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entry is cross posted to ello because yeah I'm doing that now.

this article about smart guys who wear the same outfit every day is making the rounds - it brings up Steve Jobs' black shirt, Obama's same suit, Zuckerberg's hoodie, and lead my circles to ask if the same concept could ever work for a successful woman. The men who do this claim it's great to wake up every morning and have one less decision to make.

If you're into celeb news world (I'm not) you'll definitely feel that women are held to a different standard - no one is supposed to wear the same dress to two different events, or even the same dress that someone else has worn.

But that world is not my world, so this year I took on Project 33 - cut all your clothes, shoes, accessories down to 33 items per season. I did it for closet space because my old house was built before people had to go nuts with materialism. But surprisingly it's worked out really well for me, I love it!

I don't wear the same thing every day, but I'd say I only wear 5-10 outfits in a rotation at any given time. My closet is 3 ft wide but I've got room for my clothes, plus a few inches for hangars to move around. I don't spend much time wondering what to wear because the outfits I'm down to are the ones I love. I don't feel guilty about repeats, because making myself scale down made me realize that nobody really notices or cares.

I do work in engineering, which makes a difference. People tend to be more logical, there aren't fashionistas where I work. Even before this project I'd had a pretty successful career despite the fact that I never wear makeup at all. Due to the demands of crawling around on airplanes I don't wear skirts or heels. The true eccentrics insist on wearing only natural fibers in case of some nasty industrial accident involving a fire, I won't go into that here, but natural fibers are a good idea anyway so I pay attention to materials.

I won't speak for every woman but I think we could do this. Or at least wear the same outfit twice.


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Nov. 8th, 2014 05:38 pm (UTC)
I cycle through the same outfits usually in a week or two. But it's mix and match, maybe I'm wearing the top with a skirt instead of pants this week (I'm not crawling in airplanes so I can do that lol) or whatever.

No one ever seems to notice, I think.
Nov. 9th, 2014 03:12 pm (UTC)
That's how I work also -- my closet isn't big enough for much more than that, and I'm not sure I'd want more anyway. I mix and match tops and bottoms. For bottoms, I don't wear the same one two days in a row, but a day in between is enough if they end up clean. Tops I don't wear twice in the same week. No one has commented, except to tell me they "love" this or that shirt.

And I can't be bothered with shoes. Most of the time I just wear my sneakers with everything (yes, even skirts), though I have three pair so that I can color coordinate them.
Nov. 8th, 2014 10:59 pm (UTC)
I wear the same type of outfit everyday- skirt, shirt, sweater. My sweaters are all different styles and colors so I have some variety and I don't look like I'm wearing a uniform, but its really easy to get dressed, do laundry, and get organized.

I'm also amazed people have multiple pairs of shoes and choose their shoes for work! I have black work shoes, exercise sneakers, and sandals. I think I have heels somewhere in a storage box somewhere for interviews! I totally missed the shoe aspect of dressing.
Nov. 9th, 2014 12:24 am (UTC)
I think I stick to about 33 outfits too. I'll have to check my inventory, but I'm pretty sure I don't wear that much stuff.

I wear the same wedding ring, 2 pairs of jeans, 1 jacket, and 2 pairs of shoes to work at least 4 times in a 5-day work week. I think I cycle through 3 sweaters, and 4 shirts with 3 cardigans, as my work staple.

The only people who notice are my students, but most days, it seems it's all that teenage girls focus on. I don't think colleagues, my boss, or parents care at all.

Edited at 2014-11-09 12:26 am (UTC)
Nov. 10th, 2014 02:01 am (UTC)
Project 33 seems very intent in finding a convenient way to take your money, huh?

I was inspired to go through and remove stuff I have been putting aside for 'later' for years now. Photographed it, as suggested by P33 for sentimental items, and what the hell, stuck the decent condition stuff on Craigslist in case it sells. what was the site you used before for selling excess clothes? I don't think I have enough brand name stuff to warrant it, but might as well take a look
Nov. 10th, 2014 10:43 am (UTC)
I have a problem where I forget I've gotten rid of something, and then I wonder where it is... (I reckon about half of my clothes are things that I wear occasionally, to parties and such, because that's the *fun* sort).

I don't think I could wear the same thing every day; I think because I worry that people might assume it is that actual *same item* rather than me owning 5 identical shirts. Plus if I actually had 5 identical shirts I would be sad, because if I need 5 why not have them in all different colours, that's much more fun (I need a new shirt every day, I do laundry twice a week, laundry takes about 2 days to dry; so generally I can wear any given shirt no more often than once per week). I do generally wear essentially the same things in rotation.
Nov. 11th, 2014 05:12 am (UTC)
Right now I regularly wear about 5 work shirts, 3-4 long sleeves shirts, 4-5 pairs of slacks (but I've gained weight so I wear the one pair that fits slightly better as often as I possibly can), a couple of pairs of jeans, and one skirt. I'll sneak in my summer dresses too for casual wear, with tights when the weather/occupation for the day cooperates. I have more in my closet, but that's the heavy rotation stuff and I'm eyeing the others for a good decluttering. I honestly don't understand people who have enough clothing to wear entirely different outfits every day but maybe it's because I always had to wear school uniforms.
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