A couple of years ago, I decided to wear the same outfit all of the time. I realized that shopping, and then deciding what to wear every day, was taking up too much time and energy. It’s not that I dislike fashion: I love high couture, but I’m no Daphne Guinness; I enjoy fashion as an art form, but that’s about it. I am, on the other hand, a UX designer, and I like designing experience for a goal.
So, first, my goal: find an everyday no-thought-required outfit reusable for most any occasion (with minor modifications) that is cheap, easy to replace, made of a breathable, stretchable material, and doesn’t look particularly trendy or easily dated. Oh, and I need to be able to ride a bike in it. Oh, and I hate having extra stuff around that I don’t need or wear, and I hate spending money on clothes, so everything should affordable, minimalist, and as long-lasting as possible. And it should look cool. No big deal.
When I became conscience of fashion, or dressing nicely or, fuck, wearing clothes that just fit me properly, I realized that I had to throw away most of my wardrobe, but wasn’t quite sure where to go from there. I ended up going to the store and buying black in bulk. Everything was black, because everybody can look good in it. I was pretty pleased with myself. After a while, I started getting the hang of it and began introducing specific pieces with colors or prints that could accent the blackness, and now I have a pretty decent closet with a limited number of items that I can mix and match without much effort.
I still wear a lot of black now, but I could never go back to the all-black. It feels too much like pajamas.