What to wear (or not)

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Wilson, Eric. “Six Easy Pieces, 31 Challenging Days.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 22 July 2010. Web. 05 Dec. 2012. <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/22/fashion/22SIXERS.html&gt;.

A couple of years ago for the CRAVE/REHUGO project I explored the idea of simplicity. I’d read a New York TImes article that summer on the Six Items or Fewer project and decided to try it out. Just like the subject of the above linked article, no one noticed. The article summarizes a web challenge from 2010 called Six Items or Less, the website of which is now defunct. The idea is that you choose six items in your wardrobe that you create outfits out of in an effort to buy less, save more, and actually wear what you have in your closet.

The project is an interesting one and I’d like to revisit it. It requires that you are thoughtful about what you already own (I have several black dresses) and more creative with accessories. It’s also interesting because you realize that you dress for yourself more than you dress to please others. Getting dressed up and putting together outfits is really a way of boosting your own self-esteem rather than asking other people happy. I know that what you wear can create a positive or negative impression but that the details of what comprises your outfit don’t usually stick with others.

I’m currently participating in Dressember (there’s also a Skirtember) on Facebook, where participants make an effort to wear a dress every day in December. But it creates in me this uncontrollable desire to BUY MORE DRESSES. They are pretty simple to wear and accessorize but I miss the extraordinary simplicity of creating outfits out of only six pieces.

NYTimes video blog


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