Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017
What is a rut?
It’s wearing the same style and handful of clothes over and over again with minimal thought or creativity. Day in. Day out.
Sounds terrible, right?
What if I told you the same description could be more charitably called a uniform? Or by extension, rounding up all of the clothes that you wear during a rut could be considered a capsule?
A rut is the anti-excess, anti-consumerism movement without the marketing or pretence. It’s actually not a bad thing. You’d never hear otherwise in a magazine though, because how do you sell products to people if being in a rut is considered alright? You can’t.
Part of the reason why I haven’t posted anything new lately is because I’m currently in a rut. Every workday I wear the same thing: a work polo, jeans, a fleece and a pair of flats. My polos fit with all of my jeans. All of my jeans are hemmed for flats. Most days I wear the same black Northface fleece to take the chill out of the office air conditioning. It matches all of my clothes. There is no thought required, it all works.
It makes for terrible blogging, but frees what little mental capacity I currently have for other things. That day in the life post I did a little while back? That’s basically my life at the moment. If I catch up on laundry, I’m behind on food. If I catch up on food, I’m physically exhausted. If I catch up on sleep, I’m behind on laundry. I’m sure I’m not alone in this. As unpopular as the concept is, a rut is what I need at the moment.
When trying to move away from fast fashion, a lot of thinking and research is involved. If not thought and research, then time searching the racks in consignment shops. When the energy to do those things isn’t there, what do you do? You do nothing.
Rut’s aren’t inherently bad. Ruts are misunderstood. The current one is giving me more time to think.