“Ooo, you’ll be able to buy clothes soon. Got a list?”
I’ve heard this quite a bit for the last month or so.
Before I set about even thinking of buying, it’s time to do a little reflection.
I have almost finished my year without buying clothes.
And what have I learnt?
That I had a skewed idea of enough.
That cheap fashion has a high cost on the environment and on others.
That I don’t need new clothes to look good.
That I prefer to spend my money on reducing my mortgage and on travel. But I frittered lots of money on buying lots and lots of clothes.
That one new piece (a jacket, a pair of shoes) can lift an outfit.
That a wardrobe with space looks luxurious and makes it easier to take out and put back clothes and to get dressed. And keeps clothes from getting crushed.
That I had clothes I forgot I even owned (and that shows I owned too much.) And shopping my wardrobe is fun.
That I do actually wear most of my clothes regularly and the 20/80 rule doesn’t apply to me.
That I do enjoy beautiful clothes, and having a variety of outfits to wear. I also enjoy being noticed and having compliments paid to my outfits.
And finally, that when I made up my mind to not buy clothes, it became easier and easier to stick to that commitment.