For the past six Mondays of summer clinicals, I have been engaging in “The Monday Experiment.” It is very similar to my “10 Items or Less” challenge back in October 2011, in which I wore the same 10 pieces of clothing for the entire month of October. That challenge did two things for me: (1) It helped me to get really creative with my clothes to keep from utter boredom with the same 10 items and (2) It taught me how little other people actually do pay attention to or care about what we wear. However for The Monday Experiment I wore the exact same base outfit every single Monday for 6 consecutive weeks–black capris and a white button-up shirt.
The reason for this experiment is that I have a lovely coworker who complains about the lack of variety in her wardobe. She is also working out with a trainer and reshaping her body, so she doesn’t want to buy new clothes during this transition phase. I told her that she just needed a few staple pieces and the rest was all about accessorizing. Although I do believe that to be true, I started pondering how difficult that might be with the same outfit. So…I decided to put my money where my mouth was and see if I could create 6 different looks with one basic outfit. I’m pretty sure that no one, students and faculty alike, figured out that I was wearing the same thing every Monday. (See note about how little other people actually care about what we wear).
- I hate taking these kinds of photos. Please know that this is all kind of awkward for me. However, I think you get the idea better if clothes are on me rather than just flat and two dimensional on the floor or hanger.
- Capris–are they in style or not? If you google that very question, you will find varying opinions. I will say that my pair of capris is several years old and while they may still be in style technically, I think we can all probably agree that ankle length, skinnier pants are more in vogue. I wore capris because I had them, they are a neutral black, and I can wear different shoes with them. I have two pairs of black pants–one for heels, one for flats, and I wanted to be authentic and keep THE SAME pair of bottoms for every Monday. However, as a result of this experiment, I have decided that the capris will be donated tomorrow.
Here is the basic outfit on Monday #1: Black pants, white top, black/grey/crystal necklace, and black peeptoe pumps
Other Monday cardigan outfits. In the summer with the a/c on, it’s always chilly inside (plus Wisconsin mornings are cool). On the left: red 3/4 sleeve cardigan, multicolor infinity scarf, red slingback heels. On the right: hot pink 3/4 sleeve cardigan, pink statement necklace, hot pink slingback flats
Monday fun with jackets! On the left: denim jacket, red necklace, leopard print pumps. On the right:multicolored jacket in greens and blue, black peeptoe pumps
And lastly, today: multicolored headscarf in pinks, yellows, greens, and blues, bright green multi-strand necklace, and hot pink slingback flats. I also included the (awkward) close-up because the first picture was taken in haste and you can’t really see the scarf, plus my necklace was draped weirdly around my boob.
So there you have it–6 looks, one outfit! (And most of the jackets, accessories, and cardigans, as well as the pink shoes were all from the thrift store. Boo-yah!)
And anyone how knows me, knows that I adore Tim Gunn, so I’ll end with this quote even though it has nothing to do with this post. It’s just good common sense fashion advice.