Have you ever heard of the October Dress Project? It’s a fun and interesting idea started by a young woman named Avery. Basically, you wear the same dress for 30 days in a row. Yes. The same dress. Every day. I’m not kidding. It’s all about being creative and coming up with different outfits from the same basic dress but also has a lot to do with being content and making do with what you have.
I heard about it a couple of years ago because a friend of mine participated by posting a picture on Facebook of each new outfit she created with the same dress throughout October. (Hi Genvi!) Mom and I loved seeing her pictures and it was amazing to see the completely different outfits she created. This year I decided to ask some of my friends and readers to give it a try and see what they could come up with in the way of different looks with the same dress.
They didn’t have to do it for the whole month and basically were allowed to make up their own rules. I am so impressed with each of them and the outfits they put together. The way the project affected their thinking about clothes in general is also very interesting.
Here are their stories along with the pictures of their outfits:
Kemie says, “This was such an interesting and fun activity! I only used accessories that I already own and it was fun trying to get creative with what I had. I wasn’t sure I could make too many outfits with one dress, but my eyes were opened and I was able to make 8 different outfits.”
Tori says: “So at first trying to find 10 different ways to wear the same dress seemed IMPOSSIBLE!!! But once I started thinking about it and looked through my closet and just about every drawer in my room I realized there are a lot of different things to make the same dress different, and once I started rolling I couldn’t stop!!!!
I tried to make everything different each time, but some things got repeated. I really like to tie my shirts so I did that twice. I never imagined that you could do so many different things with one dress. There are so many variables to change each time. You have your dress that has to stay the same, but you can change your shoes, hair, makeup, and so on. You can put a sweater over it or a long sleeve shirt under it. I tried three pairs of leggings and I never wore the same pair of shoes. You can add jewelry if you would like to look more fancy or throw your hair up in a pony tail to look casual. (My hair is too short to put in a pony tail so I didn’t try that!) It helped me to think of themes. Like a school outfit or a nice dinner or even a walk in the park with your dog! Thinking like this triggered ideas for me and maybe it will help you too.
As far as what I have learned through this exercise, I must say contentment is the obvious lesson, but for me I think slowing down and thinking through what I have before I get frustrated about “not having something to wear” was my lesson. I am constantly complaining about not having anything to wear, but now I realize I have a closet full of clothes that just need to be manipulated to become a completely new masterpiece. In Hebrews 13:5a it says “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have…” this verse pops into my mind every time I look in my closet now reminding me that I am blessed to own so much and if I take my time, my old clothing can look just as good as anything new I could buy.”
Hannah says: “As a girl who doesn’t wear dresses multiple times throughout the week, it was difficult for me to wear one dress so many times throughout only one month. I enjoyed mixing and matching using the materials in my wardrobe and found out that I could create loads of different outfits with just a few accessories. I found that the best way to think of a new outfit was to take the dress, pick out a pair of shoes that you’d like to wear, and then add accessories.”
Kemie, Tori and Hannah did an amazing job on the dress project and I’m so glad they agreed to participate! Thanks ladies! This has really inspired me to take the time to be more creative with my clothes and come up with some new outfits just by using what I already have. You could do this with jeans, pants or leggings. Really with any basic items in your closet. Think of all the money you can save by creating new outfits from what you already have in your closet!
Let me know if you decide to give something like this a try. It doesn’t have to be just for October!