6 items or less

July 1st 2010katie

I found 6itemsorless via Gemma and the idea quite intrigued me – participants must wear only 6 items of basic clothing (excluding undies, sportswear and outerwear) for a month. The site itself doesn’t operate on any kind of premise but I think this would be a good experiment to really evaluate our clothing choices, not be led by trends, and go for quality flexible basics that will last.

It made me think what I’d pick if I were to take part, and I came up with the following.

Grey leggings – American Apparel
I live in leggings – perfect if you’re sitting down all day, no nasty jeans waistband digging in, and good for cycling in too. A mid-grey like this could be worn with a dark or light top half and they could be worn calf- or full-length.

Charcoal longline vest – H&M
I wear a vest like this nearly every day, layered with another tee or vest. Again this would be a base for adding some interest with accessories.

White tee – H&M
Essential for layering and a blank canvas for all sorts of accessories.

Pink-marl jersey dress – American Apparel
I wear this all the time – it’s comfortable and adaptable, and you could create loads of looks with different tights and jewellery. I have it in black too, but I think you’d need a bit of colour in your month!

Indigo jeggings, Topshop
A bit smarter than leggings but still with all-important comfort factor, these could also be worn rolled up if it’s warm.

Dusty blue cardigan, Topshop
This colour goes with everything and it’s the perfect mid-weight for changeable weather.

You can tell by this list I value comfort over anything else, don’t really go anywhere smart and fortunately don’t have to dress up for work! I’d find it a lot harder if I had to consider going-out clothes, or a holiday wardrobe. What would you pick if you could only wear 6 things for a month?

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Comments (3)

  • Kate

    July 2nd 2010 at 4:25 pm

    This is an interesting project! I'd love to see you take part, or even take part myself. I've been thinking long & hard about what items I would pick for the past couple of days & have still only got two dead certs so far. It will teach me what items I value the most & can mix and match with anything though, so it could be a good experience. Perhaps I'll post it too :]

  • viri

    July 17th 2010 at 11:18 am

    I love the idea buuuut, I'm currently living in Spain, meaning hot weather and the nececity of change tees t least daily. I supposed my housemates wouldn't be thrilled by the idea of washing 4 tops ever 4 day… But I think I'd pic an H&M harem pants (ok with sneakers) C&A jeans shorts, pleated dark greenish blue thin cotton top (H&M) cuz it's versatile, and can be worn without a bra, an african batik halter top (made by me), a simple V purple tee (Zara), and an orange Mango sport tee… Asyou can see I'm pretty much a t-shirt and shorts / jeans girl …

  • Jodie Lewis

    June 4th 2012 at 3:09 am

    This has been set up as a fundraising challenge by Labour Behind the Label. They are a NGO that supports garment workers’ efforts worldwide. You should check them out, such a great little organisation doing something really worthwhile, always good for us to stop an think about where our clothes are coming from!

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