Its Black and White, With Some Room for Grey


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Tizzy Brown
Barretender at Pure Barre DC

Almost one year ago exactly I read an article in Harper’s Bazaar about Matilda Kahl, an art director at an ad firm in New York who has been wearing the same outfit every day for 3 years: black pants and white blouse. In the article, and in subsequent interviews I listened to on WNYC, the author describes level of simplicity this simply style change has made in her life. Throughout her busy, fast-paced, and hectic life, her clothes became one thing she did not have to worry about. Sure, she would still go shopping and look for the right top to go with her favorite black skinnies, but she no longer had to examine each item and weigh whether or not they would fit in with the rest of her look. She wore black pants and white top, and that was that.

I was fascinated by this article. I also, while reading, distinctly heard my friends voice in my head saying, “Black skinny jeans… that’s your look.” It is my look! Why would I try and hide that? I’ve been wearing almost exclusively black skinny jeans since my junior year of high school, because when I’m wearing skin tight, high-waisted skinnies, that’s when I feel my best. The conclusion of one of the interviews had a call to arms for listeners to try this method for one week: wear the same outfit every day. A year later, I’m happy I did.

Now I am not quite as militant as Ms. Kahl. I do wear dresses and will through gray and even, on occasion, red into the mix, but I’ve been wearing nearly exclusively black and white for a year. This includes my work clothes, my going out clothes, and all of my workout clothes. In every aspect of my life, if I’m taking barre or spin or running into a meeting or at the bar with my friends, I am basically wearing the same outfit. Just as Kahl describes in her article, it had made my life so much easier!

From my previous posts, I’m sure you gather that I’m rather busy. I work a million jobs and take my time “off” to do any activity I can. While I constantly looking for the next thing I’m going to do with my life, my day, my lunch, picking out my outfits is just not something I really have to worry about anymore. Its black or its white, with some room for grey.

I encourage you to try it! You don’t have to be East Coast City like me and choose to dress like you’re going to a very casual funeral everyday, but try to simplify your wardrobe for a week! It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you’re not worried about clothes!

To shop this look, head over the shop!

Pictured: StrutThis Stella – White Ash Leggings, Emi Jay – Haute Yoga tank

Q&A with Barre Girl Founder, Mary Bier


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