Ever since I started to wear the same outfit everyday, I’ve had a lot of questions about why, and what some of the benefits are.
While I wear a variation of the same outfit everyday, do add variety. One mistake many budding minimalists make is getting rid of things that still bring joy and have value. So in my own journey, I didn’t want to donate a bunch of clothes that fit me, are comfortable and are simple.
That said, I have worn the same outfit everyday this week with a different sweater or jacket over it, and when I traveled for work last week? Packing was easy as pie!
Keeping reading below and discover some of my favorite benefits of wearing the same outfit everyday.
#1: Save Time Everyday
Wearing the same outfit everyday saves a ton of time. I used to decide what to wear in the morning, and my outfit choice depended on many factors.
- My my plans included for that day
- Whether or not I felt bloated from the day before
- My mood
- The weather
Now, I have simple staples for all occasions, and have few enough clothes that decisions became easy. Is it hot outside? I’ll wear my t-shirt. Cold outside? Collared shirt and a sweater. Important work meeting? Throw a jacket on. Formal event? Black dress.
I spend so much less time making clothing decisions, and I love that the decision is so easy.
“Our greatest currency is our time and we cannot save it. Spend it wisely and never waste another’s or your own.” ―
#2: Reduce Decision Fatigue
Decision fatigue refers to how the quality of our decision making deteriorates as we make more and more decisions throughout the day. So, the fewer decisions you have to make, the better decisions you’ll make.
It is now understood as one of the causes of irrational trade-offs in decision making. More on that from Wikipedia below.
For instance, judges in court have been shown to make poorer quality decisions late in the day than they do early in the day. Decision fatigue may also lead to consumers making poor choices with their purchases.
Trade-offs, where either of two choices have positive and negative elements, are an advanced and energy-consuming form of decision making.
What I found really interesting about trade-offs is that they are responsible for keeping people in bad decision-making cycles, like what keeps some people in poverty for example.
If you obsess over whether you are making the right decision, you are basically assuming that the universe will reward you for one thing and punish you for another. ― Deepak Chopra
#3: Reduce Stress
Less decisions equals less stress.
No worrying if my outfit will work for a specific occasion.
No more regretting my outfit decision halfway through the day, or half way to an event.
I feel great in my collared shirt or t-shirt and black pants or dress, and have ways to dress things up or down with shoes, accessories and jackets.
You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway. ―
#4: Always Feel Put Together
Another benefit of a minimal wardrobe and wearing the same outfit everyday is always feeling put together. When you curate an outfit that fits your lifestyle and your personal preferences, you’ll always be wearing something you love that looks great on you.
This was a huge benefit of my first traveling experience as a minimal dresser last week.
Packing was incredibly easy. I had 4 outfits for 2 days that all made me feel comfortable, confident and put together.
I packed these items with a laptop, workout clothes and extra shoes and made it for 4 days with just my small messenger bag.
It. Was. Fabulous.
Great things are not done by impulse but by a series of small things brought together. —Vincent van Gogh
#5: Save Money
When you wear the same outfit everyday intentionally, you reduce the number of necessary clothes you bring into your life. I used to clothes shop all the time out of boredom, but often it didn’t lead to happiness.
I ended up buying many clothing items that didn’t suit me or flatter me.
These are clothes I ended up never wearing and eventually giving away or donating.
When I did my minimalism challenge, I ended up decluttering hundreds of items of clothes I never wear.
I felt ashamed and wasteful, and I’m determined to never do that again.
“Never spend your money before you have earned it.” —Thomas Jefferson
Summing It Up: Why I Love Wearing the Same Outfit Everyday
Wearing the same outfit everyday saves me time, money, stress, energy making decisions and gives me confidence.
Its a life change I’m truly grateful for.
Have you tried it?
Let me know in the comments!
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