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The Wear My Wardrobe Challenge

January 5, 2018
Ghenet Actually || The Wear My Wardrobe Challenge

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!

Ghenet Actually || The Wear My Wardrobe Challenge
Ghenet Actually || The Wear My Wardrobe Challenge
Ghenet Actually || The Wear My Wardrobe Challenge

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 activelyΒ 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 forΒ 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!

leopard skirt, anthropologie // popcorn bag, modcloth // name necklace, tatty devine // pink jumper, miss selfridge // leopard bag, asos // tassel earrings, h&m // check trousers, dorothy perkins // hello you breton, sugarhill boutique // pink satchel, cambridge satchel company // just like a woman tee, fanclub clothing

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  • Reply Becky January 6, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    I think this is a brilliant concept to embrace! Your reasoning for giving it a go is absolutely spot on – I always find myself buying pieces that I have a million-and-one of already, maybe a bit of breathing space from the shops would reveal what I’m really missing. Super into the patterns and colours of your outfits too!

    Becky πŸ™‚

    • Reply Ghenet January 8, 2018 at 3:32 pm

      Thanks! I love me a good pattern and a bright color! I’m already super aware of the things I definitely need, but it comes from a more conscious place, and if I’m not 100% in love with something, I’m not going to buy it! I’ve definitely had to retrain my brain that way!

  • Reply Charlotte | What Charlotte Baked January 10, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    I love this idea! I’m definitely the person who keeps buying pretty much the exact same maroon knitted jumper and owns like two pairs of jeans that actually fit.

    I’m on a bit of a spending ban at the moment, and so I’ve been pinning things to a board on pinterest whenever I want to buy them, and then at the end of the month I’m going to buy myself one thing off it as a treat. That way I won’t just fritter my money away on Primark jumpers, and instead get something I love – like your Anthropologie skirt!

    Thanks for the inspiration to have a wardrobe clear out πŸ™‚

    • Reply Ghenet January 11, 2018 at 10:09 am

      Yes! That’s the habit I’m trying to break myself of! It makes such a big difference!

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