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The ‘Wear My Wardrobe’ Challenge: Why I’m Instating a Shopping Ban for the Third Year Running

January 1, 2019
Ghenet Actually || The Wear My Wardrobe Challenge

Every January, I do my ‘Wear My Wardrobe’ challenge and instate a shopping ban. The reason is twofold, really. One, because I am usually skint in January after having to make my paycheck last an extra week. Two, I’m trying to get out of the habit of wasting money on clothing I don’t like or wear. It’s kind of a way to renew my relationship with my clothing. So the ‘Wear My Wardrobe’ Challenge is back in action!

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

I thought about not doing the challenge again this year, honestly. I did it for the first time two years ago and again last year. So I thought, what can I do that’s any different this year?

Well, I think the conversation is coming from a different place.

I’ve grown a bit as a person, and my style has changed as well as my finances.

There has been a big conversation recently about fast fashion and how it’s having a negative effect on the environment. I’m trying to be a part of that less and less. We’re working to reduce our plastics and shopping is one way to do that.

My attitude toward clothing has also changed. I’m not trying to be trendy, really. For me it’s more about personal style.

Is the wardrobe that I’ve built over the last two years a good reflection of my taste?

I’ve also gained weight, so I’m solidly a size 18. Are the clothes in my wardrobe flattering to my shape or am I still hanging on to things that don’t fit, just because deep down I dream about being a smaller size?

I used to have a terrible relationship with clothing. I would buy so many cheap things because I thought I needed them. If I wore them at all, it would only be one or two times. The first time I did the Wear My Wardrobe challenge, I did it because I was so tired of feeling like I had nothing to wear.

So why not take a month to really figure out where I stand on the items in my wardrobe?

So, here are some rules I’m setting myself for the ‘Wear My Wardrobe’ challenge

  1. I will feature 3 outfits on the blog, and all of them will feature items of clothing already in my wardrobe.
  2. I am not allowed to buy any new clothing between January 1st and January 31st. The goal here is to appreciate what I’ve already got.
  3. I will endeavor to talk about why I purchased said items of clothing and my relationship with them, so it’s more personal!

I also encourage you to join in with me to try to show your wardrobe a little love! Tell me about the pieces you’ve bought that you can’t stop wearing! It’s so fun to share this with people, and now that I’ve decided to repeat it this year, I’m excited!

If you want to join in, share your outfits on Social Media using the hashtag #wmwchallenge!

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6 Comments

  • Reply Holly January 1, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    This is such a cool idea, and a great way to start the year with good habits! I sorted my wardrobe on the last day of 2018 and this morning it felt so fresh that I almost felt like I’d been shopping. It just shows you that shopping your own wardrobe can really be as good as real life shopping. I can’t wait to see your outfits this month!

    • Reply Ghenet January 1, 2019 at 4:35 pm

      Thank you! You’re so right. Shopping your own wardrobe is great but sometimes I need a reminder of what’s there!

  • Reply Sora January 1, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    I love the challenge! ♥ Can’t wait to see those outfits 😀

    Sora | http://dangerouslyme.com/

    • Reply Ghenet January 1, 2019 at 4:36 pm

      Thank you! Looking forward to showing folks what’s in my wardrobe!

  • Reply Michelle January 2, 2019 at 12:16 am

    What a great challenge! Might have to join you in this, even though I haven’t added to my wardrobe in months. Always fun to restyle ‘old’ pieces!

    • Reply Ghenet January 2, 2019 at 7:42 am

      Thank you! I enjoy doing it every year for sure! Sets me up to really make sure I’m only purchasing things I love instead of just buying useless things I’ll never wear!

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