Dressing up for Fashion Week can be a total and utter nightmare. Not only do you feel pressured into wearing the latest designs and figuring out the coolest things to wear, but there’s also a certain status that comes along with it. Since there are photographers everywhere during this time, people go out of their way to construct looks they know will get them photographed and land them in street style galleries. This season, I decided to do something different: wear an outfit I had already worn to NYFW exactly a year ago.
While I love my job and attending runway shows, recently, I have felt kind of “over” the stress of figuring out what to wear to Fashion Week. Sure, it’s fun to play dress up, and women should feel free to splurge on what they’re excited about and embrace the opportunity to wear emerging designers they care about. I borrowed a dress from Zimmermann and a pair of sneakers from Ash for this year’s shows, but I wasn’t about to go spend a thousand dollars on an outfit or pull 20 different outfits from designers to send over this time around.
As trends change each season, it’s easy to get swept away in wearing the latest item of the moment, but it’s also very important to stay true to who you are and your personal aesthetic. (That being said, I’m still always willing to try new trends from time to time.) For the Tom Ford Spring ’19 show, I rewore the same Fame & Partners black and white gingham dress that I wore to Rihanna’s Fenty x Puma show last year. Ironically enough, both shows ended up taking place at the same venue, the Park Avenue Armory.
I figured it’s a super flattering dress, I bought it with my own money, and I felt so damn confident when I wore it — why shouldn’t I be able to rock it multiple times? Gingham is a classic print that hasn’t gone out of style over the years and I am personally very fond of it. With this in mind, I slipped into my minidress and styled it with the same short black booties and chain-link YSL bag I had carried last year. The only thing I ended up changing was the addition of a new pair of earrings.
I loved how I looked in this dress so much, I took multiple pictures of myself in the look during both seasons (shout-out to my boyfriend Pat, aka the OG Instagram hubby), and I didn’t even care if any of my social media followers noticed. I’ve even worn it a couple of times in the Summer and posted it on the ‘gram. In the end, this is my Fashion Week dress, and I’ll wear it as many times as I want to — because why the hell not? Scroll on to see pictures and shop similar versions ahead.