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.
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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!
I was inspired by a goal that Elise Joy (goal-setter extraordinaire) set for herself for 2020: "Get dressed (in an outfit I feel good in) every day."
In Bangladesh, there are some cultural “rules” about what to wear that is appropriate. This amounts, basically, to covering your curves: two layers over your chest and rear. When I was there for a week, I essentially wore the same thing every day (a long, plain navy, cotton tunic, as well as a scarf). That had its own benefits (the ease of a "uniform"!), but I was also thrilled to come home and wear what I wanted to again.
But, with the freedom to wear whatever I wanted, the question came: what did I want to wear?
One subject I find really interesting is learning some behind-the-scenes of business and marketing. I've written before about how online brands use email subscriptions, discounts, and scarcity tactics to sell and grow. Some elements can be manipulative, but overall, I am just fascinated by how all of these hidden intricacies work.
In e-commerce businesses (retail stores that are all online) like mine, it is common to grow for the sake of growing. More sales, more staff, more products… isn’t that the definition of success?
Listen, I know that there are book lists for DAYS out there. This is another one, and I'm not pretending otherwise! It is completely biased and based on nothing other than what I have read recently. I love to read, I love to receive recommendations, and I love to share the books that I've enjoyed with others.
Every one of these books is my recommendation to YOU, but there are also ideas of other people in your life who might enjoy them. 😉 Comment below or fire me an email with your own best, recent reads!