As an experiment last week (or out of sheer laziness) I wore the same pair of pants 3 days in a row. And do you know what happened? Well, nothing. No one noticed.
Now, these were a pair of fairly nondescript black ponte “skinny” pants so it’s not like I wore my prom dress for 3 days and was ignored. Far from it. I changed my boots all 3 days (and my underwear!) (and showered) and I changed my cardigan outer layer. I might have worn the same black tank twice (it was a week ago, I can’t remember that far back). I know I work the same pair of earrings because I wore them every day last week. No one said anything about that either. In fact, no one ever really says anything about what I wear. Is that good or bad???
What I am trying to get at is that no one really seems to care what you wear! As long as you are clean and appropriately covered, this doesn’t have to be so hard. Have a favorite pair of pants that always look good? Why not wear them all week? Or get another pair in a different color and switch off. With all the other decisions we have to make all ever loving day long, why should we have to stress about what to wear?
Having a uniform of sorts has certainly helped me come to this way of thinking. My uniform is basically, a cardigan, a sleeveless top and pants. The pants are most often black. On my days off, it’s usually jeans. I rarely wear skirts and only occasionally dresses. For me it’s a matter of dignity: you never know when I will end up on the floor. I’m a klutz. Trust me. Ask my husband. It’s risky.
So if my black pants are the SAME black pants everyday, no one is going to notice. This is where it pays to be slightly boring with your basic clothing choices. You could do the same with wearing the same cardigan everyday. If you have a set palette for your wardrobe, this could be a real possibility. A black cardigan goes with EVERYTHING. I tend to wear black pants and black tanks so I change it up a little with a different cardigan. But really who cares? You could probably wear the same damn thing every single day and no one would really be offended. Medical people do it all the time. I’ve read that a lot of CEO-types do too (looking at you, Mark Zuckerberg). My doctor friend always seems to be wearing blue scrubs. I’m pretty sure they are a new clean pair every day because, you know, germs, but they LOOK the same. Since he’s a doctor no one bats an eye. It fits. And honestly anyone who is sitting around judging your outfit everyday really needs a hobby. Or to WORK. (Ignore this if you work in the fashion industry)
This week I picked a different albeit similar pair of pants and I intend to wear them every day I work. I’m willing to bet that no one will notice. And if they do? No problem, it’s my last week at my current job 😉