7 days of wear

Last week I decided I was going to experiment by wearing 1 set of clothes for 7 consecutive days.

Some of the questions I was asking were:

Is 1 outfit as a personal uniform for daily wear more beneficial than a variety?

What changes when you wear the same clothes for 7 days straight?

What conversations come up around this kind of wearing?

How does this change what I think about a personal uniform?

I chose to wear my black slacks, black window-pane collard shirt, and black wool crew neck sweater. All 3 of these offered both comfort for sitting long hours at my desk or standing and moving around, flexibility between settings and certain level of visual interest.

So what did I find out?
I found that it was 9/10 easy to wear this. Maybe in part due to that I have been practicing a level of constraint for 1.5 months.
Except on Day 4 and Day 7.
On Day 4, I felt a flinch of feeling”bored” by it. Visually and physically I wanted to wear my dad-jeans. It might also be tied to the fact that I spent the previous 2 days out of the city, staying with family to get away, and I wanted to make a distinction or transition back and would normally do this through my clothing and dress.
On Day 6 and Day 7 I was at a workshop all day long with the same people. I didn’t mind really that they saw me in the exact same thing, although it did come to mind. Also, it was my last day of wearing it, so I did feel an impulse of rebellion. Spending two full days in a row with people, there’s an energy shift that happens between the days, and changing clothes is a tool to make that distinction.

Washing, washing, washing!
I washed the valleys (pits and crotch) of my garments every night. The garment material was fairly light and quick drying, but because of my long days with school, I was washing my garments at 11pm and putting them on to wear at 7am, resulting in damp clothes. I used my blow dryer in the mornings to heat them up a little bit.

Going back to the questions I was asking:

Is 1 outfit as a personal uniform for daily wear more beneficial than a variety?

Yes and no. 5 out of 7 days I was perfectly fine, but 2 of those days I was resistant. The conventional 5-day work week personal uniform would be an easy system to adapt your personal uniform, leaving your weekends for variety. Although, I believe there’s room for alternative systems depending on the type of work you do and where a PU4DW is most beneficial for wear.

What changes when you wear the same clothes for 7 days straight?

You lose interest in your clothing. It felt somewhat restrictive when I wanted to physically change to help my mind adapt head-spaces.

What conversations come up around this kind of wearing?

I had a conversation with a family member who asked “why?” as in, why would I do this, what is the point, etc. When you’re an explorer, blue-sky thinker explaining your reasons can be tricky, but bridging to people through communication is always important, especially to be able to have a level of connectivity.
I didn’t probe too much for conversation with others around this, just taking personal stock of my account with it.

How does this change what I think about a personal uniform?

I could definitely do with less than 15 items. I knew that before, but I especially know that now. The 15 is a buffer for weather changes and my garment making. I will continue with the 15 for now, and let this new information percolate.

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My 7 Days of Wear Personal Uniform for Daily Wear.

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One Comment Add yours

  1. Shelagh Fitzgerald says:

    Fascinating!!

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