Uniforms: Just Don't Do It
Yasmeen Gharnit, social media editor, @yazzysjazzy
Reason No. 1: Admit It—You're Pretty Moody
If you're one of those people who miraculously feels the same emotions every single day, then congratulations: you're probably an alien. For the rest of us, every day brings something different to the table, whether it's pure joy, confusion, sadness, or a combination of all three. You should embrace that vulnerability and unexpectedness—it makes life exciting. And you should dress according to the way you're feeling that day.
Not every day needs to be a tee and jeans day—sometimes you can go super-cozy and throw on some sweats and slides, and other times you can dress to the nines in a ballgown, leather skirt, or suit. Dress in whatever makes you (or whoever you are on that day) feel the best.
Reason No. 2: Life's Nothing Without a Little Experimentation
If you never tried sushi, how would you know you liked it? And if you never went to go see Get Out, you wouldn't have spent days contemplating the way traditional social and cultural norms deeply impact every aspect of modern-day society. You might as well try out different looks and see if you like them. If you feel uncomfortable, that's okay—you put yourself out there—but you just might be pleasantly surprised when you learn something new about yourself (oh, and also find your next go-to look).
Reason No. 3: You Should Challenge Yourself
If you're anything like me, you put off doing your laundry until the very last second. And while it's sometimes a bummer when I want to wear a certain dress somewhere, it always brings clothing that I forgot I even owned back into the mix. Usually they're pieces I haven't worn in months (dare I say years)—or pieces that still have the tag on because they didn't end up fitting into my style as much as I thought they once would—but I'm forced to get creative and make them work. And you know what? They actually end up becoming my favorite outfits. If my wardrobe was all filled with the same stuff, that opportunity would never arise, and life would be a snooze. Do yourself a favor and live every single day like it's laundry day.
Want to Make Your Life Easier? It's Time for a Uniform.
Stefan Marolachakis, senior editor, @stefanmymind
Reason No. 1: You Have Enough Decisions to Make
Every morning when I wake up, I feed the cat, put on a pot of coffee, and then walk the dog. Everything is pretty self-explanatory until it's time to make breakfast—then the questions begin. Should I listen to an album that'll get me fired up for the day? Or should I download the latest episode of the New York Times podcast, so I'm up to speed on global affairs? Then I need to decide what to eat.
Decision stacks on top of decisions all day long. And if you're like me, it's easy to derail the day by turning a small decision into a meandering, endless side road. One way to cure this: limit the number of choices you have to make each day by automating as much of your routine as possible.
Reason No. 2: Your Look Can Be Reduced to...a Formula
It all started with my sock drawer. I realized I had 15 pairs of black socks—each slightly different. It was totally pointless and turned every laundry day into a weird, mind-bending puzzle. The solution: pick the socks you like the most, buy a bunch of those, and get rid of the rest. You'll never have to fold your socks again! It's a life-changing thing, I tell you. If you're really bold, do the same for your underwear.
If you decide to expand this philosophy to the rest of your clothes, you'll find yourself basically stumbling onto a hyper-individualized look in no time. And having a look can be fun—plus, having a steady style makes the little added flourishes, when you decide to break them out, all the more potent.
Reason No. 3: It'll Help You Clean Up Your Act
The best part about having a uniform is that, with so much less time spent sorting, folding and trying things on, it takes a lot less time to clean up—which means you'll end up tidying up your place more often. You'll get out of the house more quickly, and you'll have more mental bandwidth to focus on the bigger decisions of the day. So, find your uniform and leave less up to chance: you'll feel more relaxed, your house will look better, and so will you.