This Week in the Dress and on the Web
This Week… in the Dress:
So here’s the deal. You may have already read elsewhere (in the comments here in the blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc) that I have two of the exact same dress. This is no secret. I’ve had no intention of hiding it. ODP is, first and foremost, an attempt to fast from fashion. The same dresses incite the same fashion statements, and by wearing either of them I am still forced to express myself without using my clothes to do so. And ultimately, I am not espousing some extreme minimalist ethic where I’ve dared myself to wear one single dress for the longevity of one year. This is a protest, the primary goal is not a minamilast-ish personal challenge.
I’ll explain lots more about the dress next week in a blog post. But for now, here’s a few details from my relatively different week.
So I wore dress #1 until it needed to be washed. Shocking perhaps, but I’ve washed my ONE dress ONE time thus far. Dress #2, conversely, has been with a taylor who was lengthening it. For my personal preference, the dress I’ve chosen to wear this year is way too short for me. I’m tall. I can’t bend over in it. Hence the pants in the pictures for the first three weeks.
Last week when I washed dress #1 and put it in the dryer for less than five minutes and let it hang-dry that night, it shrunk. It shrunk ALOT — 3.5 inches in length to be exact. It was noticeably smaller, resembling more of a long shirt than a dress (as you may have picked up on in pictures from last week).
After this happened, I panicked. SERIOUSLY. I immediately began thinking of how different caring for your clothes becomes when you’re wearing ONE item for a year (i.e. you can’t allow them to change sizes on you). Because dress #2 was still at the taylor, I continued to wear shirt-dress #1 with pants, which I of course had already been doing since it was already too short for my liking in the first place.
Well, I got dress #2 back on Wednesday and… we’ll talk about that later. For now, here is dress #1… shrunk, as it is, in Las Vegas for Day 14:
Day 16: At the Hoover Dam… I loved not being bundled up for a change. Just me, my dress, and a pair of pants (well… and sunglasses):
Day 18: Back to the cold, and back to work. And back to eagerly anticipating picking up my longer, un-shrunk dress!
Day 18: And here you have it. Dress #2:
This was obviously the first day I had worn dress #2. It did feel strange to put on a second article… even though it was the same thing.
From the outset of ODP, I’ve felt like it was necessary to have two dresses, but now I’m beginning to wonder if that’s actually true. To be honest, I feel like the second longer dress looks silly and hodge-podge. The original design was obviously cut to be short and cute; the extra piece of fabric at the bottom clearly does not belong. Because the camera-phone picture above doesn’t necessarily do justice to dress #2′s frumpiness, here is a clearer shot from the same day:
Honestly, day 18 was the first day I truly felt like I was fasting from fashion. Remember how I wrote how I initially felt more fashionable in my protest garb? No more. I felt drab. I felt dull. I felt thoroughly unfashionable.
I’ll also say this: I felt a little discouraged. Day 18 was a bit deflating.
So… I’m still processing this. I intend to share more about it in the near future. I will say that immediately upon dressing myself in dress #2 and looking in the mirror, I felt I had gone from being the spirited, young, and lively nun in Sister Act (on the right), to being one of the old, crotchety sisters (…dressed like Whoopie).
Which really begs to question who decides when nuns get to go from looking cute and relatively fun (…for nuns) to going full-out in their nun garb? The world outside the convent may never know.
And maybe more importantly, why do I think of my clothing in reference to Sister Act movies?
Anyway… this week… on the Web:
Let Love — by Katie Tallo of Momentum Gathering — Katie shares her personal narrative of not having had enough of “it” as an adolescent, which lead to self-consciousness and–eventually–vulnerability, courage, and love. I so appreciate her perspective and growth. And she shares a video at the end that I watched and would encourage you to do so too if you can make the time. I was in tears by the end… really profound stuff.
The Tripple-Win of Simple Living — by Bill Gerlach of The New Pursuit, and hosted over at Rowdy Kittens — Bill highlights redefining the family experience, reconnecting with community and sowing seeds of stewardship as the “wins” of living simply. I was thrilled to come across someone highlighting the concept of stewardship, a key piece to my own protest.
What Joshua Becker learned from 33 articles of clothing — by Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist, and hosted over at Organizing Your Way — Joshua participated in the first 3 months of Project 333 and shares what he learned from the challenge, highlighting the role of boundaries in a limited wardrobe.
Honoring the Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Through Action — by Annie Leonard of The Story of Stuff Project — A great post asking for your action on behalf of Martin Luther King, Jr. If you are familiar with the Story of Stuff Project, you know the kind of work Annie does is really great. If you’re not familiar with it, go no further than here.
I’m glad to be home for the weekend, the true introvert that I am. Wherever you are, peace to you.