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March 15, 2018


One of the best ways to be thrifty is to repurpose and reuse your old clothes. So, of course, I have to write about the two actresses who made being “thrifty” look cool and at Hollywood’s biggest night.

The first is Rita Moreno, who is already an Academy Award winner. She won best supporting actress in 1962 for her role as “Anita” in the all-time favorite classic, West Side Story. She is also an Emmy, Grammy and Tony winner.

The dress she wore to this year’s Oscars was the same dress she wore when she won in 1962. The original top was updated from a halter to a bustier with a lace closure but the fabulous printed skirt, made from fabric used for Japanese kimonos, and the gloves were kept the same.

Her answer to why she decided to recycle her dress, her reply was “Oh my, God! Of course! I have to wear my gown. It’s been sitting in my closet for 56 years! It’s a historic occasion, it’s a historic dress! I’m so proud that I can wear the damn thing.”

What makes this even sweeter for us Filipinos is that the original gown was made by the Fashion Czar of Asia, our very own, Pitoy Moreno, who passed away January this year.

The second is break out star, Tiffany Haddish. She became a household name in 2017 after her movie, Girls Trip, with Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah. Since then she’s had her own comedy special, became the first black female stand-up comedian to host SNL, and a best selling author for her memoir “The Last Black Unicorn”.

She wore a white Alexander McQueen gown with a pair of slip on Uggs when she went out on stage to present an award with Maya Rudolph. She has worn the same dress to other occasions prior to the Oscars including the premier for Girls Trip and when she hosted SNL.

Asked why she chooses to wear the same over and over again, she says “I spent a lot of money on this dress! This dress cost way more than my mortgage. It’s an Alexander McQueen, it’s a $4,000 dress… I’m gonna wear this dress multiple times…”

So next time you have second thoughts about using an old outfit, just take it from these gals – it’s ok to to reuse and repurpose whatever you have in your closet. And if you’re worried about what people are going to say just remember Tiffany’s wise words – “I don’t give a dang about no taboo”.

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