NO BUYING CLOTHES FOR A WHOLE MONTH?!!
I stumbled across a blogging challenge online hosted by Looking Fly on a Dime, an NYC- based blogger who is not buying new clothing for an entire year and will only shop at charity shops.
I was immediately inspired to do the same especially as I’d just read Overdressed:The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion which exposes the manufacture and production of cheap high-street clothing in scathing detail.
Overdressed, it’s author Elizabeth L. Cline and the contents of her wardrobe!
Although we all know the manufacture of cheap clothing has its costs to both human life and the environment, it’s easy to ignore this when faced with a bargain.
I don’t intend to sound self-righteous as I buy mostly cheap clothing and love fashion but the book did make me think about my clothing consumption and consumer habits. I already love shopping at charity shops and literally cannot walk by one so I thought why not try the challenge?
However no new clothing for a year seems like a crazy notion to me so I thought I’d try it for one month. The challenge has been accomplished successfully twice by Patrice from Looking Fly on a Dime but she lives in New York where there are more charity shops and indeed more shops in general 😛
She encourages her readers to try the challenge as well but not to set themselves unrealistic goals, i.e. try it for a month or two.
Now I have a hideous lack of self-control, motivation and willpower so we’ll see how I get on!
Thankfully I am not required to buy new clothing for work so that is one obstacle overcome. If nothing else it may teach me how to have more control! I once ambitiously tried not to buy any clothing for all of Lent (I now do not observe Lent as I don’t believe in sacrifice or organised religion..) I think I lasted about two weeks.
The only exceptions to the challenge are underwear and hosiery which for obvious reasons are best bought new. Patrice also set herself a spending limit of $50 for each month but as I’m doing it for one month I’m not going to do this.
I know already today I have to return a pair of shoes that are too large for me so I hope I don’t get sucked in by the sales!
It’s going to be really difficult when I see all the lovely sale bargains everywhere but hopefully I can do it. January is a terrible time to do this but it will be fun to try it. It’s a great incentive to save money as I really need to put money away for the future. Obviously I’m motivated by economic and selfish reasons rather than ethical reasons but no harm in being accidentally ethical.
If anyone else is interested in doing this, visit some of the following charity shops. The Macro charity shop which provides assistance to community and voluntary agencies in the local area just off North King Street and all down Capel Street there are great little charity shops that I’ll be visiting.
My favourite local charity shop has to be Respect in Stoneybatter where I’ve found genuine Longchamps and DKNY bags in the past!
I know anyone wishing to do this who doesn’t live in a city or near a big town may find it more difficult as there are less charity shops but where there’s a will there’s a way and at least you won’t be near temptation either! I hope it will be fun rather than painful and I’m aware you can make unnecessary and impulse purchases in charity shops too so I’ll bear that in mind. I’ve gotten some great bargains in charity shops and lots of my thrited style photos are on my Instagram.
I intend to put my substantial wardrobe to good use also during the challenge. The premise of my blog has always been about affordable fashion and being creative, not mindless consumerism.
Let me know what you think and if you’re doing this challenge or a similar one. WISH ME LUCK! I’m going to need it! Thanks for reading as always and don’t forget to check out my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook page here.