Today marks the end of the Six Items Challenge. If you recall, I was challenged to wear just six items of clothing for six weeks. While the weather cooperated by not getting too hot, I would not label this challenge the success I hoped it would be. I was asked by Sarah from Made in USA Challenge to participate in a the US branch of the movement that originated in the UK. Perhaps because it's the first year for the US to join in, there wasn't much of a community to support the movement. This was a little disappointing and I kind of lost momentum.
From the beginning, I had trouble choosing just six items. For most days, six is sufficient, but I found it challenging for special occasions or variable weather. When I had to attend a birthday party on a rainy night, I ended up abandoning the six for one of my standby rainy day outfits. I did enjoy having go-to outfits for most days, but I can have those even when my whole closet is available. Honestly, I got bored with just six items! I chose neutrals for mixing and matching, but craved wearing colors as Spring approached. The exercise helped me think through owning a capsule wardrobe, but it would definitely be made up of more than six items. In truth, I'm much more concerned with the origin of the items rather than the number. Think six items made in a sweatshop versus six ethically produced or second-hand items. Or ten. Or twenty! I think it's important to challenge the notion of how much I need, but when I really do need something, standards are always going to be more important than sums.
On April 24th last year, 1,133 people were killed and over 2,500 were injured when the Rana Plaza factory complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This is the event that made me wake up and take responsibility for my part in this system of oppression and I remain committed to my personal challenge. On the anniversary of this tragedy, Fashion Revolution urges us to "Be curious. Find out who made your clothes — from who spun the threads, to who sewed them together, to who grew the cotton in the first place" with their #insideout campaign. Participants should wear their clothes inside out to draw attention to the broken system. Then take photos and show support to @fash_rev on Instagram and Twitter. It may seem like a small act, but it has the potential force a global discussion of the continued lack of transparency in the supply chains and origins of the clothes we wear. Please consider participating or giving a shout-out of support to those who do; this is an issue that affects all of us.
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