As I pass the halfway mark of my wear the same thing every day challenge I keep getting asked how it's all going, so I thought I'd give you all an update.
First of all the outfit - what did I choose? I looked long and hard and began to think I would have to compromise on the whole made in Australia, organic cotton kind of details.
Until I found this dress:
It looks simple, and it is. But it's the most comfy, high quality and ethical clothing I have ever owned. It's made by Betty Browne, an Australian made, organic cotton t-shirt company. I also bought a mix of bamboo and organic cotton long sleeved tees and leggings to layer as the weather gets cooler from Shift on Nature.
For those of you who asked, I'm not wearing EXACTLY the same item of clothing everyday, I'm buying multiples so I only have to wash at the weekend. I got asked this a lot!
Many of you have responded by groaning that you wear the same thing by default cause nothing else fits. I suggest you go and buy multiples of that one piece of clothing so it feels like an intentional decision to simplify your life, and not like a smelly ground-hog day.
Here's a few pics of me wearing my new uniform, I'll try and get more as I go but it's surprisingly hard to remember to stop and take photos of the same thing every day! Plus my husband has been overseas and I'm not great at selfies!
Why am I loving it so much? There are so many reasons!
Comfort - these are the best clothes I ever owned - the thing about wearing the same thing everyday is I only need to buy 5 dresses so I can afford to buy much better quality. They feel great.
Wardrobe space - I gave away three garbage bags full of clothes at the beginning of this challenge so my life is much more zen and clutter free.
Ironing - gotta love clothes that don't need ironing!
Time - saving time (and energy) on school mornings was a big factor in my decision to wear the same thing every day and it has absolutely lived up to my expectations. Mornings are much easier for me now with one less thing to worry about.
You know what's been most surprising? I've worn that same black dress most days for two weeks now and I thought I'd get bored. But throw in the odd blue scarf or yellow coat or rainbow necklace and I actually don't feel like I am wearing the same thing every day.
Complicated is overwhelming and I've always been a big fan of keeping it simple.
Now if only I could figure out how to convince my children to simplify their toy collection somehow...
If you are doing the challenge too, please leave a comment and let me know if you are loving it as much as I am.