I thought I'd check in with myself + answer a few of the questions I'd have had about wearing the same thing every day...before I did it. :)
Do I get tired of wearing the same thing every day?
Not really. There are times that I think I'd like to have some different things to wear, but I don't think I've actually felt that way as I'm getting dressed for the day. Whenever I've worn something else...like a button-up or a sweatshirt...I find out why it that piece doesn't work as well as my regulars. A sweatshirt is usually too hot + a button-up gets in my way. I wore different shoes one day + immediately stained them with coffee. On the other hand, this outfit just works.
Do my coworkers notice that I wear the same thing every day?
I don't know...maybe. They most often wear some version of this uniform too...though they probably have more of each item.
How are my clothes holding up?
I spend most of my time on my feet, dragging 150 lb sacks of green coffee, carrying the chaff bucket out to the dumpster, lifting + pouring + bagging + shipping coffee beans. My clothes have to work hard + get dirty + sweaty too. I not only wear these shoes to work, but work out in them too. They've logged a lot of miles this year. Everything has held up very well.
What are the benefits of wearing the same thing every day?
There are so many!
- No decisions to make in the morning. I wear the same jeans for a week (or two) + grab the next tee on the stack...clean socks (they're all the same) + same shoes + my watch. Done.
- No urge to shop. I have everything I need + I know it.
- If my weight changed (which it had at the beginning of last year), I know that all I'd need is a different pair of jeans.
- There isn't much to take care of. At the end of the work day, I fold up the jeans + lay my watch on top...ready for tomorrow.
- Less expensive than always adding to the collection.
Will you do it for another year?
Quite possibly, yes! Maybe I'll find the perfect pair of overalls or start wearing my olive pants to work (I'd like them with a different pair of shoes). I'm not looking to make a change...but I haven't really made a commitment to only wearing this uniform either. It just kinda worked out that way...and it does work.
Do you wear a sort of uniform to work? I'd love to hear.