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I Wore the Same Outfit for 21 Days // Minimalist Wardrobe Trial

For 21 days, I wore the same outfit to work *every single day*, and for 3 weeks after that I expanded a bit and added a few other items with a very narrow, minimalist wardrobe theme.

My original plan was to do this for 7 days as a semi-prank to see if anyone noticed… But no one did 🙂

And then I kept going because I realized I really enjoyed it, and I think this experiment really helped me to narrow down what my preferred style is.

In the upcoming video below, I give you the full scoop including:

  • Why I decided to try this experiment
  • How I chose what outfit I would wear every single day for 21 days
  • What I included in my capsule wardrobe when I expanded my selection
  • How this experiment changed my mindset about buying clothing
  • How this experiment will make it WAY easier to shop for clothes in the future

Why I decided to try this experiment

I’ve read about people like Steve Jobs who wear the same outfit all the time, and they do it for a few reasons. One reason is to save mental energy and another is to save time.

If I stop worrying about what I wear every day, I have a lot more energy for other things.

Another reason I decided to try this out is because I’ve suddenly become exhausted by having STUFF. A few weeks ago, I filled two trash bags with clothes for donations—TWO WHOLE BAGS. And you know what? My closet is still seemingly full of clothes, much of which I don’t wear. I hang on to all of these clothes in all of these styles, and I find myself gravitating towards the same items all the time. So, I decided to be more intentional about it.



How I chose what outfit I would wear every single day for 21 days

The two most important factors were 1) comfort and 2) appearance.

I wanted something that was comfortable on a normal day AND on days when I might be bloated or not feeling my best. So, it couldn’t be too tight and had to have some stretch.

It also needed to look good every day. I decided NOT to go all black, because I didn’t think all black was all that versatile. I needed to pick something that I could wear to work and on the weekends so I could dress it up or keep it casual.

I also wanted something that was flattering and attractive. So, I had to find a balance between “comfortable” and professional.

I landed on a white collared shirt with skinny jeans, which was the perfect choice for me.

What I included in my capsule wardrobe when I expanded my selection

I initially planned to do this for 7 days, which turned into about 3 weeks. At the end of the 3 weeks, I still wasn’t ready to “return to normal”. I was enjoying the simplicity too much.

But during the course I stumbled on an article about creating a dress code, and this seemed SUPER exciting to me.

The idea behind a dress code is to continue to keep things simple, and recognize that I tend to gravitate towards the same things all the time. So, I might have 100 pieces of clothing in my closet, but I’m not joking when I say I probably wear about 15 on a regular basis.

I noticed that the clothes I wore repeatedly were very predictable:

  • Dark pants
  • Collared shirts
  • Black, White and Blue
  • Occasional pops of color (mostly in purple-ish family).

So I came up with about 7 pieces of clothing for my capsule wardrobe.

How this experiment changed my mindset about buying clothing

The thing about creating this dress code that I wasn’t expecting is that I don’t miss the clothes I haven’t been wearing.

I’m not sure I’ll ever get rid of 75% of my wardrobe, but this experiment has made is very clear to me that I enjoy wearing a few things. And even though I love a lot of different clothing and styles, I consistently gravitate towards the same pieces over and over again.

So for me, this experiment was a total win!

What do you think? Would you ever wear the same outfit for a week?

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