I have never been much of an outfit planner. How I will look that day generally coalesces as I stand bleary-eyed, freshly showered, and angrily pre-coffee in front of my mess of a closet. Some days, I feel really awesome about taking on the world and embracing my full potential, so I carefully pick and choose between seersucker skirts, black slacks, and tight, dark denim. This post is about those other days ““ the days when, for whatever reason, I just can’t be arsed to care about what I’m going to wear.
Generally speaking, on those days, I really can let my lack of arse-itude guide my sartorial choices. This is one of the perks of not having any sort of dress code match or professionalism to aspire to. Who knew it could be so convenient to straight up not GAF. But I’ve started noticing that when I just don’t care about my outfit, there are a few pieces of clothing that I return to time after time, things that make me look effortlessly passable. Clean plain T-shirts, nice slacks or jeans, neutral colors, all that jazz works to make me feel like I’m really getting dressed, even though I’m not giving it much energy.
And I really need that. Sometimes, work, life, pets, the pursuit and maintenance of happiness and an optimistic outlook can really take a toll on a person. There are some days where my mental energy feels amazingly limited, and I don’t want to drain it with choices that are maybe mostly inconsequential. So in response, I have me a “Just DGAF Day” outfit that I bust out in times of trouble.
Step one ““ underpants and a my-flesh-tone bra. Not everyone is going to want or need these, but they’re crucial for me. The underpants are just on this list so I don’t forget them. The flesh-tone (my flesh tone) bra is here because once you leave the house wearing a pale yellow t-shirt and bright cobalt blue bra, you quickly learn the value of unobtrusive colors on days where checking the outfit in a mirror is not a priority.
Step two ““ Extremely comfortable but surprisingly nice-looking pants. For me, this is either a pair of quality jeans or this great stretchy pair of black slacks. Both of them make me feel like a blanket is hugging my legs. In a good way, mind you, not in an, “Ah! My bed is trying to eat me my feet are tangled!!” sort of way.
Step three ““ Clean V-neck T-shirt. I have these in so many colors and patterns, well, OK not patterns, I have them in a lot of stripes. With a neutral bottom, it doesn’t so much matter which shirt I pick so I grab whichever one’s closest. And! If I plan ahead with the bra, it doesn’t even matter if it is light yellow or white or whatever. Heaven knows, anything goes!
Step four ““ A cardigan. Just in case every business has the AC cranked up to 11. Like a Boy Scout, I always come prepared. It is a lot more casual than a jacket or some sort of thoughtful layers, but it’s easy to grab, and looks pretty OK almost all the time.
Step five ““ Flats. Some people feel best in heels, but for me, on days where I just DGAF, I have to go with flats. Sometimes, I choose a solid shoe, but I’d be lying if I pretended that 98% of the time, I didn’t go for my old Vans which are now falling apart at the heel. It’s a bit sloppy, but the rest of the outfit looks good, and let me remind you, today is the day that I just DGAF.
There it is. The simplest recipe for looking moderately presentable without having to put too much time, thought, effort, or planning into the gig. Other people will have different suggestions ““ maybe a pencil skirt instead of the slacks? Maybe a go-to button-up blouse up top? Why don’t you tell me? What about you? What’s the simplest, easiest, least energy and time consuming outfits you go to when you need to?