Whenever my grandpa described his journey as an indentured servant from Puerto Rico to Michigan 60 years ago, he highlighted three facts:

  1. He brought enough money to bribe a foreman to drive him to a bus stop and escape his duties as a farmhand.
  2. His trip to the mainland US was initially temporary, for some of his fellow travelers simply wanted to make enough money to take back to their families. On the flight back, the plane crashed and killed most of his former coworkers.
  3. He brought a lot of clothes to America. (He liked to tell this part with gusto.)

I’ve learned two things from listening to his story: My grandfather was once a swaggy island dude, and he intended for our family to be more than servants.

Sixty years after my grandpa’s escape from poverty in search of a better life—and even more clothes—my cousin Jason, a Vineyard pastor, and I chatted in a hospital waiting room while my dad recovered from surgery. While we discussed ministry and relationships, I described my newest life change, a change sure to make me iconic and more successful: I had recently purchased six of the same Levis shirts and pants to wear every weekday. I jumped on the life uniform bandwagon.

“Dude,” Jason interjected, “I’ve been doing that for two years now. I wear this every day.” He motioned toward his black V-neck T-shirt. “I’ve got a bunch of these, and it’s all I wear. This is my life uniform.”

A Simpler Life

The life uniform movement stresses wearing the same clothing or the same type of clothing every day.

Bloggers like Eric Ravenscraft praise life uniforms’ ability to help people increase their work productivity. This part of the ...

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