30 days. 6 items. 20 outfit combinations. A whole lot of discussion about the project.
I had more than a few people tell me they were quite inspired by what I was doing, and while they may not go to the extreme of trimming their wardrobe to six pieces, they were definitely going to take a hard look at their closets to see what they really wore and whether they needed the rest or not. I was worried that people would look at me and say "didn't you wear that shirt yesterday?" but the only one who ever really asked was my four-year-old daughter - most folks didn't even know I was doing this experiment. One of my co-workers is quite the fashion plate, and even she was impressed at my ability to mix things up, and tweak the looks just a bit to make them unique.
Personally, I'm going to miss the simplicity of not having to choose an ensemble every day, but at the same time, I did miss having a few more options available. The first couple of days after I finished this, I went right to some of my wildest pieces, but as I wore them, I thought they looked a bit silly after being "basic" for a month. We'll see if that changes.
I did go through my closet and drawers and finally said farewell to shirts that were too big, pants that I never wear, and sweaters that I only wear with one certain shirt. I culled out dozens of t-shirts that fit the same bill - though I did keep a few for sentimental reasons, despite their being over 20 years old..
The original article in the New York Times that turned me on to this experiment was actually about two different groups that were trying to show people that they already had "enough" clothes. One was Six Items Or Less, the other was The Great American Apparel Diet that encouraged people to go a year without buying any new items. I think I'll see how I can do with that one, now that I'm a month in to this minimalist phase.
I want to say thank you again to the folks at Nau Clothing - their stuff held up great, looked fantastic and got great comments whenever I wore them - particularly the Vice Blazer - that one is going to be a staple of my wardrobe for quite some time.
Here are the final stats:
Most Worn Item: short sleeve t (17 times)
Most Worn Combination: b2s LS snap + regular straight jean (4 times)
Favorite Item: vice blazer - I can't tell you how many comments I got on this. It's super versatile, can be worn collar up or down, buttoned or unbuttoned and each way gives it a different look.