Twelve months ago I began taking the Mini Millionaire objective seriously. Prior to starting this blog I spent a vast majority of my time reading lifestyle, frugal and minimalist blogs. I learnt a lot about money and went onto set myself my first objective.
Giving Up Clothes Shopping
I’m someone who believes in buying expensive, high-quality items of clothing. In fact I save hundreds of pounds by doing so. Because of this, I’m able to believe in the quality of the products I have and stop wasting time in shopping centres looking for new outfits.
Twelve months on I’m pleased to report that giving up clothes shopping for a year was a sucsess… Here’s exactly what I learnt…
Repairs & Alterations
Prior to giving up clothes shopping, many items in my wardrobe had already been there for more than a year.
Having lost some weight, some items needed altertering. Luckily, my partner Helen has a sewing machine and has studied historical costumes at University. Most of us know someone with the basic skillsets that allow clothes to be altered. However, if not it’s a skill you can learn yourself very easily thanks to the power of Youtube.
Despite the high end quality clothing items I purchase. Some did begin to show signs of wear. Holes began showing up in t-shirts, zips broke on jackets and seams came loose on jeans. This is all unavoidable unfortunatly. Unfortuantly it meant in some cases the item had to be disposed of altogether.
Where we couldn’t fix clothes we looked at wasy to upcycle and repurpose them. Helen has created this fantastic post on getting started with the basics.
I actually donated, sold and disposed of more items of clothing this year than the year prior. In a year where you would think I’d find it more useful to have a vast amount of clothing, I really didn’t.
By giving up clothes shopping I started to see trends between the items I loved and wore constantly. Compared to the items that hung in my wardrobe that I’d practically forgotton about.
I was rational and kept things such as thermal layers and winter coats, but mean throwing out or donating items that I loved but had seriously seen better days.
I can’t begin to tell you how much easier it was to choose an outfit for the day. I was no longer faced with analysis paralysis.
How I Did It
It sounds rather obviously, but once I’d made the decision of giving up clothes shopping. I just stopped going clothes shopping. I completely took away the option.
I’m a super competative person by nature and I love setting myself challenges. So I set myself an atainable goal and went onto challenge myself until I achieved it.
At the end of the year, I wasn’t relieved. I hadn’t been counting down the days until I could raid the sales racks. Instead, I looked at my wardrobe and considered what needed replacing or updating.
The answer was… nothing.
Not only had I stopped buying clothes, I’d thrown some out. I wasn’t walking around in rags, I was walking around in designer, high-end outfits that were on trend (because I don’t buy trends) and yet I wanted to buy nothing.
Going forward I’m not planning on ever adding to my wardrobe. Instead, I’m only looking to replace the items I have. If anything I may even look to refining it even further in the future. Going shopping is no longer a social hobby to get away from it all. I’ve repurposed that time and money to add value to my life.
Whilst you may have your mouth hung open at all of this, I urge you to try it. Clear out your wardrobe and set yourself a small goal, maybe six months without a new item of clothing. When you get to the end of those six months reevaluate whether you need anything, buy it and then go again. Start replacing items in your wardrobe not adding too. Free yourself of decisions and create a small wardrobe filled with high-end designer clothes.