The funny thing is, I don’t even feel that guilty about it! Being in New York in the summer time is the most torturous experience for someone who has pledged not to buy any new clothes. I think I did pretty well for myself actually. So I bought this gingham wrap skirt from Zara (I know, I know. Of all the places… I went to a fast fashion retailer and broke my promise.) on sale for $19.99! Days later my friend saw the same skirt for $12.99, but let’s not dwell on the past. The no shopping is not just about money. I have no problem investing in clothing. Fashion is my life. My medium for creativity is clothing, so I NEED clothes. Not shopping is about being more mindful about the pieces that I do have. It’s about looking at tops and dresses with fresh eyes and being able to manipulate them so that they can be re-worn in different ways. It’s about getting the most out of my garments. It’s about committing to take special care of my clothes to have them last longer. I went to New York for 2 months, with one suitcase, packed with enough outfits for 12 days, and never wore the same look twice. Not shopping, and living out of a minimal wardrobe refreshed my vision and really pushed me to find versatility in my existing closet.
I do intend to continue my #NoNewClothes pledge. Balance is key. I might have slipped up, but it’s okay. I’ve already tried the skirt on a few different ways so I know it will stretch over many looks. I encourage you to shop like this- only buy something you can see yourself wearing multiple ways. Ironically you will be maximising your wardrobe by minimising it.