​Great Wake Up Blog: Week #43

This week's challenge was short and not so sweet - wearing the same outfit for a week.,,

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This week's challenge was short and not so sweet - wearing the same outfit for a week...

I'll be entirely honest - I did not do this challenge in the full way expected. I understand that it was an experiment in pushing boundaries, and seeing how we could actually go while being a bit uncomfortable.

I could not do it. It's partly because I work in an office and meet with students and do a lot of active stuff that means that washing and ironing one shirt over and over for the next night, but a large part of it is sheer discomfort when it comes to actually wearing the same thing over and over again. I'm aware that public image and appearance is a socially constructed problem, but it's also hygiene and my own enjoyment of experimenting with my image for each day, even to a minor degree as changing the colour of my shirt or my trainers.

As a concession, I kept my 'studying at home' wardrobe the same for the whole week, as when I'm sat reading, writing, and thinking for hours at a time, comfort is paramount and I can easily do that. But living in one outfit for a week? If I had to do in order to survive or in an emergency, I could do it, but as a choice? As a choice when I have work and a social life and personal preferences? It was a bit too hard for me this time around.

Aah, well - onto next week then...


Go to the profile of Mark Cuddy
about 5 years ago
You shouldn't be concerned about what people think if you wear the same outfit every day because if you wash every day and start off with a clean t-shirt your hygiene isn't going to come into question. It's not as if you're sleeping in the t-shirt. You could have also made the point that you were doing it for a great wake up experiment and get others involved. The people who's hygiene I worry about are people who douse themselves in perfume - what are they covering up? Be free Chris, find a t-shirt that says; Everybody I'm me Rejoice!, and wear it for a week - yeah-yeah! You're based in London (I think) so there will be more interesting people to talk about than a fella who wears a t-shirt for a week at work. Take it easy and no disrespect meant in my comments. Mark
Go to the profile of Fiona Dolben
about 5 years ago
like you Chris I found it difficult to complete this experiment.
Go to the profile of Sarah-Kate Goodwin
about 5 years ago
Iv'e not been able to begin this experiment Chris. Working in a costume department means everyone will notice!!!! or maybe they won't and that really would be a humble lesson learnt!
Go to the profile of Chris Baréz-Brown
about 5 years ago
Totally understand the hesitation on this experiment - meant to simplify lives not complicate. It terms of people noticing, always good to remember people notice a lot less than you think they do. Sadly. We're waking up, so of course, we, on the other hand, notice a lot more!! Nice one Chris, C x