We hear a lot about "fast fashion" -- the clothing found in shops like Forever 21 and H&M that cycle through the stores every 2 weeks, creating a never-quenched thirst in those who want to keep up with the latest looks.
I am not one of those people. By any means. Several months ago, I pared my clothes down to a reasonable capsule wardrobe, but for awhile now, I have been wondering if things could be simplified further. So, I'm flipping fast fashion and going instead for a "fashion fast." It will be an interesting experiment. And this blog post is to keep me honest!
My rules: Same basic uniform, 10 days in a row.
My uniform: Long black cotton t-shirt, blue jean leggings, brown-on-brown Sperry duck boots, and an open oatmeal sweater. (Or a sweatshirt to replace the sweater when I'm hanging at home.)
To back things up a bit, it's said that all the small choices we make each day can lead to "decision fatigue," leaving us stressed, tired and less alert when the big decisions need to be made. Mark Zuckerberg and Barack Obama are well-known examples of people who adopted signature uniforms to simplify their mornings. Not that my daily decisions in any way mirror theirs, but if these powerful individuals don't give a damn about keeping up with fashion, maybe they're on to something.
Also, I feel like if I find one outfit I feel comfortable and put-together in, I should just stop while I'm ahead.
There's also a lot more circling my mind here: I don't really want to spend my time and money shopping; I can't keep up with what's "in"; I question the amount of time and energy women versus men put into clothes for the sake of looking "stylish," and, oh yeah -- our collective fashion habits are kind of killing our planet.
Yes, this experiment definitely comes from a place of privilege -- I mainly work from home and don't need to dress beyond casual most days of my life. My jobs as a freelance writer and a mom don't require me to impress people with impeccable fashion and perfect accessories. However, I think people in more professional settings could pull off the uniform look, too. The question is, do they want to. Do you?
With Day 1 in the bag and nine days to go, I'm interested to see how this goes. Will anyone (who doesn't read this) notice? Will it be depressing to wear the same thing every day? Will my clothes just fall apart in a couple weeks? Will my neighbors start to question my well-being? Will I want to continue this on Day 11? And my biggest question of all: How long will it take my clothes-obsessed,very observant seven-year-old to say, "Mommy, can't you wear something else?"