Monday, April 4, 2011


This month I’m embarking on a wardrobe diet, not because I think I have a shopping problem, but because I think it’ll be a fun challenge in minimizing (which is obviously a hot topic for me. See: January’s lent). I was chatting with my coworker Elise last week about what to do for my April lent when she referred me to this article that she had read in the New York Times a few months ago. After reading only a few paragraphs, I was sold and decided to make April’s lent “Sixing”.

Here’s the gist:
I choose 6 articles of clothing from my wardrobe and wear only those selected pieces, mixed and matched, for an entire month. Last night I carefully selected my 6 and decided on the following:

1. Jeans
2. Black dress
3. Black tank-top
4. Gray short-sleeved shirt
5. Long black sweater
6. White blazer or white sweater (I’m still on the fence. The rule is that it doesn’t officially count until you wear it).

It may sound a little intense but there are a few exceptions that make it manageable:

Items that Don’t Count for Your 6

1. Undergarments
2. Pajamas
3. Swim wear
4. Work-out clothes
5. Outerwear (jackets)
6. Shoes
7. Accessories

I may or may not allow myself a bonus item depending on how difficult it is (hey, I make the rules here) because while limiting my wardrobe to 6 items is pretty tough, upping that number to 7 doesn’t really make it that less of a challenge. We’ll see though, I’m sure there will be photos of funny outfits and complaints about missing my favorite brightly colored clothing to come…


  1. i love this idea so much... and i think that i already have been doing this without realizing it's a thing. work clothes must be an exception too, right... or would i be stuck rotating my trader joe's tees into my daily wear? ;)

  2. yes, work clothes are an exception. i only didn't mention it because it didn't effect me personally. do it with me, you can be a guest blogger!

  3. This is such an amazing idea!! I DO have a shopping problem and have been trying to focus on the idea of being content with what I already have. So excited to read the results!

  4. this was one of my favorite challenges happyyogis. althought it might be a little tough to pull off now that i work at lululemon, it was way easier than i thought it would be. give it a try!