You might remember this time last year I was doing a self inflicted shopping ban, and decided that my wardrobe needed a little bit of love. Well, I’ve decided to resurrect that again this year! The ‘Wear My Wardrobe’ challenge is officially on! I am not allowed to buy any new clothes for the entire month of January. I can only wear what I already have, and I must make outfits from them!
The challenge came about last year because my bank account post-Christmas was looking a little bit bleak, and because I felt like I didn’t like most of the clothing that I had bought over the preceding few months. So I decided it was time to get creative!
It’s weird to look at these photos from just a year ago, because a) my posing now is SO different! and b) I still had the remnants of blonde hair. Oy vey! Still, my reasons for bringing back this challenge are a little multi-faceted. Let me explain…
I can assess where the holes are in my wardrobe
At the moment, I already know I have like 2 pairs of trousers and a million jumpers. Not allowing myself to impulse buy clothing means I can actually pinpoint what I am in need of. Like trousers… and socks… you can never have enough pairs of socks! By doing the ‘Wear My Wardrobe’ challenge, I can really figure out what I need in invest in, and what I need to stock buy. It answers that question of what I need in order to make my wardrobe complete!
I can find pieces I love, instead of buying for the sake of it
I sometimes find that I buy things just for the sake of it; a month later, it’s on a hanger gathering dust! By taking a little time to actively not shop, I’m being much more considerate about what I due end up spending my money on… like my leopard print skirt from Anthropolgie! I had that beauty on my pinterest board for ages before I finally bought it. I tried it on a few times, in the store, and couldn’t stop thinking about it days later. I’m trying to be better with money, and spending it all willy nilly on clothing I don’t even like seems like such a waste! Last year, the ‘Wear My Wardrobe’ challenge really made me think about how I was spending money when it came to clothing; I’d like to continue that process this year too!
I can fall back in love with what’s in my wardrobe
Taking a little time to only wear what’s already in my wardrobe means I have the time to fall back in love with what I already own. There are things in there that I bought for a reason, and yet, have barely seen the light of day! Why is that, do you think? Why do I sift through the rack and think, ‘I’ve got nothing to wear, when in fact, the very opposite is true? I’ve got plenty of clothing, and sometimes it just takes a little reminder of why it’s there.
It’s easier to get rid of what I don’t wear
If I’ve gone a whole month and felt completely uninspired by something, well, chances are, I’m going to rid myself of it. What’s the point of hanging on to something I’m never going to put on again? I can free up that hanger for something I love (once the shopping ban is lifted of course!) and end up with a wardrobe full of pieces I genuinely love. To be honest, I’m looking forward to trimming the fact, and freeing up a little space!