I Blindfolded Myself Then Picked Out an Outfit, Here’s What I Look Like

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by Leandra Medine
September 3, 2014
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Have you ever known closet bliss? I have not but I dream about it 3/7 nights a week. I wouldn’t be so assuming as to think that you are particularly starved to experience the same kinds of dreams but in the event that you are, you must first understand what closet bliss is. And while you might suppose it is a room full of decadent stuff, that is not the case. One might even argue that to achieve closet bliss is to know the opposite of a crowded closet. Figure this: you blindfold yourself, you look, of course without actually looking, into your closet, you pull out 3-5 (or 7-8! Whatever) garments and learn that once you’ve removed the blindfold from your eyes, what sits in a pile before you is exactly what you hoped you’d be wearing. This infers a wardrobe so comprehensively streamlined you can literally get dressed with your freaking eyes closed.

I aspire toward this.

I like to think I work toward it.

But the last time I tested whether I’ve been able to carry out closet bliss, what I came out with was the first 9 photos in this slideshow and as you see them now, they should point toward nothing more, nothing less than an over-effusive child’s jaunt through her own closet, her mother’s closet, who peaked sometime in the late 70s, her dog-training brother’s closet and her sister’s closet. I guess you should know that her sister still wears diapers. But that her mother doesn’t believe in utilizing layers and layers of sheets and so she recycles.

So what gives? I like to think that I know myself soooooooo well, I would never so much as allow a garment to permeate my closet if we hadn’t socially invested in a human-to-thread marriage and I don’t think I’m wrong, I just think that maybe my idea of closet bliss is flawed. Because I will likely never be the girl who has 75 pairs of the same jeans and 15 of the same sweater, 20 of the same white shirt and some shoes that run a gamut extensive enough to pair properly with the aforementioned. I’m just too weird.

This concept could only be further propelled by pictorial evidence as demonstrated in the last nine images of this slideshow, which are supposed to portray what I hoped would have emerged from a blind outfit-picking session.

I urge you to try this at home. Use the clothes you come up with to gauge your personal eccentricity. Then wear it out and wear it well because it is FASHUN WEEK.

REPLIES
  • http://Medium.com/@hager_emma Emma Hager

    I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately because I always talk about wanting to eventually have a “uniform.” I’ve even tried it for, like, a week, and it just wasn’t for me. All it takes is a little push from a movie, book, photograph, you name it, and Poof! the uniform idea just slowly recedes into the past. For me, it’s just not sustainable because when it comes to my own wardrobe, I don’t have the same garment in volumes. Nor do I have loyalty for any one look.

    Fashion schizophrenia is fun!!!!!

    P.S. Outfit two actually looks great. They both do, save for the potential menace of having two different shoe heights in outfit one.

    • http://JESSJOYCEJ.WORDPRESS.COM/ Jessica Joyce

      Same! The uniform thing didn’t exactly work out since my attitude was changing almost everyday. Now that I think about it, it is a bit schizophrenic…in a great way.

    • Ajnira Muminovic

      Yes my mum recently told me to stop blogging because my style is to scattered one day I’m a girly girl next day Im a boy. And I love it that way its different and its fun. My bf also thinks that I dress like a poor woman, because of the patterns, once more I dont rlly care. As you have said Fashion schizophrenia is fun!!!!! xxx majnira.com

  • THA MOOOOK

    OMG this is so great!! You should also know that I know Nikki Lowe love’s what you do and she’s probably gonna see this so I better say HI BABES I LOVE YOU OK BYE

  • GapToothedGirl

    I will definitely try this at home… I don’t read the “don’t try this at home” warning so…

    XOX, Gap.

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  • Blue Labels Boutique

    With the exception of the shoes…the outfit looks great!

    http://www.bluelabelsboutique.com

  • http://alcessa.wordpress.com/ alcessa

    I bet your finger tips recognized my favorite shoes you wear quite often (outfit 1) immediately :-)

  • http://currentlywearing.com/ Currently Wearing

    I think it is beyond hilarious! And I love both your outfits! It is so unpredictable and I will definitely try this myself:-)

    XX

    Miri

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  • Camilla Ackley

    I think closet bliss is a tad easier to attain when you have a monochromatic wardrobe, and is otherwise, a sartorial unicorn. But we all need a goal, and getting dressed with my eyes closed would save about an hour a day of my life that I could spend eating so it’s a pretty good goal.

    P.S I actually dig that first outfit, funky shoe heights semi-included.

    x Camilla

  • ee_by_cc

    I adore that you like to create experiments based on your personal musings. Having come from a science background, I’m a big fan of testing out hypotheses of all types.

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    • http://Medium.com/@hager_emma Emma Hager

      Science rules!!!!!!!

      • ee_by_cc

        Weird Science rules the most!

  • http://www.littlewildheart.com Alexandra Puffer

    I think that dresses really stop me from having a uniform- I’ve picked each one so carefully, and love them so fully- but the styles and colors and lengths have so much range – paired with a cardigan and different shoes/etc. it truly stops me from settling into a predictable groove. Everyday I’m pretty blindly looking for something to throw over my head and pairing it with a cute and contrasting compliment.

    Warm Regards,
    Alexandra
    http://www.littlewildheart.com

  • Alejandra

    Hi I’m in NY this weekend and I really need a haircut… some fashion advice would be nice too. (I’m not asking you to suggest somewhere for me to go, Im asking you to cut my hair)

    • Alejandra

      Btw, based on the first 9 images I can assure you’ve reached fashion nirvana a.k.a. closet bliss.

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  • Natali

    I wish I would be able to look this chic and stylish without the blindfold! You’re just amazing woman, everything you do is just a huge ball of inspiration!

    http://lartoffashion.blogspot.com

  • http://www.fashionsnag.com/ Fashion Snag

    I feel the same way as Emma! I am so easily influenced by movies, books, etc. It is fun to try different looks despite wanting to find your uniform.

    http://www.FashionSnag.com

  • http://coocooforcoco.blogspot.com/ Colleen

    I would be terrified to try this. I just have too many weird things like pink sequin hot pants…which I will NEVER get rid of. Streamlined closets are overrated. What if there’s a costume party????

    • Leandra Medine

      wait. now you need to try it and then send in a picture!

  • http://exploringwardrobes.blogspot.co.uk/ exploringwardrobes

    They’re kinda great in the way they’re kinda wrong. I have too many statement pieces, if I attempted a blindfolded outfit I’d look like an extra in the eighties film Mannequin.

    http://exploringwardrobes.blogspot.co.uk/

  • JoeJoeBarker

    Yeah me too as for me i don’t have a lot of clothes to choose from but i mix and match what i can to make the same look a different one every time at least that’s what i feel like anyway !!

  • http://adeliberateimagination.wordpress.com/ CJKEYS2

    I double dog dare you to up the challenge: instead of putting the clothes on, put them in a suitcase, zip it shut, get on a plane, and make outfits from the random selections throughout your trip. Maybe it will include undergarments, maybe it won’t.

  • charmystique

    Love both outfits, though the first one’s potentially going to be really tiring to walk around in, due to the different shoe heights. Can I just emphasize how AMAZING your gams look Leandra! TDF!

    http://charmystique.blogspot.com/

  • monkeyshines

    brilliant styling, creative!

    http://monkeyshines-monkeyshines.blogspot.com

  • http://mxpstyle.com/ Michelle

    #fashunweek YES. tbh, I don’t think the outfits look half bad! Minus that thing around the neck in the first 9 images (is that the blindfold?) and the mismatching shoes… but eh, details!

    — Michelle | MXP STYLE

  • Cristina Feather

    I love the idea! Definitely will try this at home, even though I’m not so sure about going outside dressed in my “experiment outfit”. And let the fashion craziness begin!! #fashunweek :))

  • lala

    Even blindfolded, you put together an outfit 1093638 times better than me.

    • Laura

      Yeah, the first outfit is actually very nice. In my opinion, you just should have worn both Prada sandals and different sunglasses (well, and lose the blindfold, haha) and it would have been great, so you are not that far from closet bliss! :)

  • wilddarts

    even by blindfolding herself and picking out an outfit she looks fricken insane as usual! LOVE YOU LEANDRA!!

  • http://praypartyscream.tumblr.com PRAYPARTYSCREAM

    This was so much fun! It was literally 10 minutes of me just first trying to get around my room, then after complete darkness, some type of inspiration occurred! I based everything off of the fabrics! Also by putting on my necklace on my arm as a bracelet..only because it was easier to do with my eyes close!

  • Em F

    Am going to try this, will be very interesting!

  • http://www.marysreturn.com/ María

    Incredible!!! I love the idea! You are stylish even blindfolded hahah
    Lots of love, xx

    http://www.marysreturn.com
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  • Shira Y

    I actually like the first look! :)

  • HollYo

    Your writing and personal style inspire me everyday. You got big balls, and I like it. Love the outfits!

  • Aliza

    I’m totally trying this.

  • http://ggconfidential.com/ Eve

    I get it. It’s a closet StumbleUpon.

  • http://www.lezu.com/ L’ezu

    We kind of love the first look… but maybe just choose either heels or flats to avoid tripping #lol … http://www.LEZU.com

  • Elizabeth Buchan-Kimmerly

    You don’t need 25 pairs of the same jeans. You just need to do the laundry.
    I settled into a uniform/rut when I was working. Black pants, white shirt, interesting jacket. I think I have 20 or more jackets but only two pairs of pants.