The other day I realized I had a "I don't give a fuck" shirt. I was going out to this bar/lounge to meet a friend. We were going to get a couple drinks, but we acknowledged that it was very possible nothing would come of the evening. Sometimes you go out saying, "I am going out and getting drunk/dancing/partying tonight" in which case you know you're going to bounce around no matter what happens. But sometimes you have a couple options, but if something happens and those plans fall through, or become cumbersome, you're willing to bag the evening and go home.
So this was the latter situation. And I went in my closet to get something to wear and saw this shirt I purchased, but have never worn. As I put the shirt on it felt very empowering looking in the mirror and thinking, "whatever, I dont' give a fuck!"
Do other people have "I don't give a fuck" shirts ... or pants/jeans?
It's very similar to "laundry day" clothes. On laundry day you might find me in the laundromat wearing some burlap sweater I got in 89 and tighty-whities. Another "I don't give a fuck" ensemble. But the laundry day outfit is different because you're not expecting to see anyone other than fellow laundromat patrons. The "I don't give a fuck" shirt is a choice. There's something empowering about its position. That there's a bottom [to your wardrobe], and you control it. You can choose to give less than your best effort and people have to just accept it.
During the evening my friend and I did end up talking to some ladies, and I might have been even more carefree and recklessly jovial than normal. I didn't give a fuck. I didn't need to say it explicitly. My shirt said it for me. Later on in the evening I saw a lady-friend who saw my shirt and asked, "did you actually wear that out???" I told her I did wear it out, and that I had dubbed it my "I don't give a fuck" shirt. I also told her it apparently wasn't too much of a problem because I had the contact information for ladies who also "didn't give a fuck" about the shirt I was wearing.
So now I think I'll be wearing my "I don't give a fuck" shirt more often. And I wonder if that means I have to find a new "I don't give a fuck" shirt.