Monday, July 26, 2010

The (Impossible?) Six Piece Wardrobe Experiment




by Kate

Perhaps you saw the segment on one of the morning shows about the six item clothing experiment, where for one month you are allowed to choose what to wear from a mere six pieces. Naturally, you get to pick those six.

But it got me to thinking about which items I’d choose. In the summer, it would be a snap: my favorite pair of white cargo capris with just about anything, although I find myself wearing the same three tops over and over. One nice summer dress. One cardigan sweater. One pair of jeans. Oops. That’s seven. Okay, narrow it down to two tops. Except that would be boring..... Hmm. And I don’t even have to go into an office to work.

On the TV segment, the woman chose a basic black dress and jeans to work around. Her trick was to use accessories to change the look. She admitted it got more and more difficult as the month wore on, but at the same time freed up much of her time. She didn’t have to waste precious minutes trying to decide what to wear.

Years ago, I remember hearing that Sophia Loren always wore black. I don’t know if that holds true now, but back then she said it simplified her life. I’m a person who loves color, so I couldn’t do all black, but the concept is intriguing. I think many of us suffer from too many choices. And since I tend to select the same few items each day, I’ll bet I could eliminate half the clothes in my closet and not miss them.

How about you? Could you pair down your selection? Could you live for a month with six items? What if you had only one color for all your clothes? What would you choose?

I don’t know about you, but I’m really wanting to try this.

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23 comments:

Linda Leszczuk said...

As someone who fights the perpetual battle of the bulge, I sometimes find myself wearing a size I know will be temporary (i.e. I've dieted my way down to that size but fully intend to keep going past it). I handle this by buying as few items in that size as I can possibly get away with. Not sure I've gone with just six but I've come close. And, yes, it really does simplify getting dressed in the morning. Color tip - almost everything goes with khaki.

Rayna M. Iyer said...

I had a friend who decided she was going to have only six sets of outfits in her entire wardrobe at any point of time. If she wanted a new shirt, she would first get rid of one before buying it. It did seem to work for her.
Me? I love the idea of having lots of clothes to choose from, though I end up wearing the same stuff again and again

Andrea C. said...

In theory it is a great idea and would be fantastic if you are traveling.
I know I have too many clothes and things I don't wear and I should simplify (perhaps to this system) but I am just not ready to make that step. Clothes are the only thing I am "pack-ratty" about - everything else I am fine getting rid of - wonder why that is?

Dru said...

The one problem I see with this is you have to do a lot of laundry if you have just six items of clothing to wear for a month.

The only thing that would trip me up would be the tops.

Good topic.

~ Babs ~ The World of book Reviews said...

I don't know if I could do this like Dru said a lot of laundry I have enough of that with a husband and 3 boys ha. I like the idea it simplifies things but, I like a variety when it comes to clothes.

Lover of Books said...

I have gotten rid of a lot of clothes but in the process seemed to have lost a few. Got to love moving! lol I am not sure I could do it but there are a lot of things I wear over and over. :)
Krista

Annette said...

Seriously, the only reason I would do this is for travel.

Kate Collins said...

Khaki colors are great. I've used them to pack lightly three times on 2 week trips to Europe, and it was not fun. I missed having the luxury of choice, and often missed a certain item of comfort that I'd left behind (mostly because I wouldn't wear it out in public.) But it sure did make getting ready in the morning quick. My hubby was all in favor of that. LOL. I still like the idea of paring down. I seem to be becoming a minimalist. Maybe it's because my head is so full of all those crazy characters.

And why do we hang onto clothes that we don't wear? What does that mean?

Leann Sweeney said...

I think I only wear 6 things anyway: pajamas, jeans, t-shirts, underwear, capris and a coat in winter. Oh. That's not what you mean. Never mind. :-)

Anonymous said...

Well I could most likely do it as long as there was no special place to go that required something fancy. In the summer I could do 2 pair of shorts and 4 tops. Winter 2 jeans 3 tops and one sweatshirt.

but as I said no place other than the grocery or Walmart to go to.

Rural View said...

Since I've been (slowly) losing weight, I'm too excited about getting into clothes I haven't worn in literally years to even consider cutting down to 6 items. This almost makes dieting worth it.

Heather Webber said...

I could totally live with six items--IF I didn't have book events. That's a whole wardrobe in itself. Otherwise, I'd have 2 tees, shorts, jeans, long-sleeve, sweatshirt.

But don't ask me to cut down on shoes or purses!

cttiger said...

I could live with 2 pairs of jeans and 4 tops - no problem. But since I have a "thing" about clean clothes, my washer and dryer would need replacing by the end of the month long experiment!

Katie said...

considering I wear the same scrubs for 5-6 days a week for work, I could probably do this if I didn't have another set of scrubs for my school clinical.

Maggie Sefton said...

Sorry. I just couldn't do it, Kate. The "business" wardrobe alone would eat that up. However, since I'm enjoying being home in Colorado Summertime, it's delightful---white capris and lots of different colorful tops. I don't want to give up all that color, Kate. They're simple and easy and COLORFUL. Can't do it.

Laineshots said...

Oh, I couldn't. I'm much too capricious (I did NOT say "fickle"). I have too much fun dressing for my mood, the weather, a song I just heard, my current activity...

This is why I have no tattoos.

Kate Collins said...

That must be why I'd have a hard time following this for a month. I'm too fickl--er, capricious, too. I change clothes as the temperature outside changes.
However, scrubs are a tempting option. No need for deliberation there.

Maggie, darlin, we are a pair of brightly colored tropical birds, aren't we? (Note: I did not say we were flighty.)
Those author events - yep, they take their own closet. Otherwise, I could make do with one pair of jeans/capris and a bunch of bright tops.
Leann, I'd count underwear as an accessory - as many changes as you want. Same for shoes and purses.

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

I don’t know if I could do it, but I’d love to give it a try because my closet would look so much better and be so manageable with just a few items taking up space. If I had to work around a color, it would probably be black because it’s easy.

Kate Collins said...

My closet definitely needs thinning.
I would also like to try to donate anything I haven't worn in a year, but there's always a reason why I can't part with one of those old items. And the reasons aren't very good, either.

Vickie said...

Ruh-ruh Raggy...no way...I love my closet full of clothes I can't wear at this particular time. Does this count for the workout (ie comfy) clothes I wear as soon as I get home?

I went on vacation to Greece on the island of Rhodes one year and saw a group of about 10 Scandinavian girls and they were all the same size (tall and schlender. I think they did the pack 6 pieces of clothing and mixed and matched with each other. That would be about the only way I could do it. But not with 10 tall and schlender Scandinavian chickies....nope..ruh-ruh Raggy....

MaryC said...

My first thought as I read this was how does it free up so much of her time? If she changes it up so much by accessorizing, she's probably putting more time into that than I put into choosing a different outfit. No?

Candy B said...

Ok once more,
I love all these series of books. They are so easy to read and I love the characters. I have to laugh at some of the things they get into. But just love the way the books progress their story lines. Candy

Candy B said...

life is too short. after many years of wearing the same mom clothes. I can now wear most of what Id like. no way Im picking 6 things..lol