I just completed 31 days of wearing the same dress. Yep, the same dress, thirty-one days in a row (don’t worry, washing was involved) for the October Dress Project (ODP). After 3 years of talking about it, I finally jumped in with a group of ladies from around the globe who take the month of October to find ways to maximize their creativity while minimizing their spending. I don’t have a noteworthy problem with the latter (that department is strictly saved for my husband!), but I do find myself victim to the, “I don’t have a thing to wear….” whine. Meanwhile, my closet explodes. This project showed me just how creative I can get with what I’ve got. Sometimes limitation is an open door to creativity.
So, the rules of ODP are simple: find one dress, any dress, and wear it everyday throughout the month of October. You’re allowed to incorporate anything from your closet as long as it’s centered around The Dress. The point is to change it up as much as possible. And the simpler the dress, the better so it’s not totally recognizable. I went with a black, cotton dress with three-quarter length sleeves. I found it secondhand and it was perfect.
Everything worn for ODP (besides my delicates and shoes) was gifted or thrifted, rummaged, or somehow acquired second hand by my best man. All jewelry (unfortunately obscure in the photos) was either beautifully crafted by my mom at ColorSpeak, purchased at a fair trade shop I proudly serve on the board for at Ten Thousand Villages or acquired by my hubs.
Several friends and family have asked to see photos of the day-to-day and this seems to be the best social outlet to do it (Facebook self-portrait embarrassment!). So here is a selection of my October looks. The weather varied from low 50’s and rainy to 108 and, well, DAMN HOT. I duplicated 2 looks twice.
Today’s the first day of November and I don’t know what the hell to wear.
I already can’t wait for ODP 2013, but, that’s about as much of “me” as I can handle in a post for awhile!! 🙂