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Six Items or Less

Posted by Alex | June 21st, 2010 | Filed under Personal Reflection, Positive Change

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At Nau, we’ve always asked our designs to do more than just one thing. The idea that a single jacket should be able to move from the bike to the office to the bar was one of the original design principles that we launched with, and it carries through the execution of pieces like the Chrysalis Dress, the Vice Blazer and many others.

Screen shot 2010-06-21 at 9.42.41 PMSo we were interested to learn of a few folks who are taking the idea doing more with less a bit further. Today, a group of ninety-six people from around the world began an experiment to see what happens when you pare down your wardrobe to just six items. The project, Six Items Or Less, has exceptions for underwear, workout clothing and raincoats; but even so, pledging to go a month with just a handful of clothes poses some interesting questions about our relationship to what we wear.

Of course, there are plenty of people around the world who get by on fewer than six items for much longer than a month. But in our culture of ready to wear and disposable fashion, it’s interesting to challenge the assumption that we need a closet full of clothes. But more than a post-consumerist statement, pairing back might have other, more personal impacts as well: Kimberly, who turned us on to this site, also sent along this post from one of Six Items or Less founder, alias Uberblond, on how the designer Tom Ford, among others, would pick one outfit to wear for a season so he could focus on designing. Is it possible that what we wear is less about self expression and more about self-distraction?

What do you think? Could you get by on six items for a month? A year? Follow the experiment at sixitemsorless.com, and post what you’d pick for your six items in the comments below.

(hat tip to Kimberly F)

One Response to “Six Items or Less”

  • June 22, 2010 at 8:13 am | Tyler says

    Thanks for the great post. 6 pieces of clothing would be challenging, but as Uberblond’s post suggests, a ‘uniform’ is really liberating. My own uniform consists of Nau Merino Polos, and Nau khakis (just the right stretch my bike commute and my time behind the desk).

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