And I feel amazing for it.
I set myself a goal and I was determined to achieve it. I didn't necessarily need to stop buying clothes, but I has realised it was becoming a habit of mine i.e. when payday came, or when a promotion was on (JL Price Match was my thing), I felt almost obliged to buy something. I have no idea why. But that's a habit for you– you don't really notice them I suppose.
However, I managed to step back and realise what I was doing.
Surprisingly, it was relatively easy.
The first week and a half was so tough – just my luck that I committed to stop buying clothes in the height of Sample Sale Season... Reiss, L.K. Bennett and French Connection all had sales. I almost cracked when the Reiss one came along. I'm so pleased I didn't. To be honest, I don't know how I managed it.
Aside from the obvious benefit of saving money, I feel that I benefitted personally. For one thing, I saved a lot of time by not endlessly scrolling through websites, not having to collect parcels, not having to try on the items and style them up, nor take trips to do returns etc. It all adds up and it was interesting to note how much time of my life it really took up.
I felt happier.
Who knows why. But I did and I can't knock that.
Now it's June, I have broken the commitment. However, I am pledging to be more conscious of what I am buying and why I'm buying it. I was recently out on the weekend in the baking sunshine in flares, long jeans in 26 degrees heat in the countryside! Which prompted me to make some additions to my summer wardrobe – cute light dresses. I am awaiting two ASOS orders and a Zara order. I know I won't keep all of the items but I do have some super cute items arriving, such as this boilersuit/playsuit.
cute, (kinda sexy) and sophisticated summer vibes
I feel the buzz of excitement of new clothes! Which is what I think was why I bought clothes so often – it was sort of a way I derived happiness. Sad, I know. But, I suppose, because I am so busy and have little time to do things (go out etc.), buying and wearing new clothes was how I got my entertainment...
Still, it was what it was. I'm not going to deprive myself of what I enjoy doing, but I am going to cut back on it. I think, going forward, I will set myself a bi-monthly budget for clothes.
This was an interesting project of mine – I'm working on doing a new one for June - I think stopping buying takeaway coffee would be good. But, I don't know if I could manage that. However, that's what I said about clothes and I did it.
I believe in myself.
I have learned a lot from this.
I didn't think I would.