Monday, July 26, 2010

Six Items or Less Experiment

One of my friends asked me if I had heard about the "6 Items or Less" Experiment that had gone on for the last month. When I told her no, she sent me the link to their website and I read all about it. In short, I was definitely intrigued.

The concept of the experiment is to pick six articles of clothing from your closet to wear for an entire month. This doesn't include undergarments, swim wear, workout clothes, work uniforms, outerwear jackets (like winter coats or rain gear), shoes or accessories. You're allowed to get multiples of the same item to maintain cleanliness (like multiple white v-neck t-shirts), but if you have different colors of the same item it counts as another one of your six.

The slogan for the experiment is "a global experiment examining the power of what we don't wear". Power is right. I was thinking about this myself and decided that it would be extremely difficult for me to take the challenge.  Even though I don't have the energy to do laundry this often and take the time to actually try it out, I decided to come up with my six items anyway for my soon-to-be new life in Tuscaloosa.

  • 7 for All Mankind jean shorts
  • Strapless cotton dress (yellow)
  • American Apparel cardigan (charcoal gray)
  • Hardtail cotton / spandex dress (black)
  • Gypsy05 tank top (white) 
  • 7 for All Mankind off-the-shoulder shirt (teal) 

The rational behind my choices is fairly simple. I have a pair of jean shorts and two of my more plain shirts (the tank top and the off-the-shoulder) that I can dress up or down as I choose with any variety of heels, sandals, and accessories. The strapless cotton dress is an alternative on a day where I don't want to wear shorts. The Hardtail dress was chosen if I need to dress up for any occasion. Although this can be worn casually as well, it is the fanciest item in my list of six. As for the cardigan, it can go with any outfit because of it's style and color. And since every building and room in Tuscaloosa is provided with central air (thankfully),  chances are I'd get a little chilly.

So what do you think: could you do it? What six items would you choose?

If anyone plans on trying the challenge, please contact me at & we'll follow your progress on Cleats & Couture, just like Six Items or Less followed the original participants with blog entries here. Good luck!

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