Why I Haven’t Spent Money On Clothes
I can’t believe I’m saying this…but I haven’t spent any money on clothes since early November. I didn’t intend to go on a clothing fast, but three months later and here I am. We went on our road trip of the south and I got a few new things at the start of November. Then, I received a few items over Christmas, mostly comfy things like pajamas, loungewear, and work clothes. Once the new year hit, Brandon and I made budgeting and saving a huge priority and I set an individual goal to not purchase new clothing until right before our next big trip (in mid-March). I’m honestly so happy with this decision and wanted to share a few things that I’ve learned over the last couple months with how to not spend money on clothes.
1. Winter Is The Easiest Season For A Clothing Fast
If you’re looking to go on a clothing fast or just save a bit of money, winter is definitely the easiest season to do so. Outer layers are the most important item during the season and as long as you have a few coats to rotate through, you’ll be fine. I also found that I have a few really great sweaters that I like to cycle through and can easily change the look with a scarf, necklace, extra layer, etc. I wear pants a lot more often in the winter and classic colors like black, tan, navy, and of course a blue jean are the only items that I really wore.
For me, winter is my least favorite season anyway. I get much more excited and eager for spring/summer clothing and I’d rather save money and purchase a few new items for that season, as opposed to winter. I found that I can get by with the excitement and promise of a wardrobe refresh right before the springs season hits.
2. Classics Reign Supreme
The older I get, the more I realize that I don’t need trendy items in my closet. I found myself wishing for more classics during my fasting time and often reached for the same pieces that I knew fit well, were made well, and could be styled multiple different ways. Items like my brown suede trench vest, neutral layers, and classic blouses paired with trousers. I’ve got a few winter dresses that I rotate through, but on especially cold days, I always opted for comfortable pants at work.
3. I Missed Shopping, Not Buying
I definitely missed the act of shopping, not the purchase itself. Whenever I had the itch to shop, I let myself! Nordstrom and Amazon have the “wish list” function where you can save items and come back to them later. I had lots saved in my cart as I was “shopping” for our upcoming trip. I just carefully thought through everything in my cart and didn’t hit purchase until just the other day once I reached the end of my “fast”. Not to ‘toot my own horn’ as the saying goes, but my self control has always been pretty high and I really didn’t have a problem walking out of a store empty handed. In my mind, it helped to have a date in mind of when I was “allowing” myself to buy a few new clothes. We’re also so excited about our big trip in March, so I knew I wanted to hold out for that, especially since it meant shopping for spring clothing! I’ve always loved going into stores and window shopping; it’s a pastime that I grew up doing with my mom. So I wanted to make sure that I could still enjoy that activity without feeling the need to buy something. This was a great exercise and reminder that shopping is fun but you don’t always need to buy!
4. More Is Not Always Better: What Sparks Joy?
I’ve always tried to be cautious in what I buy. With blogging, it’s easy to think that you need a new outfit or that you can justify a purchase. I was quickly reminded at how blessed we are and how much I already own. Like many, I’m on board with the Marie Kondo “what sparks joy” method of cleaning and tidying. Just last week, I went through my closet and asked myself if something was worthwhile and questioned if it sparked joy. It gave me a great perspective and really showed me my items that are worthwhile in my closet, as well as challenging me to get rid of the excess and donate the unused items. Hope this inspires you in some way, if even just to clean out your closet and make the most of what you have! 😀