My 13-Item Wardrobe, Sally Rose, La Gringa Goes GlobalRemember this photo? It’s from way back in September, before I started this six-month odyssey. It’s been awhile since I’ve checked in about my 13-Item Wardrobe. While some of you yawn, others are asking, “How’s it going now?”

I’d previously come up with a list of 6 Things I’ve Learned About my 13-Item Wardrobe and I stand by that list.

After I posted it, a mathematically inclined friend offered to work out just exactly how many outfits I could make out of my thirteen items. I knew there was a formula that could tell us, but those rusty math skills have been dormant since I graduated high school. I didn’t even attempt it.

Instead, I sent her this list:
1 pair stretchy pants/trousers
1 wool pants/trousers
1 wool skirt
1 Dillard’s skirt
1 Yiyalla skirt
1 coral 3/4-sleeved top
1 turquoise 3/4-sleeved top
1 black 3/4-sleeved top
1 coral wool sweater
1 teal wool sweater
1 black wool sweater
1 white blouse
1 black dress

In combination with:
Black tights
Gray tights
8 pairs of earrings
3 necklaces
9 scarves
4 pairs shoes

Any guesses what the total number of combinations might be?

In the meantime, another friend mentioned that, when I returned to Chile, I’d “want to buy some new clothes after wearing the same ones for six months.”

Not necessarily. I’m pretty happy sticking with the minimal wardrobe. Other than being bored with my repetitive, blurry selfies, my one complaint would be not having a pair of jeans. But jeans are heavy and bulky. They’d take up way too much space in a suitcase, and I’ve only missed them a little. When I’ve wanted to wear jeans, I’ve substituted my black stretchy pants.

Besides, having more clothes would only be overkill because here’s what Nancy, my mathematical friend, had to say: “Mathematically…not counting the dress, but including black tights, gray tights or no tights with every outfit, counting that you would either wear a necklace or scarf or neither, but not both (wearing both would add choices), and you would wear earrings or not, you have 170,820 choices!! Since you wouldn’t wear the dress with a skirt and/or top, the number of combinations with the dress and tights or no, earrings or no, necklace or scarf or none, and any pair of shoes, adds 9,744 additional choices. So a grand total of 180,564! Party on!”

Do I need to buy more clothes after this trip? I don’t think so because there must be a few combinations that I haven’t tried yet.

~~Sally Rose
Author of Amazon Nº. 1 Best Seller Penny Possible & A Million Sticky Kisses

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