After I wrote my Spring wishlist post, I got to thinking about the tonnes of clothes I’ve got in my cupboard; my old favourites, those things that I only dig out on the odd occasion, and then the few random bits and pieces that I grabbed in a charity shop and haven’t been out of the cupboard since the day I brought them home (you know the sort of stuff I mean – the 99p top that you’re sure is a bargain, or the dress four sizes to big that you have to have because you love the print, and you’ll definitely adjust it to fit you).
My wardrobe is a double one, and as you can see, it’s literally rammed. In fact, it’s so full, that things may possibly have started to creep across into the Husbands wardrobe…
There are clothes hanging up on a rail in the airing cupboard, three coats by the door, four more coats in a drawer under the bed, and an entire drawer dedicated to knitwear.
Yet, when it comes to getting dressed, I still reach for the same things, day in, day out. I’ve got literally tonnes of lovely things that have never even seen the light of day – what an absolute waste (and I do really, really hate waste). I’m always banging on about the environment, and I suddenly realised that even though I’m buying second hand, it’s still adding to my consumption levels, and as you can see – completely unnecessarily.
So, I’ve put myself on a shopping ban – I realise a lot of people do this, but they’re often buying nothing new, where as I’m literally buying nothing. Nil. Nada. Zilcho. When it comes to clothes, for the entire next year, I’m wearing only what I’ve got. Which means no more charity shopping (for clothes anyway, home-y stuff is totally allowed!), no more eBay bargains and no more wishlists – if I don’t own it by now, chances are, I don’t need it. Obviously, undercrackers and tights are allowed, but only when replacing something that’s beyond mending (can you mend pants? I’ve never even considered it….), and shoes are a bit of a grey area, as I actually don’t have many shoes. Possibly as I spend most of my time in slippers or Converse. Ahem.
I started my adventure in clothes by digging out an old favourite knitted vest, popping it over a new dress, and then topping the whole lot off with an aztec cardi from eBay.
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The dress is from lovely ethical brand Seasalt Cornwall (you can read about their environmental aims here), and it was a birthday present from my parents – I’ve been hunting for a denim shirt dress for absolutely ages, and this one popped up at just the right time. The mustard yellow sleeveless jumper-vest-thingy came from a charity shop a couple of years ago, and it’s one of my most loved knits. The aztex cardi came from eBay and was a bargain £4 including postage – I love it for its softness, but wish it had pockets. I do love a pocket.
So there’s the first of (hopefully) many outfit posts. If nothing else, at least the Husband will see me in something other than pyjamas, or the same jeans-jumper-converse uniform – and all the money I’m saving will be able to go towards something useful. Like craft supplies. Or teapots. Ahem.