October 8, 2022
The problem is actually in my back, but the pain is in my knee? I’m not a doctor…
Our weather has finally gotten consistently cool, so I think that I will be wearing lots of black tee shirts or turtlenecks under my dress – sort of like wearing a black long-sleeved dress. Lots of 2nd layer possibilities!
Carol S says
This 1 dress 100 ways is an interesting exercise. I like how it is wearing the same dress for 100 days – I can understand the conservation side of the exercise. But thinking about the 100 ways means a person might need to have at least 99 different things to wear with it which is perhaps less conservative!
Perhaps I have missed the point but love the sentiment and love what you are doing with the challenge.
Sles Scovell says
I am seductively inspired by the 100 days (but tell me please, you really have two of those dresses don’t you? So that you can wear one and have one in the wash) such that I have made it the focus of my “being at Dad’s to give him care” wardrobe (the house (La Maison Squalide!!) is riddled with moths…there is no point having anything lovely on these three week stints). I’ve gone a little off piste as I could only find one dress (literally one article not one model of dress) and so have got leggings and tops to tide me over when the dress is in the wash.
It is bliss. I don’t have to think what to wear. I always look ‘presentable’. Thank you for the inspiration. I am really enjoying this!
Nope – just 1 dress. It doesn’t take on odors at all, so it only “needs” to be laundered infrequently. I think we’ve all been brainwashed to believe that anything that touches our body MUST be laundered immediately! I hand wash my dress in the evening, and it dries overnight. I steam it the next morning, and I’m good for another week.
It really does change the way you think about laundry…
Beth T says
I think I’m preferring your choices when you have an accent colour, like pink. I love that colour and the Aspinal A pink scarf is gorgeous. However, choosing neutrals is an easy choice when you’re in pain. Hope your back gets better and your knee pain resolves. Decorative joint braces – who thought of that? Brilliant idea.
I have right hip pain – muscles and ligaments- caused by a tender spot at the base of my spine. I’m masaging magnesium gel into my hip muscles – magnesium is good for aches and pains – and massaging anti-inflammatory gel into the base of my spine. This allows me to take other pain meds such as paracetamol or codeine (if it gets very bad).
Love the pink and black!
Sandy b says
I am wondering, as a minimalist, what would be the actual minimum number of Other items one would need for this sort of thing. I suppose it would vary with the person and weather. I think, if I wore this dress, I would prefer something knit, like a T, to go under most of the time. I like a little more coverage than a tank top. So, regardless of weather, I would want about two weeks worth of tops, for laundry and variety. And wear on the shirts themselves. So 14. As it got cooler I would transition to long sleeves, which is standard. Then, second layers. I tend to make a few second layers do a lot of work, so I would, theoretically want only 7, ranging from light to very warm. I also use vests for extra warmth, so count them as third layers. I look in my closet and I see at least 4. I won’t count tights here, but will count leggings and add in other pants; something like skinny jeans might work, not sure. The lowest number I would want to use here would be a weeks worth, 7. So that is 32, if my math is correct. I wouldn’t count accessories, and I see already from Janice that scarves are real force multipliers. This is just my own idea. I am sure some people would be driven mad by so few things, and others might be able to do it with less.
Lesley C says
I could not commit to a single dress for even 15 days so I admire your perseverance and creativity. The accessorising has been quite inspirational. The mourning period of ER2 has reignited my passion for the pearls I have accumulated over the past 40 years. So many different styles of earrings, necklaces and rings. (I stick to simple gold or silver bracelets.) I am thinking of a challenge that has me wearing pearls daily for a defined period of time.
Back=>knee? Sure. The nerves in your back service your knee. It’s called referred pain. Real enough. Fix the back and the knee follows right along. :D
Sara Mattes says
So sorry to hear about your issues with pain.
Sadly, the releif may come at the expense of your sartorial splendor…Brooks Addictions.
I have been forced, for the reason you describe, to live in these marvels.
They have addressed my pain.
They pose a serious challenge to my fashion sense.
Now, I turn to you to develope some great clothing choices around them.
That is a serious challenge!
Would a thermal top under the light wool dress not look bulky?
I wore my thermal top over my dress – I might be able to wear it under, but I haven’t yet tried! I suspect I’ll give it a go at some point…
With your experiment in mind, I wore the same dress for six days. I would have liked a black wool dress, but what I already have is an aubergine viscose polo neck. Obviously viscose is not as dirt-resistant as wool, but it held up well until I spilled salad dressing on it. I wore a merino long-armed top underneath and it didn’t need washing at all.
I really enjoyed wearing the same dress! I tried different cardigans, scarves and hats and loved seeing the big difference that these details made.