My True Purpose: One Year Without Clothes Shopping

23 Aug

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.

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4 Responses to “My True Purpose: One Year Without Clothes Shopping”

  1. Elizabeth 23. Aug, 2011 at 11:38 pm #

    I’ve tried (and failed) to go a month without shopping before…but a year? You are far more brave than I. Good luck! I’ll be watching to see what you come up with!

  2. Joy Cannon 24. Aug, 2011 at 9:48 am #

    Wow, good luck! I definitely could stand to do this, but would fail miserably.


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