A year is a long time to avoid the clothing store. 365 days. 8760 hours.
Did I really just commit to that?
Last year I experimented with a capsule wardrobe for nine months before deciding that it was not for me. Paring down my wardrobe to 37 items forced me to define my 30’s style, which took a lot of trial and error for a non-fashionista like me.
Unfortunately, it also resulted in a lot of wasted money on clothes that I thought I would love when I bought them, but soon realized that they did not suit me, after all.
The good news is that I finally figured out what I love in the world of fashion. The bad news is that I think I spent more money on clothes in the past year trying to figure that out than I spent in the previous several years combined.
When we decided a few weeks ago that it was time to get serious about getting out of debt, I knew that some sacrifices were inevitable. With mostly newish clothes in my closet, I told Greg that I would not buy any new clothes for myself for one year. He laughed and told me he would believe it when he saw it, which only encouraged me to press forward.
Let the games begin, with these exceptions:
1. I can buy underwear and socks if I need them. Nobody should have to go without those essentials.
2. I can buy shoes, but not unless I really need them. I make this exception because I only own a few pairs of shoes (that are not new) and they get LOTS of wear. I’m not sure that they will all hold up for another full year.
Otherwise, no shopping.
Since I made this commitment a few weeks ago, I have been tempted by beautiful catalogs in the mail and sales at my favorite stores. If only I had waited a few more weeks to take a shopping sabbatical…
This might be harder than I thought it would be.
The truth remains, however, that my closet is well-stocked with items that I love. They are all good quality. They all fit nicely. The colors make me happy.
I don’t need anything.
It is time for me to start ignoring all of the underlying cultural messages that more clothes in the newest seasonal fashions bring happiness. I must learn to be content with what I already have.
Because I have enough.
It is time for me to unsubscribe from email lists from my favorite stores so that I am not tempted by their sales and new arrivals. It is time to use this free service to stop those beautiful catalogs from being delivered to my mail box.
It is time to stop looking around at what I could have and be grateful for what I already own.
My wallet will undoubtedly thank me. It will remind me of how to tell the difference between wants and needs – a practice that has been clouded in recent years by threads of consumerism.
A year of no shopping for clothes may be just what I need on so many levels. It will not be easy, but I hope it will be worth it for the lessons that I learn in the process.
Do you have any tips for being content with what you already own rather than looking for fulfillment in buying more stuff? Please share so that we may all learn from each other.