This is the article that inspired me to write my entry yesterday:
Shoppers on a ‘Diet’ Tame the Urge to Buy
By ERIC WILSON
Published: July 21, 2010
Imagine that horrible though all-too-familiar feeling: You are standing before a fully stuffed closet and yet have nothing to wear.
Now, imagine something worse: Your closet contains only six items, and you are restricted to wearing only those six items for an entire month.
… This self-imposed exercise in frugality was prompted by a Web challenge called Six Items or Less (sixitemsorless.com). The premise was to go an entire month wearing only six items already found in your closet (not counting shoes, underwear or accessories). Nearly 100 people around the country, and in faraway places like Dubai and Bangalore, India, were also taking part in the regimen, with motives including a way to trim back on spending, an outright rejection of fashion, and a concern that the mass production and global transportation of increasingly cheap clothing was damaging the environment.
I’m not doing this anytime soon and if I do, I’ll probably raise the number from six to um, 14? (Can a guy really do six?) I also plan to get several shirts of the same color; that’s not exactly a statement against consumerism, mass production, carbon footprint and other eklavoo. In any case, I’m doing this to simplify my life; although yep, consumerism does get to me in a bad way—one huge reason why I can’t wholeheartedly maintain my Tumblr site. (More on that on a later post.)
At the same time, I look forward to how liberating it must feel. In the article, no one knew that those on the ‘diet’ have been repeating just six pieces of clothing for 31 days (Flashbulb question: Why is this not a lifelong commitment for them?), which settles a persistent question I’ve had in my head: Do people keep tabs on what you have/have not worn? Do they know when you’ve repeated an article of clothing for the last two weeks? I now realize too, that while I’m self-conscious enough not to repeat work clothes in two weeks, I don’t actually remember what my colleagues have worn/not worn and repeat on a regular basis! They probably don’t give a damn about what I wear at all! (Though I suspect that if you see someone repeating clothes on a highly regular basis—such as a person participating in this ‘diet’ challenge—then that’s when you notice. In The New York Times article, one husband NEVER knew that his wife had been on the ‘diet’: I think that’s highly offensive for the wife, unless all they do is cavort around naked, 24/7.)
I’ll put this to the test in about three months or so 😀