(SO in this post I prove that I can accurately convey emotions through facial expressions and hand gestures, exciting no?!)
I thought it might be time to do an update on my crazed decision not to buy clothes for an entire year. I’m
22 23 days into this challenge and at times my vow to end shopping and plaster this vow all over the internet makes me feel like this:
Grumpy. “Whhhhyyyyyy?!” I ask myself. “I’m already bored!”. Most of my friends and family have been uber supportive and told me they think I won’t last. How lovely of them.
Thankfully Grumpy doesn’t stick around for long before the purgatory of emotions comes to stay:
“OH well!” I tell myself. “It’s only a year!”. This she’ll be right attitude is what will see me through. In the last 22 days I’ve identified a few things that will make Wearing My Wardrobe a little less painful, and should you want to embark on your own shop-free challenge or get the most out of your wardrobe I have a few tips:
A few times this month I’ve almost burst a blood vessel in my eye from sheer frustration as I’ve gone to put something on and realised there is a button missing, the zip is broken or a seam is split from the time I swore I could scale a tall fence with a single ballerina leap. So pull out your Mum’s sewing kit (the one that still has those labels with your name on them from when you were 8) and get onto that biz. Or find someone who can.
I read somewhere that during WWII women often only had one or two pairs of stockings and had to repair them if they got holes. Failing that, they would use eyeliner to draw a mock seam down the backs of their legs to create the look of nylon stockings. While I’m not quite at the point where I need to draw on my clothes I think a few repairs should be easy enough.
I have a few dresses that need about 5 inches off the end to make them wearable, until then they are as useful to me as a screen door on a submarine. I should also mention underwear, I have a couple of skirts that I have only recently identified as see-through (the horror) so I need to find some appropriate undergarments stat. Also good for synthetic material is anti static spray to stop that awkward clinging and potential electric shocks on escalators.
3 Don’t go shopping!
This seems quite obvious, but sometimes shops are hard to avoid. I went into a local shop on Saturday and one of the shop assistants and fellow blogger Jenelle was like “what are doing in here?!”. Sometimes living in a small place has its perks. I wasn’t really tempted by anything though.
So far, so good. I also should mention that I have noticed a few spare dollars rolling around in my bank account, which is nice.
And finally a big shout out to Jo and Chloe who are also not buying any clothes this year, it’s great to know I’m not alone!
(Ps. how did my facial expressions go?! could you have guessed them without the captions? Be honest)