I’m over halfway through my year without shopping, and I’m really quite pleased with my decision. I’m finally addressing the fact that I have a too many clothes, and not enough good (as in, wearable) clothes.
I’m still working on the great purge, and generally feeling pretty good about how everything is going. I’ve been reading the The Wardrobe Architect, and I’ve also been working on some of the exercises by Into-Mind. It’s really reassuring to know I’m not the first one who has fallen into these pitfalls!
My life has been transitioning for the last 1.5 years from “grad student” to “actual working professional” and my clothes no longer fit my lifestyle. I suspect this is a common thing for people who finish college/university and go on into their first career. I’m more or less in the same boat – I’m in my first job after grad school. Add to that the fact that I’m in my early 30s and BOOM! It’s a perfect style disaster.
I’m finding that dressing “in your 30s” is terribly difficult, particularly for the following reasons:
- Mentally I still feel about 25.
- I’m still flatting (roommates, for my US readers) – so my lifestyle is that of a 25 year old.
- Not married. No kids. No pets.
- I have pretty nice legs, so I can still pull off short skirts and dresses… but they’re no longer really work appropriate.
- I like bright colours.
- I’m naturally attracted to statement pieces, particularly retro and novelty prints.
- I have a serious penchant for Dr. Martens and Converse All Stars. Also, threadless t-shirts. So. Many. Threadless. T-shirts.
Yet these days technically I’m an academic, so should have some semblance of professional dress… But my workplace doesn’t have a dress code and I can pretty much wear whatever I want. Which is totally awesome, mind you, but also quite dangerous to someone like myself who isn’t naturally attracted to professional clothing (is anyone really thrilled by “work” clothing?).
I think naturally I have a more whimsical style of dress. But lately most of my week is being taken up with my study – on those days I pretty much have to wear jeans or trousers. I’ve almost been making a uniform out of jeans and oversized tops. Mondays and Fridays are now my “fun” dress days where I can actually wear some of my skirts and dresses.
I’m getting better and better about clearing out my closet. I’ve been trying to be really ruthless – even if it’s something that I love – if it hasn’t been worn in the last year, it needs to go. And actually, the more stuff I decide to get rid of, the more stuff I feel I can get rid of.
I’m both struggling and succeeding with the shopping ban. The ban is good because financially I’m in a much better place at the moment, and I’ve settled into a “I just can’t buy anything” rhythm, which is both practical and a little depressing, but ultimately a sound decision. Sure, I’d love a new pair of jeans. But instead I’m wearing my old jeans into the ground. I’m certainly getting a lot of use out of my favourite clothing items, which is a good thing, right? The ban continues to filter into the rest of my life as well as I would really like a new pair of eyeglasses (mine have a ginormous scratch, and even though eyeglasses are really cheap at Zenni.com, I’m reasonably blind so they’d still be a decent expense), and also a bottle of perfume (I’m an adult woman who doesn’t have a perfume… I know). But instead, I’m trying to get by without these things for as long as possible as they aren’t really needs.
Are you on a strict budget at the moment? Or do you allow yourself a little more leeway for shopping?