Monday, February 22, 2010

Introducing ... The Dress Project

It's no secret that I absolutely adore wearing dresses. They're fun, they're whimsical and they encompass all the pieces you need for a whole outfit. And yet, I wear a mere fraction of what's in my closet, even though I seem to keep acquiring new dresses. I don't have an excuse for such waste.
 To fully celebrate what I have, curb my wastefulness and understand exactly where my money is being spent, I'm going to start a project that I've been thinking about for weeks now: wear the 45 dresses I currently have in my closet for the next 45 days. During The Dress Project, I will:

1) not shop for any more clothing or accessories (yep, the sadly-forgotten shopping ban is finally coming back into play), so that I can appreciate the items already taking up space in my wardrobe;
2) wear each dress once before repeating an ensemble;
3) and utilize other pieces (such as blouses, skirts, etc) while doing this experiment, so that I can keep the dress-wearing fun, creative and useful in my own life.

 At the end of the 45 days, I'll assess what I have -- as well as what I loved wearing and what I should ultimately donate if it no longer works in my life.
I'll admit, I'm nervous about this sartorial commitment, but it's time.
Hopefully this will be an eye-opening, frugal and colorful experiment!

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  1. Love it! And, while I feel I have quite a few dresses, I'm nowhere near now am in fact tempted to shop more. ;)

    I love a good project--and this sounds like an excellent one!

  2. yes, i love it! i've thought about doing this in succession with dresses and then tops and then skirts.... but i'll let you be the guinea pig ;) can't wait to see this!

  3. Great idea! I wish I had 45 dresses, lucky you...

  4. This is a fantastic idea and I REALLY need to follow in your footsteps.

  5. Joann, this is a great idea! I don't have 45 dresses, but I think I'm going to join you in this challenge. At least, I'll join you today. We'll see about tomorrow.

  6. I am so excited for this! SUCH a fabulous idea and I for one can't wait to see how you do it!!!

  7. that's a sound plan! :) a lot of women do shop mindlessly and pick up dresses that they think they might wore but ends aging in the closet instead (talking from experience :p)

  8. what a great idea! sounds like the uniform project, only applied to your own life. i'm sure the experience will change how you dress and shop forever

  9. This is a great project! I CANNOT believe you have 45 dresses?!?! You're so lucky hehe =D

  10. Love this challenge! I don't have 45 dresses at all but I found that because I started a style blog (sorta), I'm being more creative with what I wear so I don't repeat clothes too often.

  11. wow this is so awesome! I cant believe you have 45 dresses (I have about 10 and I thought I had a lot)! what a fun but challenging idea to wear one each day. :)

    Wanderlusting Fool

  12. I see you are almost over..... this sounds like so much fun !
    I should count my dresses...


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