Theme Me is a daily blog documenting a personal challenge to dress up to a different theme every day for a whole year. Starting on my 26th birthday I decided to take this on for a couple of reasons, the main being that I love costumes. My friends have always dubbed me the costume queen for the amount of effort that I put into every outfit I’ve created over the years. This love even affected my everyday style so much so that a workmate once commented: “Mary, for you, it’s like every day is costume day.”
Even before I started this blog I wouldn’t throw out an item of clothing or a prop if I thought I’d be able to use it for a costume. Basically, I’ve been preparing for this my entire life (watch this space…in five years I’ll be on ‘Hoarders’).
Most people have regular hobbies – reading, writing, dancing, playing sports – but I always received most enjoyment from creating a really funny costume. I get a sick satisfaction from a person approaching me to tell me how cool my costume is.
The idea originally came to me last Christmas. Every day for the last week of the work year, I decided to get into the festive spirit by dressing up in an array of green and red clothing. One day, I overheard a few colleagues discussing which of my outfits had been their favourite. It was the first time I realised how much my crazy antics (which bring me personal joy and help keep my creative juices flowing) also entertained the people around me. I then thought of The Uniform Project, where a girl pledged to style a black dress differently everyday for 365 days as an exercise in sustainable fashion, and it all just came together. When I joked to them that I was going to start a blog where I would dress up differently everyday for a whole year, they thought it was hilarious. And just like that, a blog was born.