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Six Item Challenge Update

Behind the scenes, my Six Item Challenge has continued.

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I haven’t blogged about it because a) the Great Energy Race took over; and b) there’s not much to tell!
Wearing the same items of clothing for days on end does not make for the most scintillating blog posts but rest assured I have indeed been sticking with it for the last 5 weeks, and now there is only a week to go!
I will admit that I am now more than a little bored of my six items. They may be taking an enforced rest in my wardrobe for a while!

As a reminder, this is what I chose:

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Ignore the grey pair of jeans, I swapped them for the jumper below

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What I will say is THANKYOU THANKYOU THANKYOU to all those of you who advised me to pick a jumper instead of another pair of jeans. I have LIVED in my jumper, and would have been very cold and very miserable without it!

Memorable moments so far:

  • Wearing 5 out of my 6 items all at once (everything except the dress) when we did a Car Boot one cold Sunday morning
  • Wearing a damp top quite regularly. One of my tops takes a little longer to dry than it usually gets, so it has to finish off drying with the aid of body heat!
  • Having to have an impromptu change and spend the day shivering in my dress after one of the guinea pigs wee’d on my jeans….

Here are a couple of ‘selfless’ of the *many* variations…

The pesky black top that never dries in time… Check out the accessories!

The pesky black top that never dries in time…
Check out the accessories!

The dress! Not sure the mums on the school run quite knew what to make of me in a dress….

The dress! Not sure the mums on the school run quite knew what to make of me in a dress….

The jeans are just about holding up. Having darned one knee before the challenge began, the other knee is now threatening to break out-I think it should last.
Having had grand plans that I would customise some of my choices along the way, to spice things up, needless to say I haven’t. I have spent most of my time in the jumper, and that I think is pretty ‘un-customisable’. It does however desperately need a wash-it is hand wash only, and I usually wear all my hand wash things (woolly jumpers mostly!) in sequence and when there is enough for  a load, I chuck them in the machine on the hand wash setting. With just one jumper, it seems a bit wasteful to do a machine wash and I have been too lazy to actually handwash it…

The whole point of the Six Item Challenge is not just to make me thoroughly bored of my clothes, or even to make us all think about just how many clothes we have. It is about raising awareness of Fast Fashion, and the impact that it has on our planet, and the people who have to make our clothes. To support the work of Labour Behind the Label, I have a sponsorship page here. HUGE thanks to those who have already sponsored me-you are lovely lovely lovely! And if anyone else wants to join in then that would be super awesome too 🙂


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  • Reply joelleharris April 14, 2014 at 7:36 am

    well done! I have really struggled (and am equally bored) I ended up cheating a few times, by wearing my jeans, mainly just at home (but they have been to the pub). I’m going to plan to do it properly next year ;0/

    • Reply Jen April 15, 2014 at 7:15 pm

      Sounds like you have done brilliantly Joelle!

  • Reply Kate Harrison April 10, 2014 at 9:27 am

    My mum must be doing this! We have to ambush her to get her out of her favourite cardie.

    • Reply Jen April 10, 2014 at 4:19 pm

      Ha! I have been known to wear the same stuff for a week (changing undergarments though, obviously!) but the relentless week in week out thing is a bit dull..!

  • Reply angalmond April 10, 2014 at 9:27 am

    SO impressed by this. I hope you raise LOTS more money for this worthwhile cause. . Lenten blessings xx

    • Reply Jen April 10, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      Thankyou so much, and Thankyou for your very kind donation 🙂

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