This Guy Wore the Same Shirt for 3 Years and Says It Changed His Life

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This Guy Wore the Same Shirt for 3 Years and Says It Changed His Life

When YouTuber Matt D’Avella started experimenting with simple living, his wardrobe felt like an obvious place where he could start downsizing. He got rid of all items of clothing that he hadn’t worn in a year, which left him with just a couple of tried-and-true T-shirts and pairs of jeans. “These were my favorite clothes, these were the things that I wore all the time,” he says.

He soon found that most days, when getting dressed in the morning he would opt for the same T-shirt, and so he decided to simply buy multiple versions of it, investing in 20 shirts of the same design from J.Crew in grey and charcoal. With exceptions like date nights, weddings and other formal occasions, D’Avella wore one of these shirts every day.

One of the first things he learned? Other people don’t care about what you’re wearing. “Most people spend so much time thinking about themselves that they don’t have the time to think about what you’re wearing,” he says. “Did nobody notice because I work from home? Probably. But I do make a lot of YouTube videos, and I found that nobody seemed to care what I was wearing. In fact, because I wear the same shirt every day people came to expect it.”

Over time, another major benefit was that wearing the same thing every day freed up time in the mornings and gave him one less decision to have to make—the same rationale Steve Jobs famously used for wearing his uniform rollneck sweater. Reducing decision fatigue meant that D’Avella had more mental energy and could make higher quality decisions relating to other aspects of his life.

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“You make one decision, one time, and stick to that choice over the long run. When you do this with lots of things in your life, it has a compound effect,” he says. “You decide that you’re going to wake up at 7 a.m. every day, wear the same shirt and pants, eat the same breakfast, follow the same routine. If you had to remake those decisions each day it would begin to wear away at some of the other really important decisions you need to make in your life. Add variety and spontaneity where it matters to you. When you try to reinvent your routines and daily decisions over and over again, you’re doing a lot of work for very little return. When you batch up all of these decisions up-front, you’re making room and mental clarity for the really important decisions in life.”

Of course, for the more aesthetically-minded, figuring out your look for the day is one of life’s important decisions. If so, feel free to disregard.

Philip Ellis is a freelance writer and journalist from the United Kingdom covering pop culture, relationships and LGBTQ+ issues.

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