The Seven Experiment – Week 2 – Clothing

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

Oh boy!  Here we go!  To catch you up to speed, you may want to read the last post on the Seven Experiment and you will understand what is going on.

This week, I chose to fast from clothes similar to how Jen did in her book, Seven, although just to be clear, she did this for one month.  I chose seven articles of clothing, one of those articles consisted of two pairs of shoes.  Here were my selections:

  • 2 shoes:  Keens, boots
  • black fleece pants
  • maternity tank
  • Capri work out pants
  • 1 long sleeve maternity top
  • 1 pair of maternity leggings
  • 1 maternity tunic

I really didn’t think this would be that big of a deal.  I told myself, “clothes aren’t that big of a deal to me”, “I don’t care what I wear”.  And was I ever wrong!!

By day two, I was so bitter that I couldn’t wear a necklace or earrings that I convinced myself to add them in.  And here is my reasoning:  if this was riding on a book deal (like what I assume was the case for Jen Hatmaker), I’d be more motivated. So there.  (Wow, what a bad attitude!)

By day four, I was so tired of wearing the same pants and long sleeve shirt, I thought I may vomit.  I felt bored.  I didn’t realize how much I look forward to a different outfit each day.  Maybe I thought a little bit about the fact that there are people out there that would be ecstatic to have 7 articles of clothing, but overall, I continued to be selfish.

Today is day seven.  I’m so excited to wear something different tomorrow.  Overall, I feel a bit confused by the week.  I’m wondering where I sit on the clothes continuum.  Do I obsess?  Is it too important to me?  I want balance in my life, not perfection.  I want to be more aware and I am interested in a perspective shift.

As we were wrapping up, a couple of gals talked about their take aways and I felt inspired.  One gal in the group has chosen to purchase everything second hand for the next year.  Another has chosen to not purchase any new clothes for the next 6 months.

So here is what I am thinking:  my absolute favorite store is J. Crew.  I could eat the Style Guide that arrives in my mail each month.  It just may be that I am bordering on obsession.  So….what if I gave up J. Crew for 6 months?  Oh my, can I do it?  And how would this continue to change my perspective (as long as I work on my bad attitude!)?  So I haven’t decided for sure, but I’m thinking about it…

Jen reflects on Isaiah 1:18-19 towards the end of the week:

“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord.  Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are red like crimson they shall be like wool.”

OK, now I can breathe.  I feel better.  I am thankful for God’s graciousness.  Reading this passage helps me feel like I’m not being backed into a corner.  Maybe I DO need to reconsider clothing in my life:  Does it have a hold of me?  Do I medicate with it?  Do I find my worth in it?

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