In recent news, Australian television has becomeÂ the battleground of a sartorial gender battle. Over the last few days, the media and its online community have surrounded breakfast show host and Huffington Post editor-at-large Lisa Wilkinsonâ€™s outfit.Â Nope, not her journalistic achievements, but a maroon and floral cut-out ensemble that she dared to wear twice overÂ four months. Yes, Lisa made headlines asÂ an #OutfitRepeater.
This is not the first time a Channel 9 anchorâ€™s clothing has served as a socio-political statement. Casting our minds back to 2014, Karl Stefanovic â€“ arguably one of Australiaâ€™s most prominent news figures â€“ wore the same bright blue suit for an entire year, on screen, and no-one noticed. The anchor did soÂ as a form of protest after growing tired of the criticism co-host Lisa Wilkinson copped for her threads on a regular basis.
And the last few days have proven nothingâ€™s really changed. Originally reported by the Daily Mail, Lisa was quick to retort on social media:
She has also responded in an article for Huffington Post, “from this day forward, perhaps my greatest legacy to the annals of female news broadcasting history will likely be that I dared to wear the same outfit two days in a row on national TV.”
But itâ€™s not just women in the public eye who feel the pressure to dress in order to impress. In an article written for Harperâ€™s Bazaar US, former Saatchi & Saatchi art director Matilda Kahl wrote about her decision to wear the same outfit every day for three years. A decision that came after an anxiety-ridden morning staring at her wardrobe (sound familiar?), which meant she entered an important meeting, late and unprepared. Her solution? A work uniform: 15 white silk shirts, a few black trousers, and a black leather rosette for added flare, as a bid to take the wheel back against the pressure she felt to look a certain way.
It appears there could be a new power-dressing page in the zeitgeist, with Arianna Huffington also using her high-profile to encourage women to stop â€œlabouring under the cotton-silk-rayon-make-up-and-heels ceiling.â€ This led her to launch Thrive Style, an initiative aimed to help women have more time for productivity and creativity by closing the â€˜style gap.â€™ Sheâ€™s also spreading this message through social media, taking selfies of outfits she boldly repeats with a #Repeats tag. â€œI donâ€™t hide my repeats, I celebrate them. When Iâ€™m getting ready for an event, I donâ€™t spend time agonising about what to wear â€“ I pick out one of my frequently worn favourites and call it a day.â€