Edmonton woman hangs up black dress she wore every day for entire year

After 365 days together, an Edmonton woman is ending her close relationship with a single dress.

Elizabeth Withey will put her beloved little black dress back in the closet, after wearing it every single day for all of 2015.

See Full Article

Withey, who is a newspaper columnist and the writer-in-residence at the Edmonton Public Library, started the project last Jan. 1, to test her ability to live a simpler life. She bought a single, locally-designed, ethically made black jersey dress, which she soon named "Laverne."

Throughout the year she documented her experiment on her blog, "Frock Around the Clock."

To mark their whole year together, Withey has made some big plans to celebrate the end of their journey.

"I'm going to take her out to dinner on New Year's Eve, just she and I," she told CTV Edmonton. "So I'm sure the people at the other tables might say, 'Why is that woman eating by herself?'"

"Maybe I'll explain again. It'll be an opportunity to make some friends or talk about the project."

Throughout the year, Withey wore the same dress at all times, with the exception of when she exercised or went to bed. She was also free to accessorize the dress as she saw fit.

Looking back, she said the dress was one of the most consistent things in her life for 2015.

"There were many ups and downs in my life, but there weren't too many in terms of the project," she said. "It became quite quickly a very routine, sort of ritualistic thing to do."

Some of those major life changes Withey saw included the end of her marriage, a move, and the start of kindergarten for her son.

She shared all of it on her blog, never shying away from discussing personal matters, like her brother being homeless.

Withey blogged about her brother, who is bipolar, recalling all the time they spent together during the Christmas holidays as kids. Her brother has six children, five of whom are in foster care, she says.

"I wish we did have a family that we could joke together about something as trivial as wearing the same dress every day, instead of us calling the police and trying to explain to his kids," she said.

Looking back, she said she has no regrets about the experiment in paring down her wardrobe, but she is looking forward to moving on.

"I'm just going to wake up on January first and decide what I’m going to put on … I don't know what it will be yet," she said.

With a report from CTV Edmonton's Dez Melenka



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Plane caught in power lines after crash in U.S., crews work to rescue 2 occupants

    World News CTV News
    GAITHERSBURG, Md. - A small plane carrying two people got stuck in live power lines Sunday evening in Maryland, causing widespread power outages in the surrounding county as officials worked to extricate the aircraft and its occupants. Source
  • NFL free agent Odell Beckham Jr. removed from Miami flight by police

    World News CBC News
    NFL free agent Odell Beckham Jr. was removed by police from an aircraft before takeoff at Miami International Airport after officials said he failed to respond to requests to buckle his seatbelt and appeared to be unconscious, police and airline officials said Sunday. Source
  • Why anti-poverty researchers bristle at holiday appeals for food bank donations

    Canada News CTV News
    St. John's - Campaigns for food bank donations are a staple of the holiday season, but some Canadian food insecurity researchers say the appeals can be tough to swallow. Josh Smee, the executive director of the Newfoundland and Labrador-based non-profit Food First N.L. Source
  • B.C. announces plan to license more internationally trained doctors

    Canada News CBC News
    British Columbia announced several new measures to bring more doctors to the province, amid an ongoing shortage of physicians and strained emergency departments. Premier David Eby says the province is tripling the number of seats in the Practice Ready Assessment program, going from 32 spots to 96 by March 2024. Source
  • B.C. to license more internationally trained doctors to combat physician shortage

    Canada News CBC News
    British Columbia announced several new measures to bring more doctors to the province, amid an ongoing shortage of physicians and strained emergency departments. Premier David Eby says the province is tripling the number of seats in the Practice Ready Assessment program, going from 32 spots to 96 by March 2024. Source
  • Infant among 7 dead in Italy landslide

    World News CBC News
    Search teams have recovered seven dead, including a three-week-old infant and a pair of young siblings, buried in mud and debris that hurtled down a mountainside and through a densely populated port city on the resort island of Ischia, officials said Sunday. Source
  • Mexico's Lopez Obrador leads massive pro-government march

    World News CTV News
    MEXICO CITY - Hundreds of thousands of people marched in Mexico's capital Sunday in a show of support for President Manuel Lopez Obrador, who before assuming the presidency had led some of the country's biggest protests. Source
  • Hey hey, there's some monkeys! Thai festival honours fuzzy residents

    World News CBC News
    A meal fit for monkeys was served on Sunday at the annual Monkey Feast Festival in central Thailand. Amid the morning traffic, rows of monkey statues holding trays were lined up outside the compound of the Ancient Three Pagodas, while volunteers prepared food across the road for real monkeys — the symbol of Lopburi province, around 150 kilometres north of Bangkok. Source
  • Walmart shooting claims teen, young woman, father, mother

    World News CTV News
    A 16-year-old helping his family. A custodian and father of two. A mother with wedding plans. A happy-go-lucky guy. A longtime employee. That's how friends and family described some of the six people killed at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, when a manager opened fire with a handgun before an employee meeting Tuesday night. Source
  • Iraqi PM: Probe recovers part of $2.5B embezzled from taxes

    World News CTV News
    Auger-Aliassime, Shapovalov give Canada 1st Davis Cup title Canada won its first Davis Cup title on Sunday, beating Australia behind victories from Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime. Source