Well, I guess it’s Fashion Week or something.

In honor of the occasion, I’m taking this opportunity to share some of my own thoughts on fashion and how it relates to my newest personal challenge, Six Items or Less, which is now five days under way and pretty much exactly what it sounds like: Choose six items (or less) of clothing and wear only those six items (or less) for 30 days.

I read this article about a month ago; shortly thereafter, I found this. I honestly don’t know if I’m ready to take the extreme measures required to give up all but 100 of my worldly possessions, as mentioned in the first article. But I think that whittling down my wardrobe as suggested by the folks who started  Six Items or Less is a good way for me to move in that direction and do a lot of important things all at once: Conquer my drive to acquire/consume things, force myself to be creative in limiting circumstances, free up some closet space, save money doing laundry and, of course, have fun.

I started the challenge on Sept. 7, 2010. These are the pieces I settled on:

  • Bright green short sleeve Lacoste polo
  • Light blue J. Crew popover
  • Navy blue J. Crew skirt with pockets
  • A pair of Levis that I inherited from a friend
  • A really, really, really old pair of other Gap jeans from high school
  • Light blue Steven Alan dress (in case things get fancy)

(And in case you were too lazy to click the link and read the rules, the Six Items do not include undergarments, socks, shoes, accessories, pajamas, workout clothes or outerwear.)

I have to be honest and say that five days into the challenge, I haven’t experienced any feelings of great personal sacrifice. This might have something to do with the fact that I’ve been wearing the same six pieces of clothing for the past several months anyway, which might have something to do with the fact that I’m extremely lazy and generally lack any disposable income. As much as I love to read fashion blogs, go shopping and spend hours drawing clothes that I wish I had but will most likely never be able to find or afford, I really only stick to wearing a few pieces that are near and dear to my heart. The only time something gets bumped out of the rotation is if I give it away or damage it beyond repairs.

In other words? So far, so good. Pictures coming soon…

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2 Responses to “Well, I guess it’s Fashion Week or something.”

  1. PJ Herring Says:

    I think this is so cool. I told Gillian I wanted to do it and she just said I wear the same thing everyday anyway…bums.

    • Elizabeth Says:

      Gillian’s a boozehound and doesn’t know what she’s talking about half the time. Tell her that Six Items or Less is Raquel-approved.

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