71 Dresses in 71 Days: Week 6
I’m in week six of my No Shopping Project — wearing every single one of my 71 dresses in 71 days before allowing myself to buy even a bobby pin for my hair.
I’ve had some pretty cool stuff in my inbox this week. First was a link to Vanity Fair contributor Buzz Bissinger’s self-proclaimed Gucci addiction. (Buzz is also the scribe of both book and series, Friday Night Lights and seems, to me, to be dabbling with transgenderism)
Here’s his opening salvo regarding his addiction:
“In the past few years, I’ve bought eighty-one leather jackets. Dozens of boots and leather gloves. I’ve purchased pants that cost $5,000. I own a $22,000 coat. This winter I took a tour of Milan’s Fashion Week (all expenses paid by Gucci, in appreciation of my many, many purchases), where I spent tens of thousands more and began to seriously grapple, once and for all, with a compulsion that could cost me more than just my life savings. My name is Buzz Bissinger. I am 58 years old, the best-selling author of ‘Friday Night Lights,’ father of three, husband. And I am a shopaholic (…) All for $638,412.97.”
Reading Buzz’s confessional piece made me feel superior. Let’s say each one of my 71 dresses cost 100$, which, on average, is probably pretty accurate. Simple math tells us I spent $7,100 on my dresses. Nowhere near the sum Buzz admits to. But then again, simple math might also tell us that Buzz’s earnings when juxtaposed with my earnings might bring our income/out-going monies on a par.
The fact that my mind even works that way — tabulating how much healthier my addiction is than Buzz’s addiction — tells you I’m as real a shopping addict as Buzz. And what bravery and courage and impetus for change his article is.
I’ll share another contact in my inbox. Jill Chivers of Australia challenged herself to a one-year ban on shopping and created a program to help herself, and others, recover from their shopping addictions. I plan to take her 30 day shop your wardrobe challenge.
In the meantime here are my next seven dresses. I would so appreciate your helping me to select one to donate to Out Of The Closet, a charitable organization the funds the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.