Birth of a project

I was getting dressed for a friend's birthday party and I didn't know what I was going to put on my body. I looked in my closet and it seemed empty, unpromising. I've had these moments before; everything was old, ill-fitting, or blah. I thought to myself, "Ugh! I have NOTHING to wear!" Then I began rifling through my closet and saw a forgotten shirt I loved and many more, and I realized I was crazy. I had plenty to wear, and plenty to choose from. My closet was FULL of treasures! At that moment I decided I would take a year to explore my closet and to add NOTHING new to my wardrobe.

I would create a NEW outfit for each day in order to maximize my wardrobe and shake up my style.

Basically, I would try to "snap out" of my fashion rut, and appreciate what I have.

It was my New Years' project:
One Closet, One Year.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Tuesday Review

I have been avoiding my "review", so I guess at this point it's pointless. I wanted to talk a little bit more about how I decided to do this or at least to address the comment I received that declared: "My friend didn't buy any clothes last year either, she was unemployed." This project is not about saving money or not being able to afford clothes, although I, too, am unemployed. It is about desire. Wants versus needs, and, it is also about using what I already have. Perhaps I have read too many fashion magazines, but I can always think of something new I would love to see in my closet. I look in the window of Anthropologie and I am filled with longing. Any given day, if I had to, I'm sure I could find something, in any store, to covet.

I also wanted to address the fact that I almost backed out of this little experiment a few days before I was to start. First, because I felt like such a hypocrite. I have been complaining about blogging for a long time, echoing the sentiment of a high school acting teacher who declared, "No one wants to hear about your pitzi-caca life." And yet, as I have begun participating in this phenomena, I see that it is a useful tool, especially for procrastinators and "should"-ers. Having this blog has made me more committed. It has also been a lot of fun! Who would have thunk it? I now see first hand why this blogging thing has caught like wildfire!

Another reason I almost backed out was this: A couple days before I was about to start my friend told me about The Uniform Project. I was almost derailed by this woman's much more fashion- centered, radical, and altruistic endeavor that also had some similar ideas. When I saw it, I thought it was a much better, cooler, and thoughtful project. And it is. That said, I decided to stick with my One Closet, One Year because the idea came to me in a whisper, and I heard Oprah say, which she got from Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth, that "inspiration comes in a whisper". Oprah usually gives good advice, though Richard might disagree with me. Just ask him about the procedure he had done thanks to Oprah and Dr. Oz.


Shirt: Cloudy day. Cloudy shirt. Teeth frolic in the clouds. Given to me by friend.

Sweater: Under shirt. Given by cousin. Mossimo.

Skirt: High school purchase from Salvation Army.

Boots: Friend.

Jacket: Mossimo. My cousin gave it to me!


  1. yay! this is exactly what i wanted to hear.

  2. I'm glad someone wanted to hear it!!!

  3. The Uniform Project is super cool - and so is One Closet, One Year! Thank you for your honesty, dedication and discipline. I'm inspired :)