What would your life be like if you wore the same thing all the time?
A lot of characters in books and TV do it.
I’ve been watching the Netflix show BoJack Horseman, and the characters are consistently wearing the same outfit. Sometimes they change it up for a minute, but they always go back to their standard ensemble. I think about this a lot.
There’s a woman in New York who created a uniform for herself, and she wears copies of it every day. Obama admits that he essentially wears only a grey suit or a blue suit. I’ve also been watching the hilarious web comedy Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, and Jerry seems to have a uniform pretty down pat: jeans, funky athletic shoes, dress shirt, and a blazer. I have not seen him significantly deviate from that formula.
With all of this in mind I’m compelled to ask, what would my uniform look like? Lately: Jeans, dark top, scarf, and jacket or cardigan. But sometimes: dress with blazer. Or sweater with burgundy or forest green pants. For someone with a capsule wardrobe, I actually change my look quite a bit. I’m not sure the “one look” iconic outfit is for me. Would you try it? Are you already doing it? What would your uniform look like?
If you were to ask me to think of times when my mother has looked most beautiful, I would tell you quite easily:
- My wedding day
- Her 30th anniversary
I have these two days in mind not because she was wearing fancy clothes or perfect make-up. Nope, she looked lovely but not so different than normal. The reason these days stand out is because she was radiating happiness. Her smile lit up her face, and she was positively glowing with good feelings.
Ask yourself this question about the people in your life. When do they look beautiful to you? I think part of style and fashion goes beyond what we wear.
Reality check from George Carlin:
‘Trying to be happy by accumulating possessions is like trying to satisfy hunger by taping sandwiches all over your body.’
Fashion is fun. We can express our individuality and play with different looks. But always remember that the surface is just one layer of what you’re expressing to the world.
Feel good, look good. It’s as simple as that.
My husband is not a minimalist, and he really lets his laundry pile up. When he is finally forced to wash his clothing, he ends up having to do four loads! It takes 30 min. for a wash and 1 hour for a dryer cycle: that’s 6 hours if he wants to finish it all in one go! INSANE!
Alternatively, he could be a little more like me, and keep a minimalist/capsule wardrobe. I do not have enough pairs of socks and underwear to last more than a week and a half. I am forced to do my laundry, and it is always just one load. It is amazing.
People often talk about the perks of a capsule wardrobe:
- Save money (buy less clothing)
- Save time (less decisions to make)
- Save space (less clutter)
But they don’t always highlight what a dream it is to do small loads of laundry as opposed to four colossal loads. I love having a capsule wardrobe and I will never go back to having piles of options. It simply is not for me.
My last job was in a downtown shopping mall. The lunch hour would bring in parades of gorgeous people who had escaped their high-powered jobs for a few minutes of blissful shopping. They looked great, and very done. Hair done, nails done, make-up done. Even the men looked perfectly coiffed.
Now, I work at a non-profit in a small town. The attitude towards dress and style could not be any more different. People are dressed for comfort, designer labels are simply not seen, and everyone has a more natural look about them. Less make-up, less hair dye, and less keeping-up-with-the-Joneses. It’s a very refreshing change.
When I worked at the mall, I’d delight in wearing statement necklaces and bold lipstick. It was fun! And I do still enjoy dressing up. But my style is adapting to my new environment, and I’m finding that I’m wearing MUCH less make-up.
What I used to wear:
- Under-eye concealer
- Cover-up with SPF
- Pencil eyeliner (bottom lash line)
- Liquid eyeliner (upper lash line)
What I wear now:
- Tinted lip balm or very neutral lipstick
- [Upper lash line eyeliner if I’m feeling fancy]
- [Neutral eyeshadow if I’m feeling REALLY fancy]
I am saving time each morning, and developing more confidence in how I look without make-up. TRUST ME, if people are used to seeing you in “full make-up” all the time, the one day you go clean-faced you may be asked if you’re feeling ok. It’s a sad truth, but who can blame people?
I’ll admit – I used to agree with the infamous quote: “There are no ugly women, only lazy ones.” (Helena Rubinstein) But I now see less make-up as a sign of confidence and self-acceptance. I’m really enjoying this make-under. It’s definitely a good way to love your natural self, spend less money on make-up, and have more room in your make-up bag.
What about you? Do you wear a lot of make-up, or a little? None? Comment below!
Some link love for ya today:
I simply adore The Gypsy Love Blog: Facing my shopping addiction one post at a time.
I have no idea why it’s called that “The Gypsy Love Blog”. But it’s great. What an honest and revealing account of a shopping addiction. I’ve enjoyed following her journey and I feel like by paying witness to her progression, it’s like I’m showing support and helping her face new challenges. Or maybe I’m just spying. Either way, definitely check out the blog.
I’m 5’9″ with a long torso. I need a very specific type of jeans in order to feel happy. And they need a good amount of stretch or my calves will cry out in pain. Finally, (thanks to my fashion consultant), I found a style that works for me:
The 721 High-Rise Skinny. Yay Levi’s! I hope I can just keep buying this style for years to come because it sucks to keep getting it wrong. And of course you only find out after you’ve bought them.
But I digress. The point is, I got two pairs (a black and a dark blue) for only $100 total because I went to an outlet. I strongly recommend going to a Levi’s outlet if you’re trying these, because they often have a “buy two for $100 deal”. Woohoo!