Can you have too many clothes?

As Vivienne Westwood criticises Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, for having “too many clothes”, The Fashion Police ask: IS there such a thing? Can you have too many clothes, or is it a case of “the more, the merrier”?

Isla Fisher as Becky Bloomwood in Confessions of a Shopaholic

Becky Bloomwood doesn’t think you can have too many clothes… unless Hugh Dancy says so. 

Can you have too many clothes?

Vivienne Westwood’s at it again. Last year she criticised Kate Middleton’s eyeliner; this year she says the Duchess of Cambridge has too many clothes, and should wear the same thing over and over in order to help the environment. Guess it must be Fashion Week again, then!

“I don’t have any advice to her,” said Westwood, before going on to give Kate the following advice:

[yo_quote author=”Vivienne Westwood”]I think it would be great if she wore the same clothes over and again, because that’s very good for the environment and it would send out a very nice message. If you’re going to all that trouble to get an outfit that suits you, then you should keep on wearing it.[/yo_quote]

Poor old Kate, eh? One minute she’s being criticised for NOT buying new clothes, the next she’s being criticised for BUYING them. She must feel like she can’t win with this one, and to be honest, she’s probably right.

Vivienne Westwood thinks Kate Middleton has too many clothes

Kate Middleton: has too many clothes. Allegedly. 

Our first thought when we read these comments was that it’s a bit rich for a fashion designer, whose job is basically to convince us we need an entire new wardrobe each season, to be telling people not to shop. Does Vivienne Westwood REALLY hope no one buys anything from her new collection, because we’ve all taken her words to heart and are wearing our existing clothes “over and over again” rather than buying new ones? Probably not. In her defence, though, Westwood claims to have created a smaller collection than usual this season, and to be concentrating on quality rather than quantity:

[yo_quote author=”Vivienne Westwood”]All I can say is it’s quite a short collection this time because what I’m trying to aim for in my second line and all my offshoot products is to just keep aiming for quality all the time and have less quantity.[/yo_quote]

There’s definitely a lot to be admired in this approach to dressing. After all, we’re always talking about how in the REAL world, most people DO wear their clothes many times over rather than buying something new every day of the week. A few well-made basics can be far more useful than an endless parade of fast-fashion – and at least you won’t look back on your outfits in a few years time and wonder what on earth you were thinking, either.

Vivienne Westwood in an orange top

Vivienne Westwood: thinks you can have too many clothes, unless they’re hers, in which case that’s fine.

But is it really possible to have too many clothes?

Not according to Matthew Williamson, patron saint of shopaholics everywhere. Asked if he thinks it’s possible for a woman to have too many clothes, Williamson answered, “Of course not.” And on the question of the Duchess of Cambridge, and her alleged shopping problem, he had this to say:

[yo_quote author=”Matthew Williamson”]She has a lot to do doesn’t she? So she needs a good wardrobe.[/yo_quote]

Well, quite.

As for The Fashion Police, well, we have a foot on each side of the fence with this one. We agree with Vivienne Westwood’s idea that it’s a good idea to go for quality over quantity. At the same time, though… we love clothes. It’s not always possible or desirable  to save for months just for one item (even if it WILL last for years…); for those who count fashion as a hobby, there’s joy to be found in a well-stocked closet, and sometimes a quick fix is exactly what you need. Fashion is, after all, fun: we don’t think it’s a crime to enjoy it. Or not ALL the time, anyway. The fact is, though, that as much as we’d love to side with Matthew Williamson and declare there’s no such thing as “too many clothes”, we think there definitely are situations in which it’s possible to have too many clothes: and now we want YOU to tell us what you think those situations are.

Matthew Williamson's clothes are frequently worn by Kate Middleton

Matthew Williamson: has no particular reason to defend Kate Middleton, other than that she frequently wears his clothes

Do you think it’s possible to have too many clothes? How do you know when you’ve reached that stage? And what about Kate Middleton?

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