Dress the same
Week forty three in 'wake up'
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.