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Re: “Six Items or Less

I learned about the Six Items or Less challenge after a friend saw the segment on GMA and told me about it. I don’t work in the fashion industry or in retail, but I’m definitely a fashion FAN! I'm a bargain-hunter to the extreme, scouting garage sales (just this morning 7/31, I found an adorable polka-dot patterned BCBG dress for $2), craigslist, second-hand and consignment stores, and eBay for designer deals, as well as department and chain stores clearance racks. I study magazines then attempt to recreate the latest trends for pennies on the dollar.

I felt so strongly opposed to this new movement, that my friend and I started as a celebration of fashion and style and variety.

I donate clothes often. I also shop at Salvation Army and Goodwill stores. I don’t believe that an empty closet and an "anti-consumerist" mentality are requirements to do some good in this world. I would rather look and feel great, AND support locally-owned boutiques, AND also support worthy charities by shopping and donating, than submit myself to a six-items-or-less, monochromatic exercise in style deprivation.

While I believe “Six Items or Less” has done a good thing to raise awareness, I think it is extreme and unnecessary. There is nothing wrong or evil about celebrating the art and joy and variety of fashion. It is an expression of inner beauty and an outward celebration of individuality.

Why not skip the masochistic fashion-famine, and advance instead to the giving, donating and sharing stage?

Celebrate and share. Sounds good to me.


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Posted by on 07/31/2010 at 2:16 PM


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