As I began hearing and reading more about capsule wardrobes, another concept came up: not just wearing a limited range of clothing, but wearing the exact same thing every day.
I wore a uniform in high school, so for me, it wasn’t a huge leap to envision the advantages of this. Obviously, there is the mental barrier of back then, someone made me do this, and now people are choosing to? But, there was and always will be more ease and simplicity when the what-to-wear question is taken out of the equation.
I first read this article when it circled around on facebook; it’s now been shared over 120K times. Matilda Kahl, a woman art director at a large advertising agency in NYC, basically got tired of sweating over her sartorial choices in the morning ("Is this too formal? Is that too out there? Is this dress too short?"). To simplify her morning struggle, and even the playing field with her suit-wearing colleagues, she adopted a “work uniform”: a silk white shirt, black trousers, and a black leather rosette around her neck. She’s been wearing it now daily for about 4 years.
Photo: Business Insider
She likened the simplification to setting up a bill for online auto-pay – doesn’t it feel good to have one less thing to deal with every month?
When you put it that way, I can agree: one less thing to worry about! But, I admit, when I first heard the concept defended like this, I thought it was absolutely laughable. “Free up your mind,” they said, “you can save your focus and creativity for your work, or for more valuable pursuits!”
Yes, I am sure that not having to choose my clothes each day would free up a tiny part of my brain. Unfortunately, the rest of my brain is clogged up with other minor considerations like “how to raise 3 human beings to be kind, considerate, hard-working, grateful, and generous members of society.”
Let me tell you, my daily clothing choice is a drop. in. the. bucket, folks!
But, maybe Matilda is onto something? Have you ever tried this? Do you think it makes sense or would impact the effectiveness or freedom of your day? Or, do you love choosing your clothes and you would miss it? Weigh in with your comments below!
This season for dignify has challenged us with waiting. Blankets have been leaving our hands at the fastest pace ever (yay!) and we are trying to simply keep up. Add extra inconveniences & delays (from COVID, from customs checks, and more), and we have been really exercising our muscles in patience, trust, and gratitude.
Culturally, we are in a stage of waiting, as well. Waiting for vaccine rollout. Waiting for "normal" opportunities to return, for "normal" life to resume in our cities, our nations.
Looking back at some photos from last Christmas, I came across this screenshot from my phone that really made me laugh:
My husband was dropping off our parcels recently, and a woman working in our shipper's office said, "I was looking at your site, and I think I might buy some of these blankets this year as gifts; I'm mostly shopping online." Another employee chimed in, "I'm going to do all of my shopping online, too."
That evening, he went with our kids to the mall to pick something up (masked, natch), and as he surveyed the hallways — with some permanently closed stores, some shuttered from lack of employees, etc. — Wayne's thought was, "I think I need to do all my shopping at the mall!"