August 7-September 5, 2016
Why did I wear 1 dress for 1 month?
As someone who has had difficulty feeling like they fit in, I’ve been obsessed with figuring out my own identity through fashion. The logistics of the project appealed to me because it allowed me to select an outfit to represent myself for a month and have the ability to make micro adjustments to fine tune my style.
Before starting the project I:
Am I still wearing the dress?
Yes, at least at work. On what would have been "Day 31" I went to work in black high waisted slacks, a fitted orange shirt, and a crushed velvet belt with small gold leaf details.
I wanted to go to work after the project in "normal clothes" at least once so I could get a better perspective on what this project had done to me.
The morning of "Day 31" was surprisingly difficult for me. I was excited to wear pants, but I also had a sense of fear that my outfit wasn't "professional enough" - which was something I didn't have to worry about with my black dress. About an hour into the work day, a co-worker told me that I looked different and then commented that it was because I wasn't wearing black.
Should you do this project?
Maybe...here's what I think:
Before starting this project, I wanted to know the answers to the following questions:
I would not recommend doing this project if your goal is to de-clutter your wardrobe. My guess would be that it would be too big of a shock and that you would be counting down the days until you could get back to your normal wardrobe.
At the time that I started this project, I had already gone through the following:
If you're REALLY going to transition to a minimal wardrobe AND be happy with it - you have to pivot your beliefs and then pivot your behaviors. Meaning that you can't just change a behavior (e.g. go from wearing a different outfit everyday to wearing the same one everyday)
I've noticed a lot of posts encourage hopeful minimalists to go through de-cluttering exercises and while I do think they provide a buzz from a sense of accomplishment (look how much free space I have in my closet I have!) the results are often only short term. At least in my experience, it wasn't until I changed my beliefs about clothes that I was able to be happy with less.
If you do the project, I would love if you used #1dress1month or #1outfit1month so I can see how it goes!
Thank you to everyone who followed along on my journey! Your words of encouragement and support mean so much.