I have had on my mind for some time the want for new clothes verses the need for new clothes. I shop because i very much enjoy it. The scouring the rails, the online browsing the buzz from purchasing that new outfit all thrills me. But its like an addiction. Each week i fInd myself needing/wanting to buy something new, adding more and more to my ever growing wardrobe. A few pieces added due to weight loss and need for new jeans is understandable, but the constant dress buying? The need for new knitwear? Its excessive. SO…
I want to try something i have never done before.
I am inflicting a 100 day shopping ban on myself.
Firstly, the money i save will, obviously, be wonderful. I want to put this towards a number of trips for us to have as a family this summer. I can’t afford new clothes every week and trips in the summer. Priorities.
Secondly, i do not need anymore clothes. I probably have enough clothes to wear a different outfit for everyday of the year. I have favourites that i often stick to, and i have some great re-mixable pieces. I want to really get in to using what i already have rather than always buying something new and getting a buzz from that. I want to feel fabulous in my existing clothes and how clever i can be with making new outfits out of old pieces.
I have to say i am actually a bit nervous. Shopping is my hobby, and i thoroughly enjoy it too. But where does the purchasing stop, does it ever? I feel a bit wasteful right now as i don’t get enough wear out of what i already own. Some pieces are worn once then shunned to the back of the wardrobe never to see the light again, this is just wasteful and a bit shameful 🙁
So i am going to go 100 days without clothes shopping (my shopping ban isnt on food and essentials…obvs, just clothes and accessories ) I have a couple of exceptions which i am allowing myself.
1. lingerie. Needs must girls and i currently do need some upgrades so that will be something i will allow some purchases of.
2. Makeup/hair stuff, if i need it then i will allow myself to buy some products. What i do plan on doing is running down/using completely any current products i have( ie use all shampoo then buy new rather than having 3 different ones on the go because you like a change of smell,lol,anyone else do this?!)
3. If companies would like to send me samples i will happily accept these, because who doesnt love free stuff?!
And that is it.
Anyone who wants to join in, (which would be awesome!! we can make a little #100dayshoppingban group and encourage one another and help when we feel weak!) please let me know in the comments below and we can link up once weekly here on RTH. Or gimme a tweet @RachelTheHat and let me know.
Even if we only make it half way, to me this would be amazing. I am hoping to do this. I have pretty good will power once my mind is set and this would be a great achievement on so many levels (better for the bank balance, better for the environment!)
Shoes: & Bag Dorothy Perkins
Just lastly i have to say a big thank you to Persunmall for the lovely package i received just after Christmas. I chose myself a few gorgeous products including this Blue Knit Dress which i absolutely adore.. this blue is definitely a favourite of mine this winter! Its a great textured knit (all be it a bit short), but makes for a great tunic style with leggings, perfect for throwing on and doing the school run or even popping out for lunch. Im in love. Now to remix this bad boy of the next couple of months, yay!!