Simplicity continues to be a passion of my soul. A colleague of mine, doing a 100-day dress challenge, that is marketed by wooland.com (#wooland) spurred me on to yet another experiment. I‘ve been a traveler, pilgrim, nomad, gadfly, gypsy, for all of my life, and for most of it, have embraced what is now popularly called a ’capsule’ wardrobe. I never seem to want to schlepp around outfits and shoes for every possible eventuality on a journey. Those who know me well, know I can go to Paris, France with nothing but a purse filled with one outfit and a small make-up bag. So, imagine my excitement at having an opportunity to wear only one dress for 100 days! Even though the pandemic has been preventing my hummingbird penchant for flying around everywhere, I’m still intrigued by this challenge! Gosh, if I get this down, I might not even need to take a purse to Paris! I may not need more than a rucksack for my 2 week trips to Arkansas via Memphis. And I might be able to be attired for an entire year with just four dresses – one each quarter!
You might wonder why I would even try the experiment? Here are a few reasons:
- I love challenges.
- I like rebelling against an economic and advertising structure that fosters greed and lack of contentment.
- I don’t think people take much notice of what we wear. I can’t remember what my son wore on Thanksgiving, for example, but I do remember him.
- Scaling back creates space – in a closet and in a soul.
- One dress becomes the canvas for creative style modifications.
- The concept of 'one' translates to low stress for me. One pen, one bag, one bedroom, one...one...one...It eases decision fatigue.
Will I get bored? Yes, probably. I love fashion, fabrics, and festive frippery. One dress, even with different accessories is likely to get tiresome. But, think of the freedom of not having to go to the closet and search for what will match, what will fit, what will make me feel cute and sexy, what will suit the occasion, what will make me stand out in a crowd, what will let me hide in a crowd, what will work with the weather today, what will not require other adaptation? Whew – tires me out just writing it! No, it’s just the same dress – every day, for 100 days. Thankfully, I love the color, the fabric, and the drape of the dress; it’s incredibly comfortable, it’s chic and casual, polished and professional all at the same time. What else could I want?
So, keep checking back for the looks I post each day! You may not want to embrace the extreme minimalism of one dress, but you might get inspired to, at least, thin out your closet!