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71 Dresses in 71 Days: Week Two!

I started a No Shopping Project last week called 71 Dresses in 71 Days Here. The goal was to wear all 71 of the dresses I own (yes, you read that correctly) in 71 days before I shopped for even so much as a pair of socks for myself.

Since the project began readers have had a lot to say. One reader felt like posting a pretty dress each day was sending the wrong message and I agreed, now I’ll post once a week.

One reader suggested sell half of my dresses on consignment and give the money to a charitable cause (half? But. But. But.)

One reader suggested that I allow readers to pick which dresses I should give to charity.

And one reader ran her own incredible charitable project where she wore the same dress, styled different ways for 100 consecutive days. She earned over $30,000 for orphans. Here’s her video (beware, she’s adorable).

I’m not quite as ambitious as lovely Elaini. Yet. But I’ve decided to post all 14 of the dresses I’ve worn thus far and have you guys select which two dresses I should donate to charity. I’ll be donating to Out Of The Closet that helps fund AHF (Aids Healthcare Foundation). I’ll be donating a total of 10 dresses before the project ends.

But the main thing is I’ll be conquering my shopping addiction. If all goes well I may extend this No Shopping Project to include wearing every remaining article of clothing while continuing to donate.

Below is my gallery of dresses. I’d love it if in your comments you could vote on which dress I could do without. Thanks in advance. xo S

Dress #9

Dress #9

Dress #10

Dress #10

Dress #11

Dress #11

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Dress #12 You know how to whistle, don’t you? You just put your lips together and blow…

Dress #13

Dress #13

Dress #14pic

Dress #14


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  1. Beverly Diehl
    Beverly Diehl 28 March, 2013, 12:44

    You *must* keep your favorite blue dress, that’s amazing. I would also vote to keep the Big Sur dress, but I <3 clothes that make me look/feel like a gypsy or a hippie.

    My two picks are the White House dress, #5 – it's a nice color on you, but it's similar to # ^ & #11, and you seem to like those two more. And # 4 – even with the navy leggings, I'm not loving the color and the sleeves are kind of weird.

    Good luck making your choices.

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  2. Nicole Wisniewski
    Nicole Wisniewski 28 March, 2013, 17:17

    I vote dresses 4&5 as well. Although I can see why you would be having a difficult time choosing they all look amazingon you. Dress#8 is my personal favorite and if you’re looking to get rid of it I will happily take it off your hands, but I agree that when it is tied to personal memory I tend to not get rid of clothes. As Austin Powers would say…very shag-a-delic. Lol.

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  3. Ginger Kay
    Ginger Kay 29 March, 2013, 11:43

    I would let #4 and #8 go.

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  4. AnnW
    AnnW 30 March, 2013, 12:28

    Number 4, the dress where your bra is showing and Number 8 the fake Missoni maxi. But if you don’t want to give them away, don’t. Just wear them more. You could also wait and see if there are some in the later days that we really Hate. Good for you for doing this. I think what might help your shopping would be a yearly plan. Plan what you need, like a black leather jacket, and two pair of pants, etc. and just buy what fits your wardrobe exactly. Ann

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    • Shannon
      Shannon Author 30 March, 2013, 18:15

      Hi Ann — I think Number 4’s days are numbered. Today I had a yearning just to stop by one of my favorite shops to check out their nice hand creams. Then had to admit that I was lying to myself and just could not walk through that door without walking out with a piece of jewelry or a scarf. This came after a seven hour day of geo-caching and art exhibit visiting with my 8 and 10 year olds who bickered with each other in a low-grade monotonous way. I recognized that as soon as I left to go to the grocery store to pick up dinner that I wanted to reward myself by shopping. Must find a healthier reward.

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