Day 89: This Ted speaker packed nothing for TedActive but 7 pairs of undies

Don’t you hate packing for holidays and conferences? I certainly do. Regular readers might remember that  I have posted about my clothes packing dilemmas before. That’s why I think designer Jessi Arrington is one brave woman. She packed nothing in her suitcase for TedActive except for 7 pairs of undies!

Jessi Arrington never buys new clothing, but she is “outfit-obsessed”. She buys all her clothing from second-hand stores. She arrived in Palm Springs for her TedActive talk with nothing in her suitcase but undies as she trusted once she arrived she would be able to buy some second hand clothes and create some unique outfits.

She uses her Ted talk “Wearing nothing new” to share images of her newly found 7 outfits and also shares some life lessons that she has stumbled upon whilst wearing nothing new.

7 Life lessons learned from wearing nothing new according to Jessie Arringto

1. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to look great. I personally think that this very skewed ideology is ingrained into us from a  young age.  Media and popular culture teaches us that the higher the  value of our clothing the better it must look.

2. Colour is powerful.  Jessi says that it is impossible to not be happy when you are sporting bright red pants.

3. Fitting in is overrated.

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4. Embrace your inner child. Just think how much happier the world would be if we all learnt to embrace that inner child once and a while. Bliss.

5. Confidence is key.  Jessi says that you need to be confident in your look. Your body language makes up a big part of your outfit.  If you think that you look good in your outfit, then chances are you are right. If you don’t think that you look good in something, you might be right too.

6. Gold sequins go with everything.  

7. Develop your own personal style.  Jessi says we need to develop our own style. Our personal style can tell the world who we are without us needing to utter a word.

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There you have it 7 lessons Jessi has picked up by wearing nothing new. If you haven’t watched her Talk yet I strongly suggest you do so that you can see her amazing creations.

What do you think of Jessi’s 7 life lessons? I’d love to know what you think in the comment section below.

Vanessa Rose