This year, I’m taking part in a No New Clothes Challenge.
For the past five months, I haven’t purchased ANY new clothes.
I even stocked up on underwear before going into this project – so I have not purchased anything.
And it’s been great. I feel so. liberated!
I love fashion, I really do. And I thought I would feel like I’m missing out. I mean fashion moves so quickly, I was buying new items every week just to catch up and I STILL felt like I had nothing to wear.
But I don’t feel like that anymore. I still feel like I can ‘keep up’ with the latests trends without having to buy them. I just mix and match what I already have, occasionally I borrow an item or two – I’ve even brought some of my hubby’s old shoes out of retirement (thanks to the use of think socks). I don’t feel left behind, in fact I feel ahead because I’m not constantly chasing my tail.
I have clothes. I have good clothes. And now they are not only on high circulation – I genuinely appreciate the clothes I have.
I feel like I enjoy fashion so much more now. I kinda feel like I’ve ‘won’ it because I’ve figured out how to make my old clothes look like new clothes and how to get over wearing the same outfit over and over again (spoiler – no one actually gives a shit).
Five months in, and I’m not even looking for the finish line. Honestly, I don’t even know if there is one anymore I am so much happier with this new groove.
One could say it has changed my entire outlook by literally changing nothing at all!
It was recommended by a friend of mine when I told her about my no new clothes challenge, and it really embodies a lot of what I’m trying to achieve with this challenge.
Sure, it talks about consumerism a lot which is something I think a lot of us millennials face, and I honestly don’t know if I fully believe in their motivation. But it also talks about mindful living, and ethical fashion. I found that element particularly interesting, especially when one of the interviewees says, (rough quote) “I don’t have to worry about what I wear everyday… I don’t have many clothes but all my clothes are awesome.”
So I started back at work this month after 13 months on maternity leave. A few people questioned how I would go not buying new clothes… well to be honest I purchased my self a few new work outfits at the end of 2016. But honestly, it’s easier. I don’t look at my colleagues and think oh wow, that looks heaps profesh I should get a [insert item of clothing here]. In fact, I don’t even think about it… much.
Okey, sure- it’s a challenge and the first month has had its challenges. I realised that I have a lot of shit clothes. I also own a lot of stuff that just doesn’t fit, but I bought it for ‘one day’.
But I also own a lot of amazing clothes that I forgot about or simply don’t wear because it’s too special. I’m now pretty confident those items will be on high circulation for 2017.
So here’s what I’ve been wearing this month:
- A maxi- I purchased this at the end of 2016 and I’ve worn it about 6 times and the colour is already fading. I said to my hubby just today that 2016 Cass would have purchased 3 more, probably in similar styles and definitely on the lower end of quality. I definitely wish I’d spent a bit more and gotten a higher quality version.
- A princess highway short jacket- I’ve owned this baby for about 6 years and it’s had hundred of wears. I got it on sale for about $60 and almost didn’t buy it. It’s starting to fade pretty heavily so I’m considering dying it, but otherwise it’s still in great condition.
- Birkenstocks– I’m so glad I didn’t buy cheap knock offs. In true Cass fashion I purchased two pairs (because hey, they were on sale) but damn have they paid for themselves several times over!
- The Horse watch- 2 years old and still on the same band and battery.
So here’s what I’ve learnt this month:
- Shopping is a bordem killer for me. I still find myself looking for the ASOS app or resisting the urge to pop down to Sydney Rd Brunswick to browse the shops.
- It doesn’t make me happy. The excitement of buying is nice, but it passes far before my bank account has replenished itself.
- I don’t wear about 80% of my clothes- hopefully this will change!
- My son notices how much I buy, “mum, you can go look at clothes then I’ll go look at toys!”
- But he’s also adapted VERY quickly. After just a month he no longer expects something every time I go shopping.
I can’t believe I’m only a month in, but I already feel so refreshed!
If you’re interested in joining in, please share your pics using the #patchimperfect2017challenge hashtag.
*please note that this is not a sponsored post. All clothing that I have linked to I personally recommend based on quality, ethics and fit.
** I can accept gifts as part of the challenge. If you wish to gift me clothing please contact me, but I cannot guarantee a review.
No don’t worry, I’m not becoming a nudist. Not this year anyway…
I’vedecided to set myself a little bit of a challenge for 2017. Well, it’s actually a huge challenge for this shopaholic.
In 2017 I am not going to buy myself any new clothes.
Yup, I know.
You see, I have clothes. I have LOTS of clothes, because I LOVE clothes.
But over the past 2-3 years I’ve really stopped buying disposable clothing and started investing in good quality, long lasting clothes. Which, in theory, should save me money. BUT I have still been shopping away like I used to, except now I’m spending A LOT more money. And disposing of a lot less clothes. My wardrobe is at capacity!
So now it’s time to put my money where my mouth is or, more appropriately my money where my savings should be!
- I can not spend any money on new clothes/ or shoes
- This includes op shopping
- I can accept clothing/ shoes as a gift or enter competitions and win new clothing/ shoes
- I can accept gift certificates and use them for clothes, but I must stick within that limit
- I can purchase new underwear
- This challenge does not include new clothing for the kids
Damn, now that I’m writing it all down I realise just what I am getting myself into! But I’m excited. I’m excited to experiment with my current clothes, I’m hoping this inspires me to get my booty into some of my pre-pregnancy clothing and I’m hoping to inspire others to step away from cheap disposable fashion and start investing in high quality local fashion brands (although not ALL my clothes currently fit this criteria).
I’ll share my favourite look each week to let you guys know how I’m going. I also let you know what I’m wearing, how long I’ve had it and the quality of the pieces so you too can get excited about good quality clothing!
So here’s to 2017, to a new challenge and a fatter wallet (oh and hopefully a thinner me)!
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Today I wore shorts for the first time since my daughter was born. In fact, it was probably the first time in about 2 years. And guess what, the world is still standing!!
I used to think that I couldn’t wear shorts if I was a gram over 75kg. Why? Because, society, that’s why.
But then I had my second child, tipped the scales at 120kg and worked my absolutely bum off (literally) to get my health back. I’ve lost 30kg and I feel 100x better. Look, I’m not saying I’m at my peak.
What I am saying, is I wore shorts today. And it felt flipping good!
Christmas is just around the corner, and I have been Santa’s perfect little helper this year. If christmas were tomorrow, we’d be totally covered- and I have not even blown out the budget.
So I thought I’d have a little bit of fun with you all and share some of the things I would just LOVE for christmas this year, (apart from the healthy arrival of my little lady of course) *hint* Santa *hint*.
*This is not a sponsored post.
- With the way my feet have been this pregnancy, I could almost say that all I want for christmas is a pair of comfortable, supportive and not hideous shoes. And thanks to a fantastic sale I spotted on Catch of the Day recently, I’m quietly confident that I will be getting a pair of Birkenstock Madrid Birko Pearl Onyx Slider Flat Sandals.
- When I spotted the range of necklaces at Seed this year, I decided that I would be spoiling some of my family members with these beauties. And heck, I’d love it if Santa would spoil me too with the Bar Charm Necklace.
- I’ve spent a lot of money on a lot of different underwear and bras this pregnancy. So imagine my surprise when I slipped on the BONDS Maternity Contour Bra (RRP $30) and it was actually the most comfortable thing I’d worn in months. So I will certainly be asking Santa for a few more of these dream boats.
- This last one is something that I not only want for the style and functionality. I want it because I love nothing more than to sit at the table every night and eat dinner with my family, but the current state of my dining chairs makes it absolutely horrendous. I also wanted chairs that were easy to clean, so the White Metal Chair from Kmart would be perfect for us, cheers Santa. I might even find a little motivation to sew up some cushions too.
Christmas is my favourite time of year. It’s just so damn jolly. I always try to avoid making it too gift focused, but heck I do love a good unwrapping session on christmas morning.
And who knows, I might even be unwrapping them from hospital with my beautiful baby girl.
What’s on your christmas list?
Top: Country Road- Roll Neck Stripe T-shirt, $79.95
Skirt: Sportsgirl- Linear Lace Midi Skirt, $48.97
Shoes: Nike- Black Air Max Thea Trainers, $140.00
Earrings: Obus- Flock for Obus Tube Drop Earrings, $49.00
Winter sure is on it’s way, and I’m loving pulling all of my old winter clothes out of the closet. Here are some of my winter basic favourites!
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Knitted jumper: Country Road- Tuck Raglan Knit, $99.95
Shirt: Seed- Silk Sleeveless Shirt, $129.95
Skirt: H&M- Bell shaped skirt, $14,95
Boots: ASOS- New Look Wide Fit Emily Clean Buckle Flat Knee Boots, $65.50 (On Sale)
Necklace: Gorman- Moth shadow necklace, $69.00 (On Sale)
Beanie: Seed- All day beanie, $29.95