"That recognizable piece can definitely become your signature," Joanna Hillman, style director of Harper's Bazaar says, "If you love it and wear it well and often, it becomes your classic."
Leandra Medine, founder of ManRepeller.com finds the thought of attaching clothing to a season as passé. "I am profoundly pro [wearing last season's wares]—an evangelist of building a wardrobe that is not treated like the fresh produce aisle in a supermarket. Clothes are supposed to be treated like a non-perishable good," the New Yorker explains. "In fact I'm more inclined to wear pieces indicative of a season past its season."
Retailer Elyse Walker, founder of FWRD.com and its brick and mortar boutique in California, has a vested interest in the "turnover your wardrobe every season" route, but instead opts for pieces with staying-power. "Almost every single leather jacket I own, from Rick Owens to Acne, is a past season favorite," Walker explains, "These pieces just look better and better when they're a little aged and worn in. I carry any bags by Balenciaga and runway shoes from Saint Laurent through from one season to the next."
At a time when bloggers rule and personal style is king, wearing pieces past their supposed "sell by" date isn't only acceptable, according to Walker, it's preferable. "I actually think it's very cool. The reason why you invest in a runway piece is because of its longevity…You tend to see the influence of key pieces on the runway for the next season or two, and then five or ten years later you can pull them out of your wardrobe and still wear them."
The best part? "You never have to worry about showing up somewhere and facing that 'oh no!' scenario when someone else is wearing the same thing as you," Walker says, "The likelihood of anyone repurposing an 'it' piece from the runway at the exact same time as you is minimal."
So what do you think? Is wearing last season items the new cool?