#1 Wear the Same Dress For A Month? She Did.10-15-2009, 06:51 PMCould you wear the same dress for a month? One woman did, and it's changed the way she thinks about clothes forever
By Maureen Rice
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The dress: Maureen Rice opted to wear this £195 dress from LK Bennett every day for a month
Could you wear the same dress every day for a year?
That's what Sheena Matheiken is doing to raise money for her charity the Akanshanka Foundation, which campaigns for more schools in India. But could writer MAUREEN RICE wear the same thing day in, day out, for even a month?
She challenged herself to don this plain, purple knee-length, shift dress for 30 days to see how it affected her mood and self-esteem.
WEEK ONE: MONDAY
Over the weekend I found the dress that's going to take me through every occasion for the rest of the month. Costing £195 from LK Bennett, I chose it mainly because of its adaptability - surely something this simple lends itself to accessories, layering and whatever other tricks I can think of.
As this is day one, my strategy is to start off as plain as possible, and gradually add different looks as the month goes by.
So today, it's just me, the dress, a plain pair of black heels and a gold necklace. Your standard day-at-the-office look. In case you're wondering, I'm resolving the hygiene issue by wearing T-shirts under the dress, and making use of a four-hour dry cleaners.
My office is staffed mainly by women, so everyone notices that I have something new. We've all been cutting back on our fashion fixes this year, so there's a lot of compliments on the very fact of a new dress, never mind what it looks like.
But one of the reasons I found the idea of wearing the same thing every day so appealing was the break it was going to give me from shopping. Over the past ten years, a mixture of economic boom and a fiercely competitive High Street created a shopping equation that went: Availability + Affordability = Fast Fashion Frenzy.
Yes, it was fun for a while, but after a decade of getting into lifts with other women wearing the same dress, and swapping the treat of buying something new for the weekly obligation of buying something new, I'm exhausted, bored and broke.
I notice that Nigella Lawson has been spotted wearing the same dress on six days over two weeks - and also that she has sorted her autumn/winter wardrobe by buying a dozen of the same style of dress in different colours.
It works for Nigella, because she's a stylish woman, and I've realised that I'm not. Style, which is personal and depends on self-awareness and self-assurance, is much harder work than fashion, which just requires you to read magazines and spend heaps of money.
Style means looking like yourself, which means not only dumping anything that's 'not me', but knowing who me actually is.
Read the whole thing - it's fascinating. I buy classic clothing that always costs a little more than I want to pay at the moment. The quality is worth it. I also have a crystal clear idea of what makes me look better than I really look and that's what I get. No matter how on-trend a look may be, if it makes me look fat, short, slutty, girlish, or ironically cheap - I leave it alone.
I wouldn't wear the same dress for a month but I will admit to having 3 identical plain knit dresses that differ only in color (black, deep gray, and rich brown). I wear them with Russian shawls, silk scarves, and/or about a dozen different belts. Best clothing investment I ever made. ;)
10-15-2009, 09:59 PM
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If she became a nun it could be a habit.....
That was funnier before I typed it.Hey careful man! There's a beverage here!
10-15-2009, 10:25 PM
That dress would make my butt look big!
10-16-2009, 02:54 AMThe office consensus is that the theory of the same dress is a good one: it is possible to wear the same thing and make it look different every day. It just isn't possible to wear the same thing and feel different every day.
10-16-2009, 09:05 AM
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I expected this to be about Ann Coulter. :p"Today, [the American voter] chooses his rulers as he buys bootleg whiskey, never knowing precisely what he is getting, only certain that it is not what it pretends to be." - H.L. Mencken
10-16-2009, 09:46 AM
I'm willing to pay good money for good work and church clothes. If you spend $100 on a dress, it'll still be wearable after 3 or 4 years. If you spend $50 for one at Target, you'll buy one each season because the dress is cheaply made. I'm in my 40s, so styles don't really change much for me. If I have some basics, I can just update them with cheap, trendy accessories as needed. My work dresses for the most part are classic things, like my black coatdress, that never go out of style.
Separates are different-there are some pretty decent quality, low-priced stuff available at places like Kohls and Penneys.
Shoes are what are hard for me. I am very hard on them, because I walk on the outsides of my feet. Whether I buy a pair at Payless, DSW or Nordies, I tend to wear them out in one year or less. I don't want to wear old lady/orthopedic shoes yet (but I always wear flats, no heels anymore), but any cheap shoes are very uncomfortable for me. I've been wearing a pair of black, dressy-looking Sketchers all summer, even with my work clothes, because they are comfortable and no manager has said anything to me at the office.
And I really never want to wear orthopedic shoes again. I had to wear them in elementary school, and they are ugly and not exactly comfortable, either. I'd rather wear saddle-shoes.
10-16-2009, 10:45 AM
However, they wear like iron and if you wear the soles unevenly, you can get them resoled at a very reasonable price. Since they aren't trendy, they are wearable for literally years.
Clog have a bad rap because cheap clogs are so ugly. It doesn't have to be that way at all. If you've never worn good clogs before, buy your first pair from a local shop so you get the correct size (mine are all European sizes). After that, you can order off the Internet. All genuine Birkies require an adjustment period to get used to the specialized foot-bed but you'll be glad you took the time. Some oiled leather clogs need a breaking-in period to conform to your arch. Again, this is worth the effort since they will feel like slippers afterward. If you have custom orthotics, most will fit in a clog style that has a closed heel. ;)
10-16-2009, 12:49 PM
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as a young male (26) and married, i perfer a woman that likes classic sliming clothing, expecially dresses, not that say that something exotic every once in awhile isn't hot, but for everyday dress to the office/church a woman that dress similarly to the one in the OP shows that not only is she proffessional, but that she is intelligent and not a slut. Women that dress like they are out for a night on the town at the office bitch that they get treated differently and hit on more, and one wonders why. More women need to dress this way and they'll have more respect at work, home and for themselves
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10-16-2009, 01:20 PM
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