Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Six Items or Less

Posted By on Tue, Jul 27, 2010 at 3:45 PM

[Sorry for the hiatus! Style sometimes gets shunted to the side when I've got more serious things going on.]

I've been thinking about a shopping diet ever since I saw this slideshow (and accompanying article) about Six Items or Less on the NYT's site.

The idea is simple: Choose six items of clothing, wear only them for a month, and see what happens. One participant, for example, chose two pairs of jeans, an American Apparel 3/4 sleeve shirt, two tees, and a black-and-white striped polo. One of the founders chose a black dress, a tank top, a blazer, jean shorts, a gray skirt, and a pair of black jeggings.

Work-out clothes, outerwear, underwear, and shoes don't count.

From the website:

You can get multiples of the same item for laundry purposes, but different colors count as separate items. Or you can tell us to stuff it and make your own rules.

People have asked what the philosophy is behind the experiment and most assume it’s a statement about consumerism. In reality, we haven’t dictated a driving thought. Rather it’s about putting a challenge out there and seeing what people bring to it, do with it and talk about.

Organizers says people seem to be doing this for a variety of reasons: boosting creativity, anti-consumption, and just plain old masochism.

The take-away — at least from the responses I've seen — is that no one really notices what you wear. Or rather, no one notices that you're wearing it all the time. Also that modern clothes really aren't constructed to be worn that much.

I'm playing with the idea of trying this. Anyone else?

And if so, what would be your six items?

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