|“Less Is More” Art installation by Pravdoliub Ivanov, 2011. Source
Last post I talked about my Quiet Diet, my commitment to not buy anything for my wardrobe for the month of June (maybe July). You all gave fabulous feedback and many of you are experiencing similar urges. A few commented that you’d like to take a break from shopping, but find it’s really challenging.
It is! For so many reasons. Shopping/buying brings an instant thrill of the new. We humans are wired to respond to novelty and variety. We also like to gild the lily – we who read fashion/style blogs, anyway – and every new purchase provides that opportunity to look a little fresher.
Then there’s the constant, and I mean constant bombardment to buy more! Now! Before it’s too late! The marketing emails alone could swamp me on any given morning. Old Navy and Gap send two of each, and every day is sale day, every freaking day. Coach, Lands End, ASOS, Ideeli, Talbots, and Nordies, ad infinitum. I have unsubscribed to most of these and I don’t miss the clutter in my inbox or the gnawing temptation to add yet another “cute top” to my overstuffed drawers.
And there is, of course, the social and time-filling factor of shopping. I do love browsing through thrift and consignment stores. I love paging through Etsy, and can always find something wonderful there. It’s a hobby, a pastime, a sport. I am not giving those things up, just using this break to look at non-wardrobe treasures like books and vintage magazines, or gifts for my family.
|Being in the mental health field, I dare to disagree with the math here, but I get the idea!
As the end of June approaches, I feel relaxed and confident with what’s in my closet. I’ve saved a little money – not a lot, because I rarely spend a lot anyway. I have more appreciation of what I already own and look at it with new eyes – my closet is my own little store where everything already fits me. ☺
Once again, I would love to hear your thoughts. If you are deciding to cut back on wardrobe spending, what’s helping you stick to it? What are the biggest obstacles? Is shopping for clothing a hobby for you as well?
And oh yeah, I’ll be buying clothes/accessories again, no later than September when we pretend it’s getting cooler here! Have a wonderful Thursday and thanks for reading.