I `m always trying to cut my spending, but I also really like my clothes. It used to be a ritual every new season to set a (large) budget, go to town and shop to my heart`s content.
As I entered what is probably my third wave of a more solid interest in sustainable living, I started going to second hand shops more, but I still rarely find things I end up buying.
It was inheriting a large part of my friends` wardrobe that made me sit down and list every single item I own. I never thought I had a lot, and most importantly, I was kidding myself that I was wearing every thing I own at least once a year.
What I however found shocked me:
|Shoes||Boots – Black||1 smart, 1 biker|
|Shoes||Boots – Grey||sheepswool|
|Shoes||Boots – Brown||tan, chocolate|
|Shoes||Boots – Blue||sheepswool|
|Shoes||Boots – red||wine red|
|Shoes||Boots – half||aztec tan|
|Shoes||Shoes – Trainers||lilac|
|Shoes||Sandals – Fitflops||cream, yellow, red|
|Shoes||Sandals||pink, grey, brown, cream, red, blue, yellow, black|
|Shoes||Shoes – Pumps||blue, teal, black, green, lilac, pink|
|Shoes||Shoes – evening||gold, silver|
|Bottoms||Jeans – short||light blue and dark blue|
|Bottoms||Jeans – long||next, gap, shredded, dark|
|Bottoms||trousers – relaxed||1 long, 2 medium|
|Bottoms||trousers – short cord||plum|
|Bottoms||skirt – casual||orange, blue, green, brown – all cord|
|Bottoms||skirt – work winter||black pencil, lilac short, lilac long|
|Bottoms||skirt – work summer||black, stone, brown, burberry style, floaty black|
|Dress||Dress – maxi||blue, colourful, stewardesses uniform, vietnamese, burgundy|
|Dress||Dress – Casual Winter||leopard, psychedelic autumn colours, psychedelic wine|
|Dress||Dress – interview||navy|
|Dress||Dress – work Winter||RL leopard, wine|
|Dress||Dress – Casual Summer||daisies, black, cream|
|Dress||Dress – work Summer||stone, green, 2xblue, black and white|
|Dress||Dress – occasion||RL Blue, long black, short black, Cavalli black, chinese, tartan, gold|
|Dress||Dress – holiday||white, yellow|
|Tops||Tops – T-shirts||3 cream, 2 white|
|Tops||Tops – long blouses||3x black, 2x white, leopard, yellow, stone, lilac, blue mix, brown cord,brown, green|
|Tops||Tops – short blouses||stone, blue, 2x teal, white, black and gold|
|Tops||Tops – winter pullovers||lilac, grey, white, stone, orange, brown|
|Tops||Tops – Summer Pullover||2x stone|
|Tops||Tops – evening||orange, orange mix, corset, black|
|Jackets||Jackets – winter||black, fake fur, leather|
|Jackets||Jackets – summer||jeans, black, grey, weather, poncho|
|Jackets||Jackets – vest||blue, yellow|
|Sport||Sport – Bikini||2x black, pink, orange, green, white, multi|
|Sport||Sport – top||3x football, pink|
|Sport||Sport – Bottom||2x blue, 2x black, pink|
I spare you the entries concerning my underwear and coloured tights, but all put together, I owned 198 clothes and shoes, not counting at all accessories. How on earth, I ended up with 13 long sleeved blouses, 11 pairs of sandals and 7 bikinis (I live in Scotland!!) I do not know.
Fact is – I do not need new clothes. Not for a long time. Or, let`s say, not until I stumble upon something I really like and that`s hard to get again. And since this list was done in May, I really only bought one more thing which definitely belongs to this category:
A Parisian Street Cafe motif from a boutique in Porto! That`s definitely one of the exceptions that should always be allowed.
I can really recommend making a list like that – it`s a real eye opener, but last month, I took my little project a bit further still: When I started my new job, I “downgraded” a few things to spare time only, and after I also just gave quite a few away, I was getting concerned that I was wearing the same stuff all the time. So in order to find out how long it would take me to run out of outfits, I vowed to wear something different every day for the whole of December (same things were allowed, but not the same combination or acessorisation) and also took notes of them (one extra page in my planner, which I was simply moving along with me:
(Hearts indicate compliments, and dark hearts mean many of them)
And I could do it. Despite my much reduced wardrobe. I still don`t need new clothes. I`ve got enough to wear a different outfit every day of the month. And there are still things I have not worn at all.
We all know that a lot of our reasons for shopping are more want than need, but I for my part still do it, and I feel the occasional reminder does me a world of good.