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Is Dress Repeating Still A Fashion Faux Pas?

There are plenty of double-standards that come with being a woman, one of which is the absurd expectation to shell out top-dollars for lavish dress, and then be expected to never wear it again. As Taylor Swift had once said in a now infamous interview, “I can’t wear a dress twice or else it’s pointed out in magazines, so unfortunately I have to shop for dresses all the time.”


The pressure to never repeat outfits is most severe on celebrities and influencers, whose fashion choices are the stuff of headlines, often put to shame for unpopular choices. But, as the new year and new seasons churn out new looks, we’ve noticed the increasing trend to re-wear dresses and repeat looks by celebrities, influencers and personalities in the spotlight. Will this year finally be the year that we finally dispense with the no-dress-repeating code? Good riddance!


If you need a little assurance, here are some of the stylish ladies, who dare to wear the dress twice—and still rock it!


1. Rita Moreno

On this year’s 90th Academy Awards, Puerto Rican actress Rita Moreno, who won Best Supporting Actress for “West Side Story” in 1962, re-wears the same Pitoy Moreno dress she wore 56 years ago! News of her bold move made headlines all over the world with plenty of praises.



2. Tiffany Haddish 

Once again during the Oscars ceremony, American actress and comedian Tiffany Haddish makes a strong case for rewearing an whopping expensive dress. Her beautiful, white Alexander McQueen dress, which cost $4000, has been seen on three special occasions: the red carpet for “Girls Trip”, her Saturday Night Live episode, and on the Oscars stage.


3. Kate Middleton

For all of the public scrutiny around her, the Duchess of Cambridge is not afraid to repeat her outfits, which comprise of a variety of designer and high-street brands. Overall, there are at least nine occasions in which she is known to have repeated some dresses; the most recent being her Seraphine blue maternity dress, which she first wore in her Norway tour, and then again in a charity in London.


4. Tootsy Angara


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Hailed as one of the Top 10 #MetroMostStylish women, Tootsy Angara is celebrated for her support of local fashion and craftsmanship, which can be seen in her frequent Filipiniana style. During last year’s SONA, she re-wore her prom dress designed by Pitoy Moreno about 26 years ago, which had everyone impressed.


5. Arianna Huffington 

Founder of the Huffington Post, as well as founder and CEO of Thrive Global, Arianna Huffington is known to tag #repeat on her OOTDs with re-worn apparel. She once said that “wearing the same outfit to work and events is a power move by women.” And just yesterday, Arianna met with Elle Editor-In-Chief Nina Garcia to discuss the movement of #repeat, and why more women should follow.


6. ‘It’ Girls


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If you’re still not comfortable being caught wearing the same dress twice, then take the example of our local ‘It’ Girls: Share that dress with your friends! Last month, we documented the style teamwork of Jess Wilson, Georgina Wilson and Bea Soriano-Dee as they repeat each other’s gorgeous gowns. Clearly, each girl carried the dress in her own unique way, often landing on our #MetroStyleWatch radar.




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