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The UnPacking List #3: How to Wear One Dress for 100 Days

100 day dress challenge

Could you wear the same dress for 100 days in a row?

Elizabeth McCarthy could – and she did – for 103 days to be exact. What better way to get value out of your new clothing item than to wear it on repeat for nearly a third of the year?

In this chat, we explore the reasoning behind this experiment, as well as the implications on her daily wardrobe, the impact on her travel wardrobe, the details of the dress itself, and what this might mean in terms of sustainability.

In other words: It’s a good chat!

Note: This audio was taken from a live video chat event we had in our community, HPLWorld.

wool& avery tank dress worn 3 ways
The dress! Learn more about it here.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Why Elizabeth took it upon herself to take up the challenge of wearing the same dress for 100 days.
  • How the dress style and, more importantly, the fabric of the dress played a part in being able to complete the challenge in comfort.
  • How often she washed the dress (I know you’re dying to find out!).
  • How this will impact the way she packs for travel in the future.
  • How this challenge will impact her own wardrobe at home.

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Are you inspired to do something similar? Are you going to challenge yourself to wear the same dress for 100 days? Let us know in the comments!

And don’t forget to…

Written by Brooke

I run the show at Her Packing List and love packing ultralight. In fact, I once traveled for 3 entire weeks with just the contents of a well-packed 12L handbag. When I'm not obsessing over luggage weight, I'm planning adventures or just snuggling with my pet rabbit, Sherlock Bunz.

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