The Living with Less challenge was inspired by the team from a New Zealand company called Little Yellow Bird, an ethical clothing company that manufactures and designs uniforms. I wholeheartedly agree with Nicole McCallum, the original @livingwith10 queen – there are a lot of environmental and social (and economic) reasons to take part in this challenge, plus I hope to raise awareness of (and challenge myself to adhere to) the values of slow fashion.
The challenge – what I coined 10:100– went something like this…Wear 10 items of clothing for 100 days. This excluded jackets (impossible to say what Tassie weather will bring, even in Spring!), shoes, accessories, workout gear only worn for workouts whenever that happened and underwear 😟. And, absolutely no shopping, op or otherwise.
I kicked off on the first day of Spring – Friday 1 September 2017– my commitment was locked in by making it public. There was no going back without losing face! So my Facebook and Instagram feeds @prelovedclothinghobartrecorded some of my outfit choices, and how I held up to the challenge.
The result. A wonderfully smug feeling of having achieved something amazing. As silly as that may sound, it was an achievement, however small in the scheme of things. But I proved to myself that it was doable and not as freaky as it sounded when I was considering the idea. All I can say, is give it a go.
The final outcome has been strong sense of what I do and don’t need in my wardrobe and what my style really is; a capsule wardrobethat has a few variables added in for some spice; a good idea about what gaps I have on the rack and what I’m looking for when I op and market shop.
All in all …brilliant! The perfect tonic if your style is stagnating, and your spending is more than you’d like (ever in search for the ‘one’ outfit that’ll create the fantasy you). Pare it back and start over. Invigorating.
Next, I might be game enough to try the one dress for 100 days…yikes!