Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The beauty of a simple wardrobe

Plenty of shirts
Last week I viewed the movie "The Devil Wears Prada" on television.  It was a great commentary of the lure of high fashion and how living to keep up with the latest fashion trends can warp a person's values and priorities. In the case of the movie the lead character finally rejects her job in the cut throat world of fashion to revert back to her comfortable clothes and old friends.

I came across an article, "Adventures in Fashion: Six Items or Less", that advocates radically simplifying one's wardrobe.  Turns out that one of the participants with a large wardrobe discovered that her colleagues from work and even her husband didn't notice when she switched to the six item wardrobe. Another participant commented on how it freed up "bandwidth in his head", not having to spend precious time in the morning trying to figure out what to wear.

Lots of sweaters
The Uniform Project was started by a designer in New York a couple of years ago.  The founder of this project helped to raise well over $1,000 for a nonprofit serving underprivileged children in India.  She wore the same black dress for a year, but added a wide range of accessories to keep it interesting.  You can view her video at the Uniform project's website, and view the amazing creative things she did to complement the little black dress.

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