Wow! As of today, I am halfway through my 100 Day Dress Challenge! For 50 days in a row, for at least 8 hours a day, I have worn one dress.
Though I will definitely write a blog post when I finish the 100 days, I thought it would be fun to do a brief summary of what it’s been like so far.
WAY Less Laundry
You would think that wearing the same thing every day would mean more laundry, but a merino wool dress actually means less washing. As I explained in the 100 Day Challenge FAQs post, merino wool doesn’t hold on to odors and is naturally temperature-regulating and moisture-wicking. In 50 days, I’ve only washed the dress three times! Less laundry has meant more time for other activities.
I was a bit worried that I’d get bored, but so far that has not been the case. Not having to decide what to wear every day has been incredibly freeing. Most days, I just wear the dress with a pair of leggings (it’s cold in Philadelphia right now!) and it’s simple and glorious. Having a no muss, no fuss wardrobe is calming and helps me start my day with less decisions.
No One Has Noticed
Many would assume that wearing the same dress every day would be noticed by others, but I’m 50 days in and no one (except the folks who know I’m doing this challenge) has noticed. Apparently, I could have been wearing the same outfit every day my whole adult life, and it would have been fine!
Wearing a Dress Doesn’t Mean Being Uncomfortable
Though I wear dresses semi-regularly, I was worried that wearing a dress rather than pants every day would cramp my style. So far, that has not been the case at all. Wearing leggings/tights underneath means that I can do everything in the dress that I normally would. And even if I wanted to change into workout clothes for a bit and then put the dress on afterwards for the rest of the eight hours, I could– though I haven’t had to do that yet.
An Exercise in Humility
In the Bible, humility is included in a clothing metaphor multiple times:
As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.Colossians 3:12
As I’ve been doing this minimalism experiment, I’ve also been using clothing simplicity as a way to pursue humility. Rather than trying to accomplish something (self-worth, admiration from others, etc.) with my clothes, I’m instead trying to be more humble. This Challenge has become a window into the connection between simplicity and humility for me. I can’t wait to see what the other half of this challenge will be like!
And all of you must clothe yourselves with humility in your dealings with one another, for “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”1 Peter 5:5b
How is God inviting you to pursue humility through simplicity?