Would You Wear a "Uniform"?
A few weeks ago, a friend and I realized that we were going to be at the nearby outdoor mall around the same time so we coordinated to hang out. It was so much fun (she's hilarious), that we decided to run into each other again the next day for a bit. After we planned on it, she texted me and confessed... "I will be wearing the same clothes don't judge me... I only ever wear the same 5 things." I laughed out loud because I wear the same thing all the time, and I'm always embarrassed when I see someone each of those times. The other week I actually caught myself trying to act more "refined" when I said to my high school babysitter, "Oh, I should change out of this shirt...I wore it yesterday!"
But now I'm rethinking my attitude of embarrassment... I recently read an article on one of my favorite blogs, A Cup of Jo. The blogger, Joanna Goddard, wrote about a woman who called it quits on picking what to wear every single morning. Here's some of the post...
"Have you seen Matilda Kahl’s article about wearing the same thing to work every day? The piece has been shared 86,400 times, likely because we all face this daily. At my old job, I used to wobble into meetings in uncomfortable heels and worry if my skirts were too short when I was sitting down. And not just with work — we have a wedding this weekend, and I’m already stressed about what to wear, while of course Alex will wear his standard gray suit. Here, Kahl explains why a work uniform has changed her life:
'About three years ago, I had one of those typical Monday mornings that many women have experienced. With a fairly important meeting on the horizon, I started to try on different outfits, lacking any real direction or plan. As an art director at one of the leading creative advertising agencies in New York, I’m given complete freedom over what I wear to the office, but that still left me questioning each piece that I added or subtracted from my outfit. “Is this too formal? Is that too out there? Is this dress too short?” I finally chose something I regretted as soon as I hit the subway platform. As I arrived at work, my stress level only increased as I saw my male creative partner and other male co-workers having a “brodown” with the new boss as they entered the meeting room — a room I was supposed to already be inside. I just stood there — paralyzed by the fact that I was not only late, but unprepared… This was not the first morning I’d felt this unnecessary panic, but that day I decided it would be the last.'
So Kahl came up with a work uniform — a silk shirt and black pants she wore every day from then on. Although colleagues questioned her choice, teased her and even worried about her well-being, she points out, “A work uniform is not an original idea. There’s a group of people that have embraced this way of dressing for years — they call it a suit.”
What's even more fascinating, is when the post mentions Australian TV anchor Karl Stefanovic who went a whole year wearing the same suit and no one noticed. He did it to show how his female colleague is judged on her appearance, while he is judged on how he's doing his job...
Thoughts?? Would you wear a "uniform"? Pictured above are my go-to Ann Taylor shirts that I bought in as many colors as I could find in my size. Part of me likes the creative aspect of styling an outfit, but it can easily veer into the land of self-consciousness. What about you?