So. Here goes. For the next two weeks, starting today, I’m sticking to these 10 items of clothing. I’m REALLY REALLY REALLY going to try not to cheat, but I’m already thinking that I probably will. If I do, I’ll tell you 😉
My items (from left to right on the rack):
1 James Perse long sleeve ribbed tee (black)
2 James Perse canvas stretch pants (dark gray) | at the outlet, the Parachute Utility pant is similar
3 James Perse crepe surplus pants (black)
4 James Perse slub cotton button front top (white) | sold out
5 James Perse casual tee (white)
6 Splendid ribbed maxi dress (black)
7 Everlane cashmere cardigan (taupe)
8 Everlane cashmere crew neck sweater (gray)
9 HELMUT Helmut Lang sweatshirt jacket (black)
10 Joe’s Jeans oversized dolman denim jacket
There aren’t any rules really, I just got the idea from a post on Into Mind and wanted to challenge myself to do it for a several reasons that I’ll get into more in the next two weeks, but mostly I just wanted to prove to myself that I CAN do it. And that I can take the emotion out of getting dressed when I need to and stick with the pieces I KNOW I love and that I KNOW look good on me.
I can say that it was quite difficult to choose my ten items. I was going to leave outerwear (jackets, etc.) out of it and let those be “extras,” but I decided to include them in my ten. I did this partly because it was becoming difficult to identify more items after my bottoms and tops to add to my 10 that would all continue to work together. For example, I was going to add in my James Perse leggings, but if I did that, I’d have to add in a longer top to go with them, and I don’t have anything else in my 10 that I’d need to wear the longer top with.
I choose items VERY carefully that would all go together, so I can get two weeks of completely distinct looks out of them; I don’t have to look “the same” every day. At least I hope that’s how it will come together! I am not including the shoes, bag or scarf, although I will try. I am pretty sure I can stick to those two pairs of shoes and my Alexander Wang bag for two weeks, but I want to reserve the right to change those if I want to.
This is going to be interesting!! I’m not putting myself on a shopping ban or anything to go along with this, but not being able to wear what I buy immediately will definitely inhibit it a bit. Although I do have two things en route that I ordered last week that I will not wear: the James Perse slub button front top I ordered from Gilt (black version of the white one I already have in my 10), and the Acne Bree dress in blue. Yes, you read that correctly. My only solace in having that arrive and not being able to wear it is that the weather isn’t entirely appropriate for it. Of course, I could layer it, and I probably will, but I really envision wearing it more with my Birkenstocks or simple black sandals alone, when the sun is warm and bright.
I’m taking this very seriously, and although I said in the beginning that I have a feeling I’ll cheat, I’m going to try not to. I want to use this exercise to help me pack less for longer trips and to free my mind to focus on other things besides what I’m going to wear. Which sounds trivial, and maybe it should be, but I put a lot of stock into what I wear, and how I FEEL whenever I choose what I wear, and I’d like to try and erase emotion from that equation more often.
Who’s doing it with me? If you are, let me know in the comments what your ten items are, and every day we can track each other’s progress 🙂