Autumn clean & a challenge

Fashion these days is fast, we are buying and chucking away clothes more than ever. Most clothes that are bought are made unethically, using unsustainable materials, tonnes of water and energy and producing lots of waste. They are cheap and disposable.

I started an ethical transition with my wardrobe last December, and this autumn I’m having another major clear out because I still have way too many clothes that I really do not need.


In the clean out process I was cut throat, if I couldn’t see myself wearing it at least 30 times it was gone. This is called the 30 wear challenge. The other weekend I dropped four bags off to charity shops and I’m selling some stuff on Depop. I thought I was doing alright at it, until… Labour Behind the Label asked if I would like to join their challenge…

Every year Labour Behind the Label host the six item challenge in Lent which is designed to test our reliance on fast fashion and raise funds to help garment workers. Basically the idea is simple – you select six items of clothing from your wardrobe and pledge to wear only these every day for six weeks. Crikey!

They tell me not to panic and that you can have unlimited access to underwear, accessories, footwear and sportswear. But your main items of clothing – dresses, trousers, tops, skirts, jumpers, shirts or cardigans – must remain the same throughout.

I don’t know if I can do it? Can I really dedicate six weeks to wearing just six items of clothing? So this is where I need your help, I’m down for doing it, but only if some of you will do it with me! So… any takers?!

2 thoughts on “Autumn clean & a challenge

  1. You’ll find it a lot easier than you think!
    Think about multiplying pieces, e.g. 3 tops x 3 bottoms = 9 outfits, or 2 tops x 3 bottoms = 6 outfits plus a dress, and also think about sleeve lengths and layering when you’re planning which 6 items to choose. Also versatility – a cardigan can be worn as a jumper, a dress can be worn as a top or skirt, etc.
    Warm underwear is useful when it’s cold – wear a vest/tank under your clothes, or leggings/tights so you don’t freeze, and layer, too, maybe include a cardigan, add a scarf. Have something you can wear if it gets really warm! (Depending on the time of year you’re doing it and your climate.)
    And wear an apron to protect clothes from accidents, it really helps!
    Good luck – I loved doing it.


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