There have been times when I have thought the challenge would never come to an end, and days when I wanted to give up. Not, however, because I was bored with the dress; but because it doesn’t fit my climate in coastal California as well as a turtleneck would. Being cold all the time is my M.O., but there were days when I just longed to wear my turtleneck sweater dress!
Even so, most of the time I have been grateful for the dress and the challenge. My clothing decisions each morning have been a breeze. The care of my dress has been extraordinarily easy. I’ve been able to ‘class’ it up or dress it down – even teach Tai Chi and yoga in it. I’ve worn it like my favorite Indian shalwar kameez outfits, and with a suit jacket while I’m in a Zoom meeting. Most of all, it has been a joy not to have to decide every day what to wear, and what to wear with what I’ve chosen to wear! (I think if I return to that model, I will need to have the financial resources to hire a valet!) Instead, I just pull the dress off the hanger and drop it onto my body.
So what will I do after the 100 days? Well, I’ll turn my pictures in to wooland.com, and once verified, they’ll give me a gift certificate that I can use for another dress. Then I will have 2 dresses that fit. In one of the French capsule wardrobe patterns of 10 items, I’ll add 8 other pieces – 2 scarves, 2 cardigans, 2 pants to go under the dresses, and 2 pairs of shoes. I’m going to wear each dress for 1 month and switch to the other the following month, and do that for another 120 days, and see how I feel after that!
Many of you know, I’ve gone to Paris, France for a week with just my purse. It is my preferred way to travel, -- but I can keep wearing the same outfit there because no one sees me. This challenge has made it possible for me to give myself permission to do that when I travel here. I have a month long trip coming up at the end of March, and there won’t be any surprises to anyone when I keep turning up in the same dress! Actually, the real surprise is that no one really notices anyway.
But, here’s a kind of final thought to this experiment. Simplicity isn’t about austerity. It’s about freedom.