This Week in the Dress and on the Web
This week… in the dress:
It hasn’t been a full week yet for my One Dress Protest but I thought I’d post on Fridays about the previous week lived in the dress. This week was unique indeed.
Day 1: On January 3rd, 2011, I put on my dress for the first time. As I posted that day, I felt snazzy.
Day 2: It felt less strange to put the same dress on again the next morning than I thought it might. Initially I was worried that the kids at my job at the psych-hospital would comment that my clothes were the same as the day before (and I really need to keep from being an attention-getter in that setting). Thankfully, none of them have seemed to notice as far as I can tell, so we’ll see how that fares in the weeks to come.
Day 3: Full disclosure… I sweated a lot in my dress on day 3. Ugh. Of course, this made me anxious, which probably is what lead to me sweating even more. And to top it off, I spilled split-pea soup on my dress at lunch. I am a bona fide food spiller, tried and true. Russ’ over-under on when I would spill something on myself was actually four days. Naturally, he had called “under,” and got a chuckle out of being right.
On day three I also started to worry about the longevity required of my dress, which by Wednesday had 362 more days left to go. Less silly, though, was my noticing how I felt more fashionable these last few days than I had felt in a long while. I welcomed the complements and hopefully accepted them graciously, but as the week wore on I became a little frustrated. I was quickly realizing that in the last six months, or ever since I had made the decision to wear one dress for the year of 2011, I had put absolutely no effort into my attire. I figured anything I bought or cherished would be stored away for a long while over the next year so it was only futile to give anything I presently wore very much attention. Hence, this week wearing my cute vegan shoes, my tighter leggings to stay warm, and my black dress I probably seemed more flattering and fashionable than the last six months combined. You can imagine this felt a little defeating; how can someone “fast from fashion” when they feel more fashionable during said “fast” than they did the previous year?
Yet Russ reminded me that while I may feel this way now, once I give the dress some time the utter lack of options is sure to begin nagging at me, and my dress’ newness is sure to wear away. And ultimately, the people who think I’m cute now will soon either a) stop noticing, b) stop caring, or c) just think I’m gross.
Day 4: On day four I wore my first (dun dun dun) “accessory.” While I’ll post more about my thoughts on accessories next week, today I wore a hand-made knitted scarf to keep me warm at work.
Also, later in the day when I went to teach Pilates for five hours and had to wear teaching attire I actually missed my dress. There’s a first time for everything, right? That feeling is also likely to disappear, though, sooner rather than later I’d imagine.
And this week… on the web:
Along with my weekly dress round-ups, I thought I’d also devote a little time each week to weekly web round-ups as well. For starters, this first edition of links is definitely a little old. I’ve been saving them for months now because they’ve either encouraged me or impacted me somehow during the preparation for my own project. For those of you new to the minimalist fashion arena, these links are a great resource to get up-to-speed not only on what I’ve personally been reading, but also the wide world of minimalism on the web (of which these links are a small window into).
Shoppers on a “Diet” Tame the Urge to Buy; from the New York Times — This was encouraging for me while I was preparing for the undertaking my own project (which, of course, initially felt like a seriously crazy idea).
Six Items or Less NBC Interview — After telling one friend of my intentions to wear one dress for a year she called me a couple weeks later sounding even more confidant in my idea after seeing this interview on TV. Six Items or Less is a great resource and is featured here on the One Dress Protest on the Join In page.
Wear Your Love — I just really appreciate their message, which attends to “reminding people to value and cherish their clothes.” That is, the clothes we already have.
If you are toying with the idea of pairing down your wardrobe, this is a great read.
How to Live in the Land of Enough – Space — This is a really helpful break down of how and why we need to purge our closets or other spaces of excess. It was written by the wonderful Courtney Carver of Project 333, which is also listed here on the Join In page.
Fear, Exposed – Featuring Tammy Strobel — This post was also very helpful to me as I inched closer to January 3rd, attempting to hold my fears at bay. Tammy Stroble of Rowdy Kittens, whom this post features, is also a blogger I follow and whose influence I really appreciate.
As for the weekend, I’m jetting off to the wonderful Charleston, South Carolina (alone, much to Russ’ chagrin) tomorrow and need to get packing. Something tells me, though, that packing won’t be that difficult this time around.
Have a great weekend!