I’m always interested in the fringe zones of fashion – the quirky interpretations of style “rules” and the women who pioneer them. I enjoy reading about style “experiments” and “challenges” that get us thinking outside the box, or closet.
This past weekend I read a few accounts of women who chose, for varying reasons, to wear one simple dress for a month or, gasp, a year.
The Uniform Project was a challenge undertaken by Sheena Matheiken to wear the same black shift every day for a year. Her motivation: ” . . . an exercise in sustainability and a fundraiser to provide education to underprivileged children living in Indian slums.” Sheena is a skilled and creative stylist, and I could never hope to match her talent. So her mission was rewarding to support, and pick up tips from, but I could never duplicate it in any appealing way.
There’s the non-fashionista, artist Alex Martin, who made then wore the same little brown dress every day for a year. She has more accessible style, and she “started the project as a personal challenge to myself, to find out if I could be an interesting, fabulous, sparkling person without relying on my clothes to sparkle for me.”
Journalist and non-fashionista Elizabeth Withey also wore a simple black dress she named “Laverne” for a year, and she’s a hell of a writer. Her feelings about Laverne are authentic and relatable. When Elizabeth described Laverne one morning like this, I felt her pain: “In the mornings, I find myself delaying getting dressed. Laverne’s hanging there, in the doorway, waiting, quiet, on her best behaviour, and she’s looking at me, pleadingly, and I’m like, “WHAT, Laverne, WHAT?” I swear, she’s got the dress equivalent of puppy-dog-eyes.”
Since I don’t have the desire to wear the same anything, except a smile, for a year, I’ve been tossing around ideas like: the same simple frock or skirt for a week, styled differently. My experiment would be based on the desire to measure my own creativity, not to limit my closet to one garment!
Here’s a few of the pieces I’ve been playing with in my head:
My husband is completely on board, btw, and has volunteered to wear the same jeans for a week, with a Wednesday wash. Of course, that’s what he does every week, so he is not allowed in the Club.
Stay fabulous and enjoy every sandwich, xo
Some repeat-able pieces to browse: