Taking pictures of my outfit every weekday seemed like such a great idea. How hard can it be, I asked foolishly! Unfortunately, it is much harder than it looks. My job has gotten busier, which makes it much harder to find the time in the day to take the pictures. That said, I AM going to continue my no clothes shopping mission, and I will continue updating the blog with mostly text posts and the occasional photo or two. Even though you won’t be seeing my face every day, I hope you guys stick around to see how the rest of my year turns out!
Anyway, I have some Halloween pictures for you! Here’s how my Quorra costume from Tron: Legacy turned out:
I’m really happy with it, but I still have some more work to do on it if I want to wear it again. I wasn’t able to get the reflective tape on the gloves (they’re a little short on me) or the pants, and I didn’t do the sash/skirt thing she wears, either.
This is what I wore to work on Halloween:
I thought it was relatively harmless, but festive, and they were all things I happened to have in my closet. Hooray! Happy (belated) Halloween!
I found out about Go Chic or Go Home from What Would a Nerd Wear‘s $50 giveaway contest yesterday. I love it! So far, I’ve only uploaded my outfits from my blog, but I think this weekend I’m going to take the time to do 30×30.
30×30 is a monthly mission to take thirty items from your closet and mix them up to make thirty different outfits. Sounds a lot like what I’m doing, doesn’t it?
Definitely check out the website and request an invite to join. And check out my profile after that. I’m definitely excited about this!
I wanted to give a quick update on the status of my mission. So far, I have resisted the temptation to buy clothing, with the huge exception of clothing for my Halloween costume:
I purchased a black vest, black leggings, and silver reflective fabric tape. The costume will certainly be a very low-tech version of the costume pictured above, but it’ll still be fun. I’m excited to put it all together. I need to get a wig (no way I’m chopping off my hair!), a frisbee to make the disc, and I should be done!
I’ve made some observations since I’ve started this mission and blog a little over a month ago:
- This whole blog thing is a lot of work. I apologize for the days you don’t see pictures; work is getting crazier and crazier, and the fact that on most days I rely on my husband and my schedules to line up makes it especially hard.
- All of my shopping emails are filtered into their own folder. I’ve been doing this for years, but despite this, you’d be surprised how often I’m still tempted. I haven’t thought much about shopping or things I “needed” since starting my mission, but I did when I went into that folder today to clear it out. No more doing that!
- I joined a gym earlier in the summer, one that was due to open in September, but the opening was postponed until November 1st. I’m actually a little worried about starting a gym routine, because if my body changes too much, I don’t know how much of my clothing will continue to fit me! You folks can clearly see that I don’t need to lose weight, but just the thought of shifting things around a bit (flatter tummy? tighter bum?) scares me. Most of my clothing barely fits as it is! In fact, the pants I wore today (they can also be seen here) have safety pins tightening the fabric belt around the waist. You don’t notice it with a shirt on, but if my bum gets any smaller, I’ll have to get them taken in. My skinny gray cargo pants fit a little strangely around the waist and bum too, and at times, are a little “weird” in the crotch. And jeans! Oy. Jeans are tough for me. Since I’m not very curvy, most of my jeans are tighter in the legs but looser in the bum and waist. If I lose any more waist, I don’t know what I’ll do. It’s much more difficult to take in jeans. I’m stressed, but at least it’s a problem most people would WANT to have. It’s still a problem, however!
Wow. I’m excited that I have over 100 views of my blog every day so far! Thanks everyone. (And no, it doesn’t count my own visits. I checked!)
I’ve decided that, upon hitting 500 views, I’m going to do a special post for you guys. My very smart and talented friend Allison and I were talking about my blog and its premise, and she suggested that I do a post wherein I make three outfits out of one using different accessories. This is a perfect idea, because as the year passes, I’m going to get very sick of my current wardrobe. Since I’m giving myself permission to buy accessories (not shoes!) at thrift and second-hand stores, this will be a handy skill to practice.
My friend Allison also showed me a great blog called New Dress a Day. While it’s not exactly what I’m doing, I was inspired by her “make it work” attitude and the modifications she makes to the, at times, sad clothing she finds. I plan to use every weapon in my (and the NDAD) arsenal to keep things fresh, including dyeing, sewing, and ripping things apart. I’ll share these experiments with you along the way.
So, share my blog with your friends. Get inspired to buy less and get more use out of what you have. If I can do it, so can you!
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.