My husband asked me yesterday, as I was writing the About Me page, “What’s the point of the blog?” Now, that sounds like a snide remark, but it wasn’t, I promise. He’s just naturally tactless. But it got me thinking: is that really it? Am I just trying to make the best of my wardrobe, or can I get more out of this quest?
That’s when I remembered Jill Chiver’s blog My Year Without Shopping and the Great American Apparel Diet. Shopping. It’s exactly what I don’t need right now. My husband and I both work in a notoriously low-paying field (research!), and we don’t exactly have a lot of disposable income to throw around.
So, my true purpose for this blog: discover new ways to wear my wardrobe, and survive for one year without buying clothes. I should create some rules for the year:
- No clothes shopping whatsoever
- Accessories (not including shoes!) only at thrift stores
- Shoes only when necessary
Living in the city means that shoes get destroyed much quicker than they should. Having shoes is important, but I promise to only replace necessary footwear. I’m making a special exception for accessories because they are generally cheaper than clothing and can make whole new outfits out of old clothes.
This is going to be a hard year. I can’t think of a time I’ve gone one month without buying an article of clothing. Well, here goes nothing.