Okay – this is a little scary for me. I going to make a vow to myself. But in order for me to take this seriously, I need to be accountable to someone (that’s just how it works for me). So I’m going to be accountable to you. I hope that’s alright.
My vow, commitment, promise – challenge: I am not going to buy any new clothes for the next three months. That means: Through. The. End. Of. The. Year. Until 2017. I feel my resolve weakening as I write these words.
It’s not that I’m a shopaholic or anything. But, I’ll admit that I do like to shop. It’s fun to discover a new top or pair of pants and make it mine. I enjoy creating outfits in my head on my way home from making that new purchase.
I have this unspoken rule about the quantity of clothing that is allowed to live in my closet: If all the hangers are taken, then I either have to stop buying or get rid of something to make room for the new thing.
Since my Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up closet purge, I’ve had a number of empty hangers that had once been home to a variety of mostly tops. So . . . after I cleared out the pieces that no longer “sparked joy,” I was on kind of a mission to fill those hangers again!
But . . . do I really NEED new clothes? Hmmm.
I have been thinking I need some new boots for the fall/winter season. And maybe I need a black jacket (since I didn’t buy the planned-for black jacket in Monterey). I have been really wanting a new pair of exercise leggings for a while so I don’t have to launder so often the ones I have. I do think I need a couple of tops that are cold-weather appropriate and have a little more length than some of the ones I already have.
But really, do I NEED these things? Do I HAVE to fill those empty hangers? Well, if I’m going to be a grown-up about it: No! I don’t really need ANYTHING. My closet is full of pieces, and I have lots of things that can be mixed and matched to make probably more outfits than I would wear in a month.
So, I’m embarking on this grown-up mission, and I’m inviting you to keep me honest.
I’m excited to see what more responsible things I’m able to do with the money I won’t be spending on clothes. And I’m already trying to think outside the box to repurpose some of my summer looks into elements that can be incorporated into cooler weather looks.
Thanks for being my accountability manager. I’ll keep you posted on how I do. Actually, I’m kind of excited because I know I’ll feel empowered by being in charge rather than lured in by the emotional, siren song of the fashion/retail, you-need-this cycle.
Well, how about you – want to come along?
A great way to keep on track is to photograph different outfits or make a list of outfits you can put together. Then on those days that you don’t feel inspired or when your wardrobe is looking not so fresh and all the great things that you have are hiding between their neighbor clothes, you can consult your photos or the “go-to” list and, voilà, you can shop right in your closet instead of the mall.*
So . . . what do you say? Are you in
*I’m super excited to tell you about my new find – stay tuned for next week!
PS Notice the color wheel chart posted in the back of my closet in the photo at the top of this post? It’s in a perfect place – I can easily refer to it when I’m styling my outfits and need a reminder of what colors I can put together. Read about how to be your own color stylist here and print out the Color Wheel Cheat Sheet to post near your own closet!