I have a challenge for you blog folk. I want us all to par down our wardrobe in the new year and pick our ten favorite pieces. Then I want us to challenge ourselves to only wear those ten pieces for a week. The Uniform Project. Why? Because isn’t this how we all live anyway? In 2013 I plan to buy less crap, less stuff in general, but hopefully, everything I do buy I will love for years. Ideally I would like to be collecting amazing pieces that are incredibly special, instead of just collecting mid-priced trendy garbage. (I feel the same way about homes too: One special handmade bowl makes me INFINITELY happier than the thirty mass produced and cheap vases I have. In fact, those irritate me now.) Every season, I am going to scrap the binge shopping at Zara and try to find one amazing thing that really makes me smile. These things arent always just “The Most Expensive” they are just what you connect with the most. I feel like most girls I know already do this when it comes to shoes: They would rather save and buy one or two nice pairs than 10 pairs of cheaper shoes. But for some reason, the idea of fast fashion has replaced the idea of quality over quantity. And because of blogging, instragram and pinterest: the latest trends seem to be “wilting on a woman a few hours after she buys into them.” This doesn’t sit well with me, because its just so true. So consumption based. So un-sustainable. What am I supposed to do with last years’ neon Equipment top now? Sell it? I think we all feel a little uneasy about this free-fall into trendiness. REBELLION!
Am I the only one who finds one thing that works, wears it for weeks and then alters it a bit, and starts wearing that for a month straight? I am not. All the higher life forms do it too: Steve Jobs, Aliens, People from the Future. And I’ve asked a bunch of my friends, blogging and IRL, to do this challenge with me, and they loved the idea, and now I’m asking you too. I thought it would be fun and cool to see how other people would dress for the end of times! If I were a blogging mastermind, I’d have some really cool way for us all to share photos, and how to publish this to get a million hits, but I sure aint. So I’m asking you: How to do this? Everyone wears it at the same time and live instragrams using the hashtag #theuniformproject? or do I pick people and follow them for a week taking photos, one person (PS not just girls!) at a time? Or both?
What does this have to do with the gratuitous photos of me and Cooks? Zilch. I was photographing my new uniform of late (see it doesnt have to be all black!) , and she jumped right into the photos. Yes, she dresses herself. And NO, she doesnt usually drink from a sippy cup, but she wanted it to-go. And last, now I see that the sweater with the beige band across the middle is a most terrible look. Scratching that one from my list.
But to sum it up: Jeans, White Jeans, This Blazer, White Button Down, Black Turtleneck, Black T-Shirt, Plaid Shirt, Margiela H&M boots, flat boots, and…. maybe a denim shirt?
Photos courtesy of my sis Steph.