Let me introduce you to my friend Hilary! When she started the ‘7 challenge’ a couple months ago I was intrigued and inspired.
The idea behind “7” comes from Jen Hatmaker’s book and is described as “a personal mutiny against excess.” The concept is to “fast” an item of excess each month: food, clothes, possessions, media, waste, spending, stress. For clothes month, I chose 7 clothing items to wear exclusively for the month. No jewelry or accessories. I did add outerwear (hello Minnesota) but wore the same coat and pair of shoes during this time.
In some ways it made life simple and I kind of really loved it. (Plus it came after food month, and anything after food month is bound to feel like a breeze). Getting ready for the day didn’t take much time or thought. It also caused me realize how much I had in my closet. At the end of this month, I was able to eliminate over 100 items, easily. That’s a problem. Now the challenge is not to refill those empty spaces, and certainly to not do so under the banner of “need”. I should be much more intentional and selective with my clothing purchases, and remember how much I have in contrast with how much is truly necessary and even functional.
I am learning from this mutiny, but I feel like I’m just scratching the surface. Maybe someday I will be able to say that I fully uprooted the roots of materialism and excess. I’m going to be honest, I’m totally not there yet. But, I want to be…at least most days (those would be the non-Gap sale days.)
I wanted to do this post because I was inspired by how Hilary could still look polished and stylish by only wearing 7 items for the entire month. She showed me it’s possible to have a limited wardrobe but achieve so many different looks. I love the idea of splurging on a few staples and then accessorizing with non-expensive trendy items. Most of us are living in excess so it was so refreshing to me to see her tackle this challenge!
Her 7 items were:
1) Stripped Long-Sleeve Shirt
2) Black Shift Dress
3) Chambray Shirt
4) White Cardigan
5) Black Leggings
6) Chunky Knit Sweater
7) Black Dress Pants