same dress to 2 weddings?
The short answer: yes, please.
Taking the time to find an amazing outfit that makes you feel confident, dressed up and amazing can be a time consuming process. When you throw in the fact that at some point all of us will experience a Summer of Weddings where every weekend we seem to have a new wedding to attend, the idea of buying a new outfit for each one seems absurd.
The year I got married a girlfriend of mine had a dress she loved that she dubbed her, “Wedding Dress,” it was a cute, yellow dress that she wore to 7 different weddings in one summer. She loved the way she looked in it, spent a lot of money on it and wanted to make good use out of wearing it.
I think this is a mindset we all need to adopt. When we find an outfit that looks and feels amazing, we should be taking advantage of wearing it as often as possible.
Not only do you get to fully experience the awesomeness of one dress but you will also save yourself time and money in the process.
Can I wear the same shirt twice?
Please, for the love of Pete, wear your shirts way more than twice.
I once heard a rule that said you shouldn’t buy anything unless you’ll wear it one time for each dollar spent. The exception to this rule might be a wedding or prom outfit, but I think we can agree this is otherwise a great rule.
I am a big believer in the hell yes or hell no decision making strategy for picking out clothes. This means, when you are trying stuff on in a fitting room, if you don’t instantly think, “hell yes!” when you put an item on, then it’s not worthy of your time or credit card swipe.
This means if you have gotten high maintenance enough to only bring home articles of clothing that look and feel amazing, you best believe you should be wearing them more than once. You deserve to!
Can I wear the same thing every day?
Maybe you’re not even worried about wearing a shirt twice, what you want to do is wear the same thing over and over again.
Here’s a minimalist perspective: some of the wealthiest people in the world wear the same thing every day. Go ahead, Google a picture of Steve Jobs or Warren Buffet. Both billionaires, both wearing the same outfit in basically every single picture.
People like Jobs claim that choosing the same outfit everyday helps save brain power to make bigger and more important decisions than finding what to wear.
Who knows, maybe your genius brain is trying to get you on that same wavelength. If so, here are some ideas on how to wear the same thing every day:
- Find you minimalist uniform
- Buy repeats of the same things
- Wear the same outfit with clean clothing every day
In summary: Wear whatever you want – just take care of you
The only downside that comes to mind when repeating outfits or wearing the same thing over and over again is self care. If you are struggling to find the energy to dress yourself, or hate your body in most things, I hope you can give yourself some grace my friend.
If basic self care is something you are struggling with, I highly suggest the book, How to Keep House While Drowning written by a woman who knows and has been there.
However, if you just happen to be someone who no longer wants to live up to these silly made up rules about how many times you can wear a shirt or if it’s ok to repeat an outfit, then please use this as your official permission slip to opt out of all of it.
And remember, if you need help with damage control that has been done by trying to avoid wearing the same shirt twice, check out Shopping Rehab.