Today marks the end of my two week fashion challenge where I was only able to wear six items of clothing. Tomorrow the challenge will be over and I can go into my closet and pick whatever I want. At the start of these past two weeks, I thought I would be more excited to get back into my closet. It turns out that I'm actually a little anxious about it! I wonder if I'll feel overwhelmed when deciding what to wear, or if I'll quickly forget about the positive simplicity aspect of only having to chose from 6 things. I know that come later this week, when I have a reason to wear something different (like a dinner, party, etc.), I will be happy to be able to chose a new dress or top.
I predict that I will fall pretty quickly back into wearing something different each day, but I really hope that I will be better about re-wearing things and utilizing all the jewelry, belts, and shoes that I already own. Already this challenge inspired me to do a heavy clean out of my closet, and I have two large trash bags full of clothes to donate. This closet clean out will not be followed by a shopping trip to replace items that I give away. I'm hoping that this clean out sans shopping trip will force me to really wear the clothes I already have.
A fashionable challenge, in review:
Simple: I really enjoyed the feeling of simplicity in my closet. I had less to chose from which eliminated a lot of lengthy decision making and gave me more time in the mornings.
Fun: I had a lot of fun pairing a belt or necklace with an outfit to make it look a little different from the time I wore it before.
Perspective: This challenge gave me a new perspective on clothes; I understand how many clothes we don't need in order, and how we can still have fun with fashion if we have fewer clothes.
More laundry: My clothes had to be washed more since I was wearing them more often. But I never washed them on their own--I combined them with my roommates' laundry, which means I never actually used more water for laundry during this challenge.
Frustration: A couple of days I definitely felt frustrated with not being able to wear something different, and wished I had a bigger clothing selection to choose from.
In the end, I think a compromise can be made. Be conscious of how many clothes you own versus how many clothes you actually need and wear. Trim your clothing selection down, but maybe not to the extreme. Think about things before you buy them: do you really need that new shirt? Will you really wear it? Remember that all of our choices as consumers have global consequences.