Dress the same

Week forty three in 'wake up'

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It is no great secret that I hate clothes shopping because I am so fussy when it comes to buying clothes. I may just require a simple white shirt or black trousers but that doesn’t stop the voice in my head getting too picky, “It’s too white (really?). I don’t like the shape of the buttons. The collars are too wide, you look like Harry Hill. I don’t like the material, what material is that? Will it fade after one wash? Why are you buying this anyway?” etc, etc.

The thing is I know immediately what I like the moment I see it and the moment I decide on something that’s it, I will wear it until Sarah says “Doesn’t that need a wash now?” I usually shake my head and inform her that I can still get at least another day out of it.

I’ve been this way all of my life. From the Everton scarf I used to wear to school every day regardless of weather or results (I still have that scarf, bought for me for my birthday at the start of the 1985/86 season but not worn for twenty five years or more) to my long gone orange (yes orange, you did read that correctly) jeans when I was in my early twenties, to my oversized ex-American army parka to my green Levi’s only a few years ago to my green walking trousers and The Jam baseball style t-shirt today. And not forgetting a hundred t-shirts. I love t-shirts. What makes a statement to the world about who you are as a person more than a t-shirt?

Believe it or not I have a Paul Weller t-shirt that is more than two decades old. I dug it out for a laugh and was surprised to see it was a XL even though I’m medium. I’ve clearly lost weight or maybe baggy was the style back in the early 1990’s. It has a few pin holes of wear and tear here and there but I still refuse to bin it. One day it will retire to the dust bin but not yet because it still holds sentimental value to me reminding of the young bushy tailed whipper snapper I used to be (trust me I did used to be like this and I had long blond hair too – I have the photo’s to prove it officer, ahem).

As for socks, only the other day in work Ricky and I were both in agreement that we didn’t care if socks don’t match just get them on. They have one purpose to protect and keep your feet warm. No one can really see them anyway. Ricky revealed the odd socks he was wearing and I revealed the odd ones I was wearing. Stuart on the other hand had a matching pair of black ones and felt a bit left out. Who needs to waste time looking for matching socks anyway? How many hours are lost in a person’s life due to searching for matching socks? At the end of a lifetime it must add up to days if not weeks of wasted time. In saying that, I insist on having comfy walking socks if I’m walking to work or out on the hills. It’s a top priority of mine. I do retain some standards, ahem.

I might struggle to choose clothes but the moment I have chosen them they aren’t coming off! That’s why this week’s ‘wake up’ challenge of wearing the same outfit for a week was a doddle. Let’s try it for a month Chris. I’m game, even if Sarah might not be.

So for this week’s challenge I’ve opted for my black Planet of the Apes ‘Go Ape’ t-shirt and my comfy green walking trousers. Who knows I might be still wearing them for next week’s ‘wake up’ meet-up in Birmingham on Wednesday – yeah-yeah! GO APE! Live life love life! Keep smiling and most of all take it easy.


Mark Cuddy

Someone who learned to wake up


Go to the profile of Vanessa
over 5 years ago
Ha, I should have made that bet! I was pretty sure, and hoping for Chris's sake, that you'd be the one who could give this a whirl. Here's hoping there are no mishaps with deep-fat fryers this week...
Go to the profile of Jacqui
over 5 years ago
Haha! At last one of us is up for this challenge. My husband is similar in that t-shirts rule. He has a variety of t-shirts 3 different coloured trousers and 3 different jumpers. Voila! his fashion life is fulfilled!
Go to the profile of Mark Cuddy
over 5 years ago
Jacqui, nice to read that your husband sounds like a normal fella. His wardrobe sounds just about right. I myself have about the same amount of trousers and jumpers and many shirts and many, many t-shirts - Yeah-yeah! At least choosing him a Christmas present is going to be easy - double yeah-yeah!
Go to the profile of Fiona Dolben
over 5 years ago
I would love to not have to pair socks up after every wash!! Even though I do there is always one left over. I too still have and wear a very old t-shirt, its now tiny, faded and devoted to Robert Plant sometime in the early '80s it now reads 'bert Plant' but I will never part with it even if its a bit tight. Which one will you pick for next week I wonder and really is Bobby coming... I could bring Ted... he's never been in a train or for a tapas for that matter..
Go to the profile of Mark Cuddy
over 5 years ago
Fi, I would love to bring the Bobster but they wouldn't let him anywhere near food. For all his faults and crazy scrapes and stories I can honestly say Bobby is the best dog on a train and in a pub - straight under the table, no questions asked. To be fair he does take up a fair bit of space but he is good as gold. As for being around food, well that's a different thing altogether, ahem. As for next week I'll promise to be giving the 'Go Ape' t-shirt a rest but I will be dressing casual, jeans will be the order of the day me thinks. I'm looking forward to meeting you and Jacqui next week. I've met Vanessa briefly before at the London meet-up. I just hope I recognise her and you and Jacqui from the photo's from the blogs. Ha, it will be funny if we all wander around New Street for hours looking for each other. That would give autopilot something to laugh about!
Go to the profile of Sarah-Kate Goodwin
over 5 years ago
Gotta say Mark Bobby looks a bit mortified to be seen with you here haha! Pat on the back for completing the challenge with pride Mark. Wearing the same thing for a month would certainly help my bank balance, don't know that I'd look quite as cool however!
Go to the profile of Chris Baréz-Brown
over 5 years ago
Ha! Nice one Marko, let me know how the month goes! Huge love Chris x