Could you go an entire year without spending any money on clothes?
I’m not sure how I got here, but I’ve become a slave to stuff. I enjoy buying things a little too much. I like the hunt. I love getting packages in the mail. I love wearing a new piece for the first time. And lately I’ve been buying things (clothes, especially) just for the sake of buying them. When Black Friday rolled around, I scoured the web looking for things to buy just because they were on sale. I didn’t need anything except a few pairs of boots and a new winter coat, but it was like my money was burning a hole in my bank account. It’s embarrassing to admit, but I bought two coats (and I only wear one of them), I bought two sweaters (that I hate), and three pairs of boots (one that I can’t wear because I decided to be cheap and bought boots that have zero stretch and hurt my feet). I wasted about $400 on stuff that just sits in my closet.
After Black Friday, sometime right before the New Year, I was refreshing our bedroom and organizing my closet when I realized that for all the money it seemed I’d spent over the years, I didn’t like most of my clothes, and the pieces I did like were all statement items that were hard to pair up to make outfits. Something had to change–I was frustrated that I was wasting money and still not having fun getting dressed.
Creating My Capsule Wardrobe, Part 1
I’ve always loved clothes and putting outfits together. When I started The Feisty House, it was partly to share my healthy hair journey, but also to have a space where I could experiment with outfits and share my unique sense of style. Over the past few years, especially with the proliferation of street style blogs and infinite “inspiration” on social media and Pinterest, I think I’ve lost touch with my personal style. The pressure of being a blogger meant that I’d find myself chasing trends, trying to keep up with how everyone else was dressing in a futile effort to stay current.
*Exhales* It feels good to admit that.
Once I realized my closet was full of clothes I didn’t wear, didn’t like, and couldn’t pair with anything, I made one New Year’s resolution: to refrain from spending any money on clothes in 2017. I’m not making any new purchases in 2017 unless I’m (1) replacing something I currently use and like, or (2) I actually need something new (like a pair of black boots–the ones I bought on Black Friday are literally killing my feet).
My goals for this year (I’m nicknaming this year #NoSpend17) are to get back in touch with my personal style and to save some money, so that when I am ready to shop, I won’t be tempted to use credit, and I’ll be able to spend a little bit more on well-made pieces that last. By the end of the year, I want to have a list of staple wardrobe items that I can build on to create two capsule wardrobes–one for Spring/Summer and one for Fall/Winter.
Graphic courtesy A Pair & A Spare
Two of my favorite bloggers, Natalie of The Tiny Closet and Geneva of A Pair & A Spare, are my inspirations for revamping my wardrobe. They’re both so good at creating capsule collections where all the pieces work together seamlessly. I mean, this packing guide is everything. Not only is it the perfect way to pack light for any trip, it’s also a good place to start putting together a capsule wardrobe. Using Geneva’s guide and Natalie’s series on how to build a tiny closet, I’m working on my own capsule wardrobe that’s made up of 5 tops, 4 bottoms, 3 dresses, 3 shoes, 2 swimsuits, 2 bags and a few accessories that I can swap in and out and pair up with the statement pieces I already own. If you haven’t already signed up for my weekly email, you’re going to want to do that ASAP (just put your email into the box to your right)–as I find items and inspiration to add to my “tiny closet,” I’m going to share all of those items in a weekly “shopping list.” If you want to shop from my list, you can. Or if you’re doing a #NoSpend17 of your own, save the list as inspiration for when you’re ready to shop.
Are you planning to revamp your wardrobe this year? What’s your game plan?
Anybody else attempting a #NoSpend17?
Photo sourced via Pinterest