Fashion contradictions are palpable every September and October, when 80-degree days collide with 50-degree fronts and sandals bump boots on the morning commute.
But irony hangs even heavier in the air this year, with the approach of a second round of what started as a double dare between Kenosha native Heidi Hackemer, who works in advertising in New York, and colleague Tamsin Davies. Through Twitter and Facebook banter, the two became intrigued by the notion of a uniform — as a means of enhancing creativity.
“My friend and I got into a conversation about how much superfluous time we spend on what we wear,” Hackemer, 31, said. “We were looking at Tom Ford and Steve Jobs, who have these uniforms that remove that stress from their life. Tamsin Davies said, ‘Do you want to wear one outfit for a year?’ I said, ‘Are you crazy? No!'”
Reasoning their way to six items or less, Hackemer and Davies pledged themselves to that number of garments for 31 days. Exceptions and exclusions applied, including undergarments, pajamas, workout clothes — “items we wear out of necessity,” Hackemer said — as well