Could You Create an Entire Wardrobe of Six Pieces? Jill Danyelle Tries It!

This post excerpted with permission from Jill Danyelle’s blog. Text and video by Danyelle.

i made this video of my “sixer” wardrobe for the Six Items or Less challenge.  i created this for a challenge that was going to begin in september, but the challenge was delayed as the SIoL team revamped their website.  eventually, i felt that a six item wardrobe would require too much energy consuming laundry.  in reality, a thirty item wardrobe might work better.  maybe my days of clothing challenges are over.  still, i love SIoL.  i understand that the idea is to be restricted enough in what you wear that you experience a thought provoking, palpable difference and become more conscious about clothing consumption.

it is interesting to think about.  if you add just one more item to your sixer wardrobe your outfit potential increases greatly.  due to having some fairly versatile pieces, i think i created about thirty different outfits with this “sixer” wardrobe, if you count my “outerwear”.  when picking the pieces you start to think, if i could just have ten, i could have so many more outfits with ten.  well, forget about ten, i haven’t made it down to thirty items yet, but i am at least headed in that direction… now, what to do about all those shoes.

the “sixer” wardrobe is pretty green too.  ninety-fiveRX3!  the white dress is the 30-minute dress from the fiftyRX3 project.  the black dress is one i made from a long skirt, it can be worn as a dress and a long or short skirt.  the rest of the items were thrifted on eBay.  oh, except my “outer wear”, as this was supposed to be for september, i fudged using a sweater and a wrap.  the sweater, in a lightweight linen, was also an eBay find, the wrap was bought new and the trench coat is organic cotton by deux fm.

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