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In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rey can be seen wearing the same outfit wherever she goes. She wears it on a desert planet: enter image description here

On an ice planet: enter image description here

On a jungle planet:

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Why is this? Shouldn't different environments require different clothes?

Why does Rey wear the same outfit in different environments?

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Because she's an impoverished scavenger with almost nothing to her name, and she left her home planet - and her wardrobe - behind, suddenly and unexpectedly. She spent a couple of days with Finn and Han and Chewie, then she was imprisoned, then she broke out of prison. Finally, she left to find Luke. At no point did she have the opportunity to get her clothes from Jakku. – Wad Cheber Jan 15 at 5:50
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Rey wears new clothes at the end of TFA: google.com/… – RedCaio Jan 15 at 7:23
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Tatooine fashion has always been a hit. – David Banner Jan 15 at 7:54
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Finn is wearing the same thing in two of these shots also. – Etan Reisner Jan 15 at 14:20
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@WadCheber So that’s why she was so eager to go back to Jakku all the time! – Janus Bahs Jacquet Jan 15 at 18:06
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I'm not aware of an explicit answer in the movie or the novelization, but it seems pretty self explanatory to me:

  1. Rey is an orphaned, impoverished scavenger who lives a hand to mouth existence. She probably doesn't have many clothes to begin with.

  2. She leaves her home on Jakku suddenly and unexpectedly, and doesn't have a chance to pack a change of clothes. In fact, as far as I can recall, she leaves with nothing but the clothes on her back and her staff.

  3. She hangs out with Finn, gets swept up with Han and Chewbacca, and goes to Takodana with them.

  4. She is captured by Kylo Ren and held prisoner for a while.

  5. She breaks out of her holding cell, fights Kylo, and escapes to the Resistance base.

  6. She is asked to go find Luke, and sets out to do so pretty quickly. Here, she is finally wearing a different outfit. This is to be expected, because she has finally had some free time to get new clothes and put them on.

So she might have owned only one outfit in the first place, she didn't have a chance to buy or find more clothes until after she returned from the Starkiller base, and she had had other things on her mind the whole time until then.

On a side note, Han wears his white shirt, black vest, and striped blue pants throughout much of Episode IV, and Chewbacca hasn't changed his clothes (i.e., his bandolier and messenger bag) since the Clone Wars, so Rey's failure to change her outfit isn't particularly unusual... And Vader and the Emperor have been wearing the same thing since the end of episode III. Come to think of it, the Jedi wore the same robes every day for as long as they lived. I guess the galaxy far, far away has some very advanced deodorant.

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Rey is wearing a new set of clothes when she heads off to the ocean planet to find Luke. This backs up the rest of your answer, since clearly she did change her outfit as soon as circumstances allowed. She also borrows the Finn/Poe jacket for a short time while on Starkiller Base. (In the scene where Rey and Finn climb the ladder up the side of the thermal regulator building.) – Renegade Princess Jan 15 at 6:21
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Yoda: Let's put it on. Obi-Wan: Put what on? Yoda: The last robe you'll ever wear. – Ghanima Jan 15 at 9:58
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Han did get a new jacket, at least. Allegedly. – anaximander Jan 15 at 11:52
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*Yoda: "Put it on let us." – IG_42 Jan 15 at 18:08
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For those who don't get the reference or are having trouble placing it, @Ghanima is referencing this scene from Men In Black (1997). – Lilienthal Jan 15 at 18:47

The canon answer (offered by the Force Awakens: Visual Dictionary) is that Rey was simply too busy saving the whole.damn.galaxy to think about changing her outfit. When she arrives at the Starkiller Base she briefly borrows Finn's jacket (seen in the deleted scene pictured below) but just shrugs off the discomfort in order to get on with her mission.

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Then, when she gets a few minutes to spare, she changes her outfit (and hopefully has a shower) before meeting Luke.

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Even with the new outfit she clearly couldn't afford one with sleeves and still has to wrap cloth bandages around her arms... – BMWurm Jan 15 at 18:25
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@BMWurm - After a lifetime of wearing something similar, she probably wouldn't feel dressed without them. – Valorum Jan 15 at 18:30
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The exposed upperarm/shoulder is actually seen in a number of outfits, most notably Padme's. Given Padme's wealth and social standing, seems likely this is a fashionable look in the galaxy. Even ~50 years on, I wouldn't be surprised to see it, especially with the revitalization of the republic encouraging "retro" styles. – ench Jan 15 at 18:31
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Perhaps the stench is why neither of them could bring themselves to harness the power of speech. – Lightness Races in Orbit Jan 15 at 18:32
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The wraps are to stabilize the joints for fighting. You don't need them on your shoulders. That would just inhibit your movement. – Kit Z. Fox Jan 15 at 18:33

I'm coming late to the party here, but there's one fact everyone else seems to have overlooked:

deserts can be freezing cold at night.

From Wikipedia (emphasis mine):

Some desert locations consistently experience very high temperatures all year long, even during wintertime. These locations feature some of the highest annual average temperatures recorded on Earth, averages which can exceed 30 °C (86 °F). This last feature is seen in some parts of deserts of Africa and Arabia. During colder periods of the year, night-time temperatures can drop to freezing or below due to the exceptional radiation loss under the clear skies.

So the clothing Rey is used to wearing on a desert planet should be such that she can cope with wearing it both in conditions of extreme heat and in those of extreme cold. It makes sense that such a versatile garment would also do her just fine on an ice planet and even perhaps a jungle planet (although humidity is the one thing desert garb might not be able to take).

Also, as pointed out by other users, she's tough and isn't going to let a little thing like uncomfortable temperatures get in her way. This is a particularly good argument because she's already used to cold temperatures from the desert nights. Plus she doesn't seem the type of woman to be worrying about her dress all the time - she just uses whatever clothes she has and gets on with it.

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Here is what TVTropes has to offer:

Limited Wardrobe: The character always wears the same outfit, regardless of the setting or season.

[...]

This trope is especially prevalent in shows with heavy merchandising tie-ins, where it is considered important to maximize the resemblance between the characters and their action figure counterparts.

And I guess the Star Wars saga fits the category well.

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