Resolution can be such a dirty word. More often than not, we make these so called resolutions in January only to break them by March. They can be worthless if not looked after well. I decided, this year, a resolution wasn’t for me. However, a challenge was….a challenge at changing my outlook.
I have spent many hours in my office/closet marveling at all of the beautiful things that it contains. However, the vast majority of these pieces have only been worn once or twice. Let me tell you, it is an utter heartbreak to look at an item that you have spent $500+ on, only to realize that it’s not seeing the daylight nearly as much as it deserves. It’s not that I don’t love these items. I really do. I absolutely adore them. “Well”, you ask, “Why aren’t you wearing them then?” It is with a sad reply that I state, “There just aren’t enough days…and I keep purchasing new shiny objects to line my shelves and hangers with.” The joy that purchasing these items gives is intoxicating. I’m more often than not love drunk off of a purchase. What I often fail to admit is that this stupor is fleeting. It breaks my heart to admit that the silent whisper of my shopping cart calls to me within a week or two of purchasing an investment piece because this intoxication has faded and it is time to create the high again. Simply said, I’m addicted.
Upon realizing this, I’ve decided that a change is in order. I need a challenge. A change of thinking. I’ve evaluated and decided something somewhat extreme. I am not shopping for a year. Yes, you heard me right. Starting on Monday, this will overwhelming idea will commence.
Without doubt, no words fully encompass my feelings. Horrified doesn’t even begin to explain the emotion I feel about this. However, I’m curious. Can I actually do this? Can the girl who blogs about clothes, shops in the wee hours of the night, and dreams of purses actually stop shopping?
Here are my rules:
- No new clothes, shoes, handbags, or accessories can be purchased with my money. Basically, if it can be worn, it can’t be bought with the exceptions following.
- My birthday (February 27) will be exempt from the challenge. I will allow myself on my birthday to purchase items that I wish (within a budget).
- 4 hall passes will exist during the year. I will allow myself 4 occasions where purchasing something is permissible. No more than that. These 4 will be reserved exclusively for something that is so rare and so lust worthy that I might just die if I don’t purchase it. Considering the fact that I typically purchase hundreds of items for my closet each year this should be an endeavor indeed.
- However, if an item rips, tears, stains to the point where it can no longer be worn, it is permissible to repurchase the item.
- In early December, before I had even considered the idea of a no shopping year, I placed a Valentino Glam Lock handbag on layaway via Fashionphile. I will finish purchasing this handbag & it will become part of my collection around early February.
- Sponsorships & gifts do not count.
- I will blog my journey. You will continue to see outfit posts as you have. However, they will be a newfound creative mixture of items from my closet with my thoughts, feelings and fashionable desires mixed in along the way.
While incredibly horrified at the idea of essentially giving up one of my most favorite things, shopping, I am thrilled to see my creative energy bloom. Currently, because my wardrobe is ever growing, I rarely have to style pieces multiple ways. In fact, as stated earlier, I typically wear them once or twice (at most!) and then hang them up for safe keeping. As a result, my creative energy is lacking and I have truly missed challenging myself to create outfits based on what I have, rather than adding pieces to complete something new. In all honesty, when I was purchasing less, my stylistic eye was better as I was forced to create. It is with great hope that my creative inner fashionista returns as this process begins.
I must admit, this post scares the hell out of me to publish. I’m exposed discussing this, but I’m also afraid to fail. I’m feeling incredibly vulnerable and overexposed letting you all in to my thought processes like this. It’s not something that I ever thought I would do. However, hopefully, in sharing my story, I will be more apt to stick to this challenge and be able to gain inspiration as the days go on and the task gets increasingly difficult. Be sure to keep checking back to see how this challenge goes & getting more personal, informative & thought provoking content in the days that will come.