I’M NOT ALONE in trying to control my lust for new clothes (see my four earlier Shopping Diet posts). According to an item in the New York Times (“Shoppers on a ‘Diet’ Tame the Urge to Buy,” July 21, 2010), two more stringent and organized versions exist: The first, Six Items or Less (that should be Six Items or Fewer, says my inner grammar curmudgeon), challenges people to pick a half-dozen items (excluding underwear, shoes, and accessories) and wear only those for a month (check sixitemsorless.com). The second is more ambitious: The Great American Apparel Diet calls on consumers to abstain from clothes shopping (except for underwear) for an entire year (thegreatamericanappareldiet.com). It started September 1, 2009, and ends in a month, but there may be another round this fall. I might sign up for one or the other (in community there is strength).