Nothing makes me happier than a new item of clothing.
Whether it’s the high street, a charity shop or a vintage kilo sale, I’ll be there, purse in hand, seeking the dopamine hit that comes with the latest purchase.
However, I have often bought items on impulse that didn’t really fit or suit me or didn’t match anything in my wardrobe. And this often happens when it comes to buying summer or holiday clothes.
These unworn items gather dust in bags, with me occasionally trying them on and discarding them in a huff and eventually they end up in the charity shop (usually when I move house because I’m quite the hoarder).
While going through my summer wardrobe, I realised I had quite a lot of things from the year before that I had not worn or only worn a few times.
For instance, I had two swimsuits and a bikini barely worn and shorts and a skirt that I hadn’t worn as they were *ahem* a little snug.
I have put on weight over the past year and a half and while I’m still relatively slim, I was hanging onto clothes that didn’t fit in the hopes I could somehow squeeze into them later in the year.
This is a toxic trap because I ended up feeling miserable every time I tried on something that didn’t fit.
While I ordered a couple of things online for holidays, nothing was quite right and I ended up returning everything. I was also short on cash prior to going away so I couldn’t afford lots of new things.
Eventually, I decided to just bring all my summer clothes and resolved to bring anything I didn’t wear to the charity shop on my return.
Here’s a taste of what I wore to Barcelona and how I created a capsule wardrobe with the clothes and shoes I already had.
On our visit to Park Guell, I wore a casual and comfy outfit as there was a lot of walking uphill involved.
I also wore these shorts on our first full day in Barcelona, with a Guns N Roses tee.
They are one of my favourite items in my wardrobe but they are almost threadbare and I needed to get them patched before holidays.
I recommend altering or fixing your clothes before buying new ones but I may have to say adios to these shorts soon.
For nights out, I had packed a couple of options, including my black leather skirt.
This was €5 from Betty Bojangles which sells secondhand and vintage clothing in Smithfield and I absolutely love the fit and mock croc finish.
I paired it with my Shein green sequin top for dinner on our first night and wore it with my Topshop floral bodysuit for drinks with friends.
For our trip to the Bunkers del Carmel, which is a popular spot on the city limits where people gather to enjoy the view, I wore a summery blue and white dress which I found in a charity shop for €4 during the heatwave.
It was the hottest day when we went to the Basilica Sagrada Familia (that big ol’ church) and I somewhat foolishly chose a crop top and high waisted skirt.
I know you aren’t meant to wear “revealing” clothing to sacred places and I was told to pull the top down on the way in but as it was the end of the trip, I was running out of outfits.
This top from Penneys and the blue a-line skirt was bought in sale from Stradivarius.
I did (unintentionally) wear cross earrings, which I feel made up for my otherwise poor outfit choice!
I choose this light floral H&M dress for strolling on the Rambla de Catalunya and admiring Casa Battlo.
To complete my wardrobe, I brought two bags, a crossbody and a rucksack, as well as several necklaces, earrings and four pairs of shoes.
When I came home, I immediately took the clothes I hadn’t worn to the charity shop- they were all too small anyway!
I think that if you’re struggling to let go of unworn/old clothes, giving yourself an ultimatum such as wearing them by a certain date can work.
I’m very glad that I didn’t buy any new swimwear as we ended up only going to the beach once for a stroll on our final day. We had attempted to go another day but got caught in a giant thunderstorm! So I actually didn’t get to wear my bikini or swimsuits at all!
Hope you all enjoyed this post and leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts on buying clothes “just for holidays”.
And in case you’re wondering, I did treat myself to some new purchases in BCN – look out for an outfit post coming soon!
I will be writing an in-depth post on Barcelona so keep your eyes peeled for that.