Shop-less and Savvy

30 clothing items and no shopping for 30 days

 

The Rules: For this little 30 day endeavor of mine I am limited to wearing 30 pieces of clothing including shirts, skirts, dresses, pants, shorts, jackets, etc and 10 bag and shoe options. Jewelry doesn’t count.

 

The Details: I will post pics of each clothing item after I wear it. Once I hit the max number of items – I have to get creative until the 30 days are up.

 

The Goal: 1) To appreciate, instead of taking for granted, the clothing I have and 2) to develop an understanding of what I actually need instead of continually shopping for the sake of shopping and ending up with a ridiculous amount of low-quality, trendy clothing 3) Thus ending the I-have-nothing-to-wear’s.

 

The Items:

(what I’ve worn so far) 

 

Totals:

Clothing: 26 (30 max)
Shoes: 7 (10 max)
Accessories: 18 (unlimited)

 

The Outfits:

View the outfits, starting with day 1, here.

 

The Story: 

It all started a couple weeks ago when I went to one of those All-American, All-In-One Stores to pick up some fruit, 3 pound weights for dance-cardio, and other various items. Most of what I held in in my hands in 20-items-or-less aisle was semi-necessary, but I felt slightly ashamed over one item: a $12 dress.

Though this is something I will probably wear under a blazer and with some boots sometime in the Fall, I didn’t need it. It’s low-quality, not that interesting, and only kind of cute.

I’m not irritated about where I bought it. I’m irritated about why I bought it.

My problem is I only really like clothes when they are new.

So there this dress hangs in my closet with the tags on, not changing my life, not serving me in any way, and adding clutter to my life.

 

Later that day, I read about a blogger who picked 30 items out of her closet and re-wore them in new and fun ways for 30 days. She wrote about how much she appreciated what she had and developed a real idea of what she actually wanted after the endeavor.

So, my lovely readers, I have officially not shopped since August 1st and I vow to you that I will not purchase a single clothing item until after my birthday on September 12th.

The outfits I wear from August 13th to September 12th can be viewed here.

 

 

The End Result: 

 

{Creativity} During the 30 days I quickly found that I was much more relaxed as I stood in my closet flipping through the hangers. This time was filled with creative inspiration. I wasn’t thinking of what I didn’t have or how many times each item may or may not have already appeared on facebook & concentrated on finding new ways to wear the things I had limited myself to. .

 

{Appreciation} Since I wasn’t focusing on what I didn’t have I was able to actually feel thankful for all I had. Surprisingly 30 items is more than enough to create cute looks for everyday – I only ended up using 27 items :) There will always be more stuff to buy, but there will not always be this moment to love what we have right now. 

 

{Old Habits}  Now it’s easy to see how my shopping habits weren’t really serving me. I didn’t notice until digging through sale-racks was no longer an option, how often I was doing so. I feel like this habit was ultimately making my life more stress filled. When I shopped without thinking I  would more than likely end up a) buying something just to have something new b) settling for the best of the bad c) buying 10 things when I only really liked 2.

I then ended up with way too many things i didn’t love at all.

 

{New Habits}  When you break a habit & start fresh you have the freedom of choosing a new way of doing things. I feel like I now buy fewer things, less often, but end up with all things I feel amazing about.

When the 30 days initially ended I was way out of the habit of spending money on clothes. Like… it felt weird to think about doing so. Once I finally went, I opted to use some gift cards I had & keep the saving going on a little longer. Since I was out of my destructive habits, I actually only spent the amount on the card instead of telling myself that having a gift-card meant I could spend more. I ended up with leather leggings, & two super fun and unique pastel tops that will be on the blog shortly.

When I finally decided to shop again for real, it had been 8 weeks since the 30 days started. I went into a store, tried on a few things, put back anything I didn’t completely love & left with things I could not wait to wear. 

All trends I’ve been craving. All items I can wear a trillion ways. And all things I feel super pumped about.

 

{The Final Outfit} It’s bananas, but the final outfit for the end of the 30 days just so happens to be the very dress I wrote about on Day 1. The dress that inspired all of this. A silly low-quality, inexpensive dress that I bought just to have something new while walking through a store on the way to grab something else. 

The dress isn’t bad, it’s actually fine, but it’s not amazing. It works as something I might put on some Sunday to run an errand or grab a coffee. It obviously eventually got worn… but at what cost? 

 

{The Lesson} It’s not invigorating to stand in the 20-or-fewer-item line holding something you don’t even like. It’s not inspiring to ignore everything you have & focus on what else you could get, further causing an obsession with what’s new. It doesn’t change my life or anyone elses to be unappreciative & focus on lack when I could  use my love of fashion to create, inspire, & spread a positive message.

I desire to value myself & my hard earned money more than that. I desire to love all of the aspects of my life more than that. Since fashion is clearly an area where I feel inspired, actively blocking myself with ungratefulness is the opposite of what I want to do. Buyers-remorse & cluttered closets were not leading to more appreciation in my life. It may sound silly in this context, but I truly believe that any place in your life that you are not grateful, you can never be happy.