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My Boyfriend Dressed Himself For A Week And It Went Horribly


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Hey there, I'm Jen. My personal style can be described as "all my clothes are dirty so I'm dressed like a ’90s mom about to pick the kids up from soccer practice, who wants an ice cream sandwich?"


Over the past few months, my colleagues at BuzzFeed have asked their significant others, best friends, parents, brothers, sisters, and children to choose their outfits for a week, so I thought to my lazy self, How can I do something like this without actually doing anything?

And then it hit me: I could document my boyfriend’s outfits for a week and not tell him why! Done. Easy.

• Andrew had to dress himself every day like he usually does.

• Andrew couldn't know about the experiment.

• A BuzzFeed photographer would come to our home and snap a photo of Andrew's outfits for seven days.

• I couldn't tell Andrew why, no matter how confused he became.

Taylor Miller / BuzzFeed

Jen's thoughts on Monday: My photographer friend, Taylor, came over to take Andrew's photo right after we finished breakfast. Lucky for us, Andrew had already gotten dressed for the day. He chose a checkered shirt with dark jeans. I love this outfit!

Andrew's thoughts on Monday: Jen told me to type something here about the photo above. She said "it's for work," then made finger guns and winked. All I remember is that I was washing dishes and looked up to see someone pointing a camera at me. I asked what he was doing and Jen shooed him out of our apartment.

Taylor Miller / BuzzFeed

Jen's thoughts on Tuesday: Ah, the classic white button-down! I love pretty much everything Andrew wears, so it's super easy to comment on these outfits. A+, great job, keep up the good work.

Andrew's thoughts on Tuesday: Again. "Write something about the photo." What is this? I was brushing my teeth. Heard the shower curtain pulled to the side and the flicker of a camera shutter. Same guy, pointing his camera at me. I bent over to spit out the toothpaste and when I stood up he was gone.

Taylor Miller / BuzzFeed

Jen's thoughts on Wednesday: Navy blue polo and gray pants? I'm into it! If you're wondering, I had to be in this photo to reassure Taylor, the photographer, that he's allowed in our apartment, because Andrew was getting mad.

Andrew's thoughts on Wednesday: Okay, it's getting weirder. The same guy has been here every day. Doesn't really say anything. Just snaps photos. I asked them both what this is for. Jen and the photographer simply moved their eyebrows up and down suggestively at me.

Taylor Miller / BuzzFeed

Jen's thoughts on Thursday: I gave Taylor a key to our apartment so he could get this full-body shot of Andrew on our way home on Thursday. Great job, Taylor! Here we have some navy shorts paired with a Grateful Dead shirt that Andrew bought at a concert last month. A great outfit for a bike ride.

Andrew's thoughts on Thursday: Jen thinks I'm writing about the photo but I'm actually googling "privacy laws" and "affordable locksmiths in NYC."

Taylor Miller / BuzzFeed

Jen's thoughts on Friday: Andrew spent Friday repeating his outfit from Monday. Taylor even caught him pulling the checkered button-down out of the hamper. It's still a great outfit, and I probably wouldn't have even noticed if not for this experiment. I'm learning a lot about Andrew, and I feel like it's bringing us closer together.

Andrew's thoughts on Friday: I just scrolled up even though Jen told me not to. Closer togeth— what? No. This is insane. I think I finally need to put a stop to this.

Taylor Miller / BuzzFeed

Jen's thoughts on Saturday: Lurve this lopook! I widsh he'd wear thiss shirt more oftem, is a greaat one!!1!

Andrew's thoughts on Saturday: I tried to talk to Jen, but she kept responding to everything I said by taking a shot of tequila and going "'Eyyyyyyyy!" like Fonzi. Eventually I had to leave the room. I think this is the last straw.

Taylor Miller / BuzzFeed

Jen's thoughts on Sunday: When Taylor told me he "got Andrew on the way out," I thought he meant "out of the apartment," not "out of my life with all of his clothes in a suitcase." I've always been a big fan of that gray hoodie and I'll miss it a lot. Check out that pop of color in the pocket!

Andrew's thoughts on Sunday: This is still Jen typing. Andrew hasn't come home yet, but I did find a note scribbled on the back of a private detective's business card: "Going to crash on my friend's couch for a little while. I've got some thinking to do."

Jen's final thoughts: What I've learned from this experiment? It's pretty easy to get dressed if you're a man with some great wardrobe staples, and even easier to pack them all up to move out.

Andrew's final thoughts: If Andrew were here, I'm sure he'd say he learned a lot from this experiment, and that when it comes to his personal style, he normally sticks to blues, whites, grays, and T-shirts you can buy in concert parking lots.

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