What first inspired this?
I work in the fashion industry, which means I’m constantly running around going from one event to another, changing outfits in between. One day, I simply got tired of having the pressure to look different everywhere I went. This is when I thought, “why do I have to choose something new for every event, what if I chose to wear the same thing every time.” Choice doesn’t always have to mean choosing something new, and it has been totally liberating choosing NOT to choose.
When did you first read Marie Kondo’s book? What significance does it have for you now?
I read it about a year ago when my mom gave it to me and it really came to mind when I was picking out which outfit I would be wearing for so long. Marie Kondo mentions in her book that before getting rid of something you should hold it and really think if it gives you joy. This is what I did when picking an outfit and what I think everyone should do when shopping.
What surprised you the most about wearing the same outfit every day?
I expected to get a lot of criticism from people for wearing the same thing for so many days. Repeating an outfit has sort of become a taboo in our society—God forbid you wore the same outfit twice, right? Not necessarily! With this project, I learned that people don’t really care about what you’re wearing. Wearing something with confidence stands out more than wearing the latest fashion trend. I’m not saying people shouldn’t buy on trend, but simply to shop consciously and buy what makes you feel good and empowered.
Were there any challenges you faced during the #OneDressToImpress project?
Two months is a long time and with one more to go, I’m definitely starting to miss wearing other things. I used to match my outfit to my mood every day and now even if I’m feeling lazy or just want a discrete outfit, I don’t have that choice.