Broke, not a big shopper, and having recently gained some weight following a difficult divorce, technical support specialist Jim Belmont of New York City has been wearing the same long-sleeved, pastel-colored button-down shirt and nondescript gray trousers - some of the few garments that still fit him - for over three weeks now, thus far to no comment from his coworkers.
"It started when I was having a really hectic week," he explained. "It was too much trouble to sort through my closet to find stuff that still fit, so I started just grabbing the same thing every day."
Jim washed the shirt and trousers over the weekend and, relieved to find that they hadn't shrunk too much, decided not to mess with a good thing the following week. He wondered at first what his coworkers would have to say about his showing up every day in exactly the same outfit as the day before, only to find that no one seemed to notice.
"I've always felt pretty invisible at work, and this pretty much confirmed it," said Jim. "But invisibility has its benefits."
In case you're wondering, it's not Jim's imagination that no one's noticed what he's been wearing. When asked whether he'd noticed anything in particular about Jim's attire of late, Jim's manager, Bruce Sisk, replied, "Our office policy is business casual, and I've never seen Jim deviate from that. He's totally fine there."
On the theory that perhaps one of his female colleagues might be more fashion-cognizant, the same question was posed to Jim's coworker, Tabitha Jones. She responded, "Jim? Who's Jim?" Upon being informed that Jim is the teammate who sits in the cubicle adjacent to hers, Tabitha looked puzzled. "Really? I thought his name was Steve."
Despite his best intentions, Jim's efforts to shed his excess weight haven't yet proven successful, and he's even put on a few more pounds. For that reason, he's begun avoiding laundering his go-to shirt and slacks. "Just to be safe," he said. "For now."
And in the meantime, Jim says that he plans to stuck with the outfit that's been doing the job for him at work for almost a month now. "Like I said, I hate to shop. And my credit cards are all maxed out. Child support, you know? It's a bitch."