Why I Adopted a Life Uniform and How It Helped Me Live a Simpler Life.

Updated: Jan 9, 2018

If you've known me long enough, you know that I live in black from head-to-toe and it has been in recent months that I've only explicitly lived in black dresses. I adopted this life uniform by wearing the same rotation of clothes back in mid-2016 where I successfully wore all black 98% of the year. This is when I learned that it not only makes me all gushy happy inside but it's practically changed my life for the better.

Here are three reasons you should try minimizing your wardrobe to just a rotation of clothes (and if you're daring, the SAME outfit for at least a week.)

  1. You have one less decision. Think about all the things you have to think about during the day. Imagine if one of the first few choices in the morning can be taken away — black dress it is!

  2. No one gives a sh*t. If you're worried about someone catching you wearing the same dress, then they obviously need to be doing something else with their time if they have that much time to notice your outfit. Trust me, no one will see.

  3. Exercise minimalism. It helps you decide what matters. There was a day where I completely took apart my closet and donated 75% of what I owned and only kept the ones that mattered - which seemed to be all black dresses.

Think of Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg - while their success wasn't based on their choice of clothing, they certainly have one less decision to make. (No, I'm not comparing myself to them. They're just a great example.)

Okay, I get the whole wearing the same outfit. But why all black?

It's slimming (I mean if that's not already enough of a reason...)

  1. Black goes with everything.

  2. It's a multipurpose color. Job interview? Hosting an event? Attending an event? Teaching? Speaking? Done.

  3. It's chic. You're never overdressed or underdressed.

  4. Most importantly, it allows me to express my personality. I know that almost seems backwards, but here hear me out. When my clothes aren't the ones doing the talking - I am. What better way to express myself then through me!

Final Thoughts?

I am the happiest and most comfortable when I'm in all black. Obviously, this doesn't mean that I won't pop in a color or a completely different look every once in a blue moon...but I'll leave it to Yohji Yamamoto to close off this post. It's one of my favorite quotes about the color black.

Black is modest and arrogant at the same time. Black is lazy and easy -- but mysterious. But above all black says this: "I don't bother you -- don't bother me."
- Yohji Yamamoto

Do you have a life uniform? What is your go-to outfit?