A few weeks ago, a friend and I discussed the possibility of not spending any money on clothes or shoes during the month of February. Since we’re both fashion-obsessed but money conscious, it seems like a suitable challenge. Plus, February is the shortest month of the year making the sacrifice seem more doable.
While I don’t spend money on fashion every single month, I certainly buy more clothes and shoes than I need to. I also swap clothes with a friend every few months and donate quite a bit to Goodwill. Yet, my closet it still busting at the seams with clothes I seem to have lost interest in.
And that’s the part that boggles my mind — at one point, every item in my closet represented my latest find and something I was really excited to wear. Still, I find myself staring dumbly at my clothing racks day after day, wondering what the heck I’m going to wear.
Since I encounter this dilemma on a daily basis, I dug a little deeper and determined my problem: I get bored with my wardrobe because creating new outfits isn’t my strong point. I wear one outfit and then a few weeks later, wear that same outfit again. After two or three wears, I’m over it and want to hit the stores for something fresh.
Though they get a bad rap from people with “better things to do,” fashion bloggers who post images of themselves in outfit ensembles are insanely helpful to me (does anyone else mourn the loss of “What She Wore 365″?). I’m inspired by their look and recreate it with my own clothes, breathing new life into overlooked garments. The strategy of creating new ensembles with existing clothes is incredibly satisfying and makes the idea of a shopping embargo even more appealing.
After reading about a woman who successfully stopped buying things she didn’t need for 8 weeks, I’m seriously considering this challenge. I’m also interested in what everyone else has to say — have you challenged yourself to stop spending money on a certain item or activity? If so, how did it turn out?