Moi? A uniform???

In Week 43 of the Great Wake-Up, our challenge was to wear the same outfit every day for a week... Um, no.

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When I saw this challenge I questioned Chris's sanity... Then I reflected on my own...

My initial instinct was "what a boy thing to suggest!" and to just not worry about an experiment this week. (By the way, I hope that statement doesn't offend any boys and I'm curious to see what my fellow bloggers thought...)

Cards on the table, I love clothes. I love the colours, the texture, the combinations, the endless possibilities to reinvent yourself... It wasn't the practicalities of, frankly, smell and spills, that worried me, but giving up my opportunity to express who I want to be each day. I work from home, and I will admit to sometimes wearing the same thing two days in a row IF I'm not going out, but I've also noticed how that can have a negative impact on my productivity, because I've not committed to the day. Getting dressed is somehow even more important when I'm doing it for myself.

It felt strange to me to have an experiment that felt like it was encouraging us to head for auto-pilot, instead of the opposite, and I'm wondering what the intention behind it may have been? I can say without doubt I'd much rather go the same way to work every day than wear the same outfit, so I guess the point is around choosing where you can simplify your life, and focussing your attention on the things that matter to you. Which is, I think, a very awake place to be.


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Mark Cuddy over 4 years ago

I think you are on to something here; men (or boys) are happy to lounge around for days in the same gear whilst women prefer to to get dicky-dolled up at any opportunity. This is one of the things that make men and women different. Yeah-yeah! Just to prove the point I am sitting here reading your blog still wearing my 'Go Ape' t-shirt and comfy socks that I've had on for at least three days! Ha, ha, ha and I CAN get away with it because I'm a man and I don't have smelly feet - yeah-yeah. Before you shake your head in disgust let me tell you my socks DO NOT smell. If you make any remark against them they will come around to your house and let me tell you they can be as intimidating as the Krays in their hay day, so watch it, lady!
I now see you, Fi and Jacqui scouting around the Birmingham Oxfam on the hunt for a bargain! Happy days!

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Jacqui over 4 years ago

I completely agree and like your questions. I have to say that I work with some very fashion conscious men who would get very bored wearing the same thing every day. So perhaps personality rather than gender issue?

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Mark Cuddy over 4 years ago

Fashion conscious? Men? Really? Are you sure?
I'll stick to my 'go ape' t-shirt. It's never been in fashion so it can never go out of fashion - yeah-yeah!

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Vanessa over 4 years ago

Very much looking forward to the fashion show next week! But now planning extra time to choose an outfit - the pressure! Sadly, Mark, I don't have a "Go Ape" t-shirt...

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Mark Cuddy over 4 years ago

I'm the only person I know who's got a 'Go Ape' t-shirt. That's me always the individual/fashion magnet and still wearing it. To be fair it was a toss up between Planet of the Apes and Enter the Dragon. Two superb films. Yeah-yeah!
Vanessa you, Fi and Jacqui have me thinking I better come dressed very smartly so I think I better get down the tailors, ahem. I'm looking forward to next week, should be a laugh.

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Ffi Ffi Trixibelle over 4 years ago

oh my what a great managed to say what I was trying to in much less words.... can't wait to meet you all whatever you are wearing. :)

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Vanessa over 4 years ago

Mark, did we forget to mention next week is white tie đŸ˜‰

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Sarah-Kate Goodwin over 4 years ago

So refreshing to read that an experiment made you notice something that you love doing and do not wish to change at all Vanessa! The power of clothes, aha! x

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Chris Baréz-Brown over 4 years ago

Vanessa, I do question my own sanity sometimes!! Yep, meant to simplify, loving the feedback on this one. Great learning. C x