September 2, 2022
Yesterday went perfectly! In direct sunlight I was too warm with my shirt over my dress, SO I CROSSED THE STREET! Living in the city gives you that option much of the time…
So today’s outfit is very similar to yesterday’s, but with my 4 Objects chambray shirt, and a little bit more toe protection.
This is so interesting – inside my head. I think about all of the different ways that I can wear my dress, but I don’t lie in bed at night wondering what I’m going to wear tomorrow. It’s a change!
Sandy b says
I am liking these outfits. You already have quality basics, investment pieces.
Gail Finke says
The only problem I see with this is that to really give the dress 100 different looks (rather than repeating some) you pretty much have to have more than 100 different things to wear with it. So you still have lots of clothes. Of course there’s no rule that one doing the challenge has to have 100 separate looks. I assume a lot of people just wear the dress a lot, with the same shoes, the same few sweaters, etc. That would be very freeing, like wearing a uniform every day. I wouldn’t want to wear a uniform every day for years at a time, but it takes all the anxiety out of getting dressed!
I think one of the things that a lot of participants learn from this project is that it doesn’t matter if you look basically the same every day. I will start repeating outfits pretty quickly, because one of the things I’d like to accomplish is to clean out my closets. And any scarf that’s not worn in the next 98 days is going to be sold; I have TOO MANY scarves!
I also was wondering if you were buying items to go with the dress or pretty much using what you have. Purchasing many new things to wear with the dress would kind of defeat the purpose.
Strictly using what I have – my goal is to get RID of things, not accumulate more!
I think the beauty of the project lasting 100 days is that it enables you to experience a variety of weather and you will see the trends in your usage and preferences better. This will be such an interesting journey for you and it’s really fun and special that you’re documenting and sharing it with us.
Just wearing a different colour of shirt and different shoes changes the look markedly.
Have you shared that you’ve embarked on this project with any of your friends or neighbours? It would be interesting to see if anyone notices the common denominator of your wardrobe over the coming weeks.
My closest friend is also doing the project, with the same dress! She’s 18 days ahead of me… My family knows – but I haven’t mentioned it to anyone else. But I think a ton of people that I know at least casually check in on The Vivienne Files, or my Instagram postings. It will be interesting to see if I ever get any feedback!
Beth T says
I was going to ask whether you were planning your outfits in advance or just choosing accompanying pieces and accessories on the day. If I were doing this, I would wear different jewellery every day.
I can’t stop thinking about how easy it would be to pack for travel using this concept!
Oh, that’s a brilliant idea!
Imagine Janice’s outfit above as the in-transit travel outfit. I’d add a pair of light weight merino tights.
Pack a small/medium packing cube with: a cashmere or merino sweater, several silk scarves, a Pashmina scarf or two, and silk pajamas.
Add a small selection of jewelry and all your outfits are done.
A small or medium packing cube fits in a small tote or a large purse. My rolling luggage just became obsolete!
I’m going to have to try this!
From reading/watching what others have done with this project, the most interesting thing is that no one really noticed they were wearing the same dress every day.
That’s such an important thing to learn – the need for endless variety is found within us, not outside of us!
Lorrie Orr says
When I was teaching French to high schoolers, I once had a French (from France) substitute for several weeks. When we began studying clothing vocabulary, I mentioned that French people tend to have a smaller wardrobe, but of better quality. The students went “aha” – that’s why Mme Andre wore the same outfits during her few weeks. They noticed, but so what?
Your comment above “the need for endless variety is found within us, not outside of us” is so true.
This is timely… As I am going on a 2 week cruise for Xmas and only taking a carry on (worried about lost luggage!). So that means minimal # of pieces. We like to dress up for late dinner, so will keep watching you 1 dress, 100 days looks!