Leave it to our idol Michelle Obama to call out double standards in the classiest way.
While speaking at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, Mrs. Obama revealed that Barack wore the same tux for 8 years. Many people ate this up, thinking it was wonderful and even kind of funny that the President was a serial outfit repeater.
It totally makes sense. Why wear a million different suits or tuxes? It’s wasteful and unnecessary.
But at the same time, Michelle used to opportunity to point out a ridiculous fashion double standard.
“That’s the unfair thing. No matter what we do he puts on the same tux. Now, people take pictures of the shoes I wear, the bracelets, the necklace—they didn’t comment on that for eight years, he wore the same tux, same shoes.”
She’s completely right. It’s not fair, and certainly, a double standard when it comes to outfit repetition. Generally speaking, men can dress up in the same suit or tux repeatedly with little to no comment about it. For women in the spotlight, outfit repeaters are called out publicly.
I can recall reading a piece a few years ago that complained about Kate Middleton wearing the same jacket 2 or 3 times. I had to scrape my jaw off the floor I was so appalled.
These kinds of comments and pieces are not uncommon. A simple Google search can prove that.
Not only is this a double standard, it is a ridiculous standard, period. For men or women. It is so wasteful to constantly purchase new clothes, never wearing the same thing. It is wasteful of money and resources. We should admire celebrities, politicians, and other public figures who wear clothes repeatedly like they should.
So let’s work to eliminate this double standard and this expectation of public figures in general.