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July: My name is Stephanie, and I bought a new skirt even though I promised I wouldn’t

I shopped.

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.


This is how Zara intended for the skirt to be worn.

…But I always need to mix it up! So the skirt became a dress

Earrings from Fashion Evolution

…and a top! Paired it with my Sew Lisa Belt that I made at Creating With Cocktails!



  1. Michelle

    August 3, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Wow. Pretty impressive the vision you have from looking at a skirt and making it into something else. I don’t think there are many people that have that ability!

    • Stephanie Ramlogan

      August 7, 2017 at 1:41 pm

      Thank you! I had done a Fashion Styling intensive in London, and an exercise was to bring 3 random garments and make completely different looks from them. (The instructor never told us why we had to bring the otems until the day we actually had them in hand) We had a certain number of looks to create n a certain amount of time… it really pushed me to get creative with clothes.

  2. Merideth

    August 3, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    When people look at my closet(s) and make a statement that I have so many clothes. I generally roll my eyes because they don’t understand. It’s like….telling a painter not to paint. We NEED clothes! It’s our medium. x

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