362 days of no clothes shopping, 3 days of weakness
H&M jacket, Loft suit, Ann Taylor top
In hindsight, I think I did better than expected (I totally thought I had bought more shoes, but I couldn't find any others). I didn't count gifts into my recap, but I did get some nice wearable ones, too. My closet still isn't as pared down as I'd like it to be, but it's getting there. And I'm appreciating my pieces more, too. For the longest time I was a basic basic basic girl. I had crew-neck short-sleeve tees in 6-7 colors, crew-neck long-sleeve tees in 5 colors, 5-6 of the same basic tank, 5 pairs of flip-flops, and the same pair of jeans in 3 different washes. As I've become more creative with my outfits and pairings, I'm drawn less and less to my simple staples and more to special pieces and finishing accessories. Somewhere in the past I had apparently decided that I needed an excuse to dress up (beyond jeans, tees, and flip-flops) and look put together--this diet (and this blog) has showed me that I don't.
Thinking about starting your own shopping diet? Here are some tips.
- Set parameters. Are you abstaining from clothes, shoes, accessories, or all of the above?
- Set a timeline. That way you'll know when you've succeeded. Start small if you have to. My first shopping diet was for a quarter in college (10 weeks), and then I did 6 months in 2009. Baby steps.
- Unsubscribe to retailer and sale emails or delete them immediately. DO. NOT. OPEN.
- Ask for help and support from your friends and shopping buddies. It helps.
- Swap and accept. Whether it's permanently (through a swap event), borrowing clothes from a friend, or scouring your mom's closet for hand-me-downs, there are several ways to work new pieces into your outfit without spending a dime. Even if they're not your style at first glance, try it out. You can always give it back or pass it on.
Have you ever embarked on a shopping diet? For how long? What did you learn?