These days it seems like anyone’s willing to do something extreme for the sake of getting attention, but when we read a recent New York Times article about Six Items Or Less – Heidi Hackemer and Tamsin Davies’ self-imposed clothing diet – we were intrigued. Their experiment is extreme, and it’s getting attention, but it’s not just a plug for fame.
The experiment is simple: Choose six items of clothing (not including underwear, socks, or shoes) and wear only those items for a whole month. They’re doing it to explore some big questions – “What do our clothes say about us? Why do spend so much time on what we wear? What happens when we don’t?” – and they got about 100 people to join them in the experiment and document their experiences. Their website has a page for each participant, where they can post photos, write journal-like entries, and comment on each others’ posts for encouragement and help.
Though many of the participants are purging items out of their closet and vowing to quit shopping quite so much, Hackemer and Davies say that the site isn’t meant to be a statement against consumerism; it’s about exploring what we really get out of all the effort (and money) we put into our appearances.
Do you think you could survive the experiment, or do you think this is just another stunt meant to get attention and nothing more?
via New York Times