The Wardrobe I Never Wanted (I Thought)
In my teen years, all through the 90’s, I loved every color of the rainbow involved in my wardrobe. My go-to outfit was a whatever graphic t-shirt that smelled clean, overalls, and platformed rainbow Converse. My Mom would lose her mind almost everytime I walked out the house, especially on my camouflage days with red cowboy boots. “Your father and I work too hard for you to walk out the house looking like that!” I would just chuckle and grab my bright orange hunting coat and walk out the house. I just knew when I grew up I would have the freedom to wear all the colors and mismatch fabrics that wanted without hearing any pushback. And I fully attended to do just that!
Well, now 20 years later, my wardrobe is simple with black, grey, white and denim as the majority of my side of the closet. I might have a few teal items for working out, a yellow cardigan, and a purple sweater for the holiday ugly sweater parties that I just can not give up, but I only have purchased clothes since 2016 that fit in that very limited 4 color stipulation. The morning routine is so easy now, I literally just put my arm in the closet and grab a top with a bottom and it will match no matter what. Even my dress up clothes can be mixed and matched with the casual items. Having one signature uniform is a little too much for me, but having that signature look has made a difference. Time is saved in the mornings, less money is spent on new clothing, we have more space in the closet, and the pressure of what to wear is out the window.
Going to a predictable wardrobe reduce decisions I have to make on daily bases. Some of the most successful people go to a “uniform” for daily wear, some even eat the same meals to reserve their energy to make more important decisions. A few examples of successful people that have practiced “clothing simplicity” is Steve Jobs, Barak Obama, and Albert Einstein. At almost 40, I get it, now. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Obama explains why he only wears gray or blue suits: “I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.” My other favorite quote is from a woman named Amy Zink, Vice President at the Terra Foundation for American Art. Zinck reveals that the secret to her success has been wearing the same outfit to work every day. She told the Chicago Tribune: “Mirrors are not part of my life. If you’re worried about what you’re wearing, you’re not very present. When you have a uniform, anything you do that deviates [from that], you feel like you’ve walked off the runway because everyone makes so many comments on it. It is freeing. This is what I feel comfortable in, this is who I am.”
Only if I could figure out this hair thing…
What is your signature look?