February has finished, and with it the challenge to wear the same little black dress everyday for the whole month.
My friend Diana and I decided to try and undertake a LBDD experiment after our friend Micol initiated the challenge for herself in January.
I didn’t take photos every day, and wound up not wearing the dress twice. Once because I spilt a massive cup of coffee on myself (usually I manage to do this on pristine white bed sheets as Diana has been witness to in the past), and the other time I underestimated how long it would take to hang dry. What with the recent weather, I really didn’t fancy being a Jamie-sicle in a wet dress out in sub zero temperatures.
Overall, the dress held up well. It did however get a small hole in it, but given the fact I didn’t change my normal laundry routine and it was washed frequently in a machine and tumble dryer, it survived pretty decently.
What Did I Learn?
- If I were to do it again, I would choose a dress that was slightly longer and made from a thicker cotton. The dress wasn’t super short, but given the Canadian winter and that it was made from a lightweight cotton, I had to do a lot of layering so as not to freeze.
- The challenge really showed me just how much excess I still have in my wardrobe and how much clothing I’m really not wearing on a regular basis.
- As Diana noted and I whole heartedly agree with, the disposable clothing I have (ie. cheap leggings/tights) from fast fashion giants really didn’t wear well after awhile. I wound up throwing out several pairs of leggings and tights that just fell apart. My Black Milk Leggings? Wow, I already was a BM Fangirl, but even more so now. They held up well, and looked and felt great.
- I am not a fan of my legs. Now don’t worry I’m not about to jump onto the self loathing train! Most people have some part of them they would love to change, I’m no different. BUT, a month of wearing a relatively short dress with my large calves on display surprisingly did a lot of good. Maybe it’s the fact that Black Milk Leggings really do make your legs look awesome, or that I was confronted with my made for “Northern Rugby” legs daily that I quickly got over any self consciousness or dislike.
- I’m pretty ‘meh’ about a lot of my clothes. I used to put a lot of effort and energy into how I dressed when I was going to theatre school but since making the leap to working in an office I’ve found it challenging to find a middle ground between my personal and professional style. So what I have in my wardrobe can be rather impractical for day to day, or too bland for my after hours self. The LBDD experiment has come at just the right time as I was already beginning to undergo a personal style evolution/redefinition.
Like Diana, I too want to get more involved now in the creation of my own clothing – be it creating from scratch, modifying items to suit my style better or just generally being more thoughtful in my purchases in future.
Will I wear the dress again? Sure, but I need to patch that hole first!
Overall this has been a really insightful experiment. It’s shown me how little I need to get by, and that I would rather have fewer clothes but of a higher quality than a closet bursting with, well, throw away fashion.
Up next? The great closet purge of 2013 commences now!