Jessica Alba took a dress that her elder daughter Honor Warren wore and put it on her younger daughter, Haven. (See it here.)
I’ll give you a second to process this. Hand me downs!? WHAT! Sacrilege.
In actuality people were like, “Wow. That Jessica Alba is just like us.”
I like Jessica Alba. You know, as much as you can like a person you’ve never met. She seems to Mom pretty well, and started an eco-friendly line of baby goods, which makes me think that she cares about stuff like that. She could have started a line of bedazzled onesies or – I don’t know – baby bottles that hum One Direction tunes, but instead she went another route, and I have no problem publicly golf clapping that. (clap, clap)
Here’s what makes me squirmy: DOES THIS MEAN OTHER CELEBRITIES DON’T DO THIS?
Other celebrities don’t say, “Hey, look! Squirrel outgrew this dress and it’s in perfect condition. Paparazzi be damned, I’ll put this on my younger daughter, Corkboard.” (I don’t know any kids named Squirrel or Corkboard, and I’m definitely not making fun of any celebrity names, because.. let’s be honest.. my eldest daughter’s name is Remmy, which is the same name as the chef mouse in Ratatouille, so…no judging from me.)
I get the celebrity lifestyle. Go ahead pour out that Cristal and drive around in the other-other Benz (Kanye, I’m looking at you), but for the love of all things holy, hand down that outfit, would you?
I’m not exempt from feeling weird about recycling an outfit. If I wear a dress to a wedding, I fight feelings of apprehension about wearing it to the next wedding. Why? FACEBOOK. All of the photos are on Facebook, and I shouldn’t care that I’m tagged in a photo wearing a dress while doing the Roger Rabbit on the dance floor and then again at another wedding looking haughty while a bride shoves a slice of cake into a groom’s face, but I do. Oh, I do.
And stop yourself before you say “Oh, just change up the accessories!” Sorry, Cosmo, it fools no one.
THAT’S LIKE A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT OUTFIT; YER A WIZARD, HARRY!
Okay, that weirdness aside, the take-away you should be getting is not that I’m vain, but that outfit recycling and hand-me-downs are all good things, and Jessica Alba should not be a freakin’ anomaly in all of this. (Get down, J.A., go ahead, get down.)
I have three (3) daughters, and hand-me-downs are just how we do. Remmy gets a shirt, then Sophie gets that shirt, then Minnie gets that shirt. (See? I told you my kids’ names were weird.) And I hope one day that we’re all the same size so my wardrobe quadruples.
JK, but seriously, do you have outfit-recycling angst? Has Facebook ruined your life in this way?