1 Dress, 30 Days

Image found on love-aesthetics.blogspot.com, minimalist blogger
Image found on love-aesthetics.blogspot.com, minimalist blogger

Is A Minimalist Wardrobe Realistic?

By Molly Cohen

In line with the capsule wardrobe topic, I wanted to discuss an experiment minimalist blogger Ivania Carpio challenged herself to in 2011: Wearing The Same Dress for 30 days. Carpio bought an oversize tank top at COS, and with gentle hand washing and styling, attempted to see how many times she could wear it. Her goal was to see if she could base her wardrobe on one garment and still have versatility, but the outcome was that she realized that quality was the actual issue: all garments can’t withstand 30 days of repeated wear.

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These were her questions before she started the challenge:
How versatile can a basic piece be?
Versatile enough to be worn everyday to every occasion that comes up?
And if it is, how meaningless will a large wardrobe look?
Will I miss my other clothes?
Will this dress be burned afterwards because I’m so sick of it or will I continue to wear it daily?

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And this was her conclusion:
I love clothes and honestly speaking I want to have a big collection of them. There is a but; quality wins it over quantity every time. I want to keep all my garments for life and am sad that the great design of this COS dress only lasted for two weeks. This experiment made me realize even more that I don’t actually need as much clothes as I initially thought. With this in mind I can be even more critical about what I am adding to my collection. Because that is what I’d like to built: a collection of great quality, beautifully designed items.

The idea of a fixed look, a uniform that doesn’t change every season but is a reflection of ones personality is very interesting, though a close to impossible thing to put together. Perhaps by the time I’m 50 I’ll be done dressing up and I’ll know myself good enough to be able to find an outfit that perfectly resembles my personality that I could wear every day for the rest of my life.

Though an extreme take on the capsule wardrobe, I think the lesson learned is important: quality matters. If we do want to live more minimalistic lives (in regards to all aspects of life), we need to ignore trends and social norms, and instead focus on quality. However, the challenge stirs up a potential problem: can the general population afford to not buy fast fashion from the high street?


2 thoughts on “1 Dress, 30 Days

  1. This is really interesting! thanks for sharing! I think its a shame that Cos came out as not surviving that long! I think that actually says something about the quality of all garments now no longer being made for life but to be made to be throw away fashion! I completely agree that better quality, longer lasting pieces are really needed more nowadays especially with many looking towards a capsule wardrobe but also that garments need to be made with better fits also!

    again, thanks for sharing, interesting reading!



    1. Thanks for the lovely comment! I agree with your comment about “throwaway fashion”; I think it applies to many other products too. – Phones specifically, seem to be way more likely to crack or break than they used to. It’s just kinda ridiculous how difficult it seems to be to find something that’s good quality on the high street these days. So many basic T’s for example, are somewhat sheer, and many dresses are too thin to wear without another layer underneath. I have been noticing fit problems too. The weird thing, is that in many cases it’s not like there’s an obvious quality difference by store, it seems to differ by each item of clothing. …Which is weird, because I would have assumed that each store would have all their product manufactured in one place, or at least by one comapny.

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