I shops my closet. That’s right. It all started in 2006 when I challenged myself to stop buying clothes. Yes, I wanted to save money. In 2006 who didn’t? Besides, I had just bought a car after years without a car payment and I wasn’t used to the pocketbook hit. What would happen if I stopped buying clothes for awhile?
So that year I didn’t buy any new clothes. Well, I made exceptions for shoes and undies and only if they wore out! I also allowed myself to buy the occasional workout garment.
What did I learn?
1) I’ve been blessed with great clothes.
2) Choosing from a limited number of options forced me to get creative.
3) I finally started chipping away at my alterations pile.
4) Did I mention I have great clothes?
I’ll explain more about those lessons in future posts. A couple of things began to happen along the way as well. In the past, whenever someone invited me to a concert or a wedding or a special event, I would have stressed and felt the need to go shopping to find something. With a moratorium on buying new clothes, I began to shop my closet, putting together outfits from what I already had. Six years later I still limit my clothes spending! Below is an example of a recent “I shops my closet” adventure, an outfit I put together for a jungle themed baby shower, all from items already in my closet. I’d love to hear about your closet adventures!