The Evolution of a Single Outfit in Mirror Selfies
03.21.17

Getting dressed is a volatile experience; sometimes it’s so easy you don’t even realize you’re doing it, while other times you might find yourself hunched over and frustrated, staring into a stockpile of stuff that makes you feel guilty about thinking that you have nothing to wear. On one such guilty morning, I observed the outfit evolution process — how the first thing I put on became another thing, which became another, which kept changing until I finally landed on an outfit that was completely different from the first one I put on. It’s cool how that happens, no? You start with a single idea of what you want to wear/say and, in the pile that accumulates next to your mirror over the course of the subsequent 15 (hectic-ass) minutes, that completely changes. Sometimes you can detect the change immediately while other times, you’re not even aware that it happened.

Last Monday, it started for me with a sweater and leggings (this is always the first thing I put on — sometimes just to hang out at home, other times to go out and get a coffee.)

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But the sun was beating down my back through the window, which made me feel like surely I wouldn’t need tights. So I kept the socks, added a dress and changed out the sneakers for flats.

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Then I realized I was being extremely impractical — we were looking at a daily high of 31 degrees Fahrenheit (the next day, eight inches of snow were expected). So I added a checkered jacket and pants.

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But the dress was too short for this outfit — it didn’t look intentional enough — so I put on a longer shirtdress, and because now there was so much fabric, changed into a short (but still comfortable) heel.

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The thing is, 31 degrees is cold! And I’m crazy about hygge, so maybe I need to wear a sweater over the shirtdress and take off the pants. But if I do that, I probably need a more structured, adult shoe — like a shin-length boot. Singular.

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Nah, who am I kidding, that’s not my look. Oh! My zebra skirt, I am dying to wear my zebra skirt.

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But this looks ridiculous, maybe pair with a striped turtleneck and MR loafers?

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But that defeats the purpose of staying wa — HOW ABOUT LEOPARD-PRINT BOOTS! How many relics of the animal kingdom can I incorporate into a single outfit?

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Still too cold. Need pants. This a good sweater over this turtleneck.

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This works! Haven’t worn these boots since last winter, either. But wait, the checkered pants from earlier will catch the piping on this sweater really nicely.

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I’ll just add some suede boots, a pair of sunglasses to catch the cuffs on my jacket sleeves and a green, satin clutch.

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Perfect.

Photos by Leandra Medine.

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