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What am I going to wear today?

That daily question often consumes time and causes stress. Some people might even stand before a stuffed closet and still think there’s nothing to wear.

But what if they have only six items of clothing to choose from and wear for an entire month? That’s the idea behind the Six Items Or Less, a self-imposed exercise in frugality.

Six Items Or Less is a social experiment, a gentle protest against fashion, consumerism and high cost of apparel. New York City advertising executive Heidi Hackemer came up with the idea.

I have a really good friend in London. She and I were talking one day over Facebook messaging about clothing and about how much time and energy we spend on clothes. And how it seems to be a bit ridiculous. So she and I wanted to see if we can get our wardrobe down to a uniform, and see what the type of effect that would have to the rest of our lives. Would we be stressed out by not having choices of clothing? Would we be more creative? Would our mind be freed up to do different things?

The friends shared ideas with the other friends.

When we went to work the next Monday, we spoke to a few people about it and we sent out a few tweets on Twitter. And all of a sudden, within five days, we have more than a hundred people around the world saying that they too want to take part in the experiment with us. So we started on June 21st and we ran the experiment through July 21st.

It proved to be an interesting month for a wide variety of people.

We had 11-year-old girl, and we had woman that was in her sixties and we have people from all walks of life, we have people from anywhere from Singapore, to Dubai, to London, to Amsterdan, till Brazil, all across the US. It seems that a lot of people are struggling with their relationship with their clothes and the way they consume them. And that’s why I think we had such a wide range of people participate.

Hackemer was surprised at how few people seemed to notice that she was wearing the same six items the whole month.

We had a pair of cutoff shorts that I would only just wear on weekends and then I had another item, a black blazer that was very much about dressing up. I then mixed the other things like a black pants, a black top, a skirt and a black dress.

She noticed that having fewer choices reduce stress in her life.

I learned what is really important and what is worth stressing over and I also found that the simplicity echoed into other parts of my life. You know just walking more or cooking more food. I realized you know what? The stuff we let come into our world, physical stuff that we allow into our world really jams up our mind and our minds can be quite a powerful and positive thing if we cleared up a little bit.

22-year-old Kristy Hogue lives in Seattle, Washington learned about the experiment through a magazine article. She said the idea appealed to her. So, she decided to become a sixer.

I felt just like I had too much of everything including clothing, and a lot of them I didn’t wear. So I think it could be a great experiment to see if I could wear six items or less.

The experiment inspired Hogue to reexamine her wardrobe and get rid of the clothes she didn’t wear. However she admits going with 31 day with only 6 outfits to choose from was quite a challenge.

At the very beginning, my items were really easy to pick. They were items that I liked, that I wore a lot anyway. For the first week or so I was really excited and everything was working out perfectly and I never got bored. Then I started to feel a little bit constrained. I didn't have the freedom to look the way I wanted to look all the time. So that was really frustrating. Then I eventually accepted it and started to be more relaxed, not caring as much about how I looked.

The Six Items or Less website includes a forum for participants and observers to exchange ideas and express themselves. Heidi Hackemer says it received a lot of traffic during the month-long experiment.

And, she adds, more than 1,000 people from around the world expressed interest in taking part in the next cycle that starts in October.

 

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