Today is my assistant Erika's 24th birthday! It also marks the end of a 6-month goal she set for herself on New Year's day- not to buy any piece of clothing, not a single pair of shoes, and no fashion accessory. She recently wrote about what she learned from her 6-month of no shopping on her personal blog and I would love to share it with you.... So, here are E's Revelations:
"As many of you know, I made an New Year's resolution for myself to not buy any item of clothing, shoes or accessories for 6 months! It was no easy thing for me to do; I LOVE shopping! I LOVE fashion! and I LOVE looking for great deals!
So as July 1st is inching closer and closer, I think I need to take sometime to reflect on the past six months and see how this goal has changed the way I dress, shop, spend money, and value the things that I have.
Here are some of E's revelations:
*Out of sight-out of mind!
I found myself avoiding shopping altogether in order to not find something I "couldn't live without." If I wasn't around retail stores, I wasn't thinking about buying things.
*Cold turkey is pretty tough
I knew cutting spending on all non-necessities would be impossible; we all have vices and things we enjoy. So I allowed myself to spend a little money on a few things:
1. A trip to Washington DC to visit my best friend. Although I did spend the money on the plane ticket and food, I also saved money by staying with friends and avoiding clothing shops.
2. Adorable measuring cups from my favorite store Anthropologie. They were on clearance and I knew I would never find anything like them again-- they were, afterall, Russian Stacking dolls!
3. Crafting items. This is one area I might have cheated a little on- I can't go long without wanting to make something. I did drastically limit the amount of craft items I bought and am now listing the items I made my Etsy store or giving them as gifts.
4. Going out. While I am lucky to be a girl- which saved me a lot of money- I do enjoy a delicious meal and going out and did splurge a few times.
*I have a lot of great things!
I knew I had a lot of great clothes before I began this goal, several items being quite old. A classic item will always be classic-- hold on to your classic items! Splurge on something you know you will wear a lot- make sure it will last forever.
*Figuring out the things I really need
Not being able to buy anything for 6 months, I was able to evaluate what I had and what I could really use. I created a list of items I found myself constantly wishing I had. And it was surprisingly short!
1. A red cardigan was something that I was constantly wishing I had in my wardrobe.
3. belts (brown and black),
4. a watch,
5. cowgirl boots
6. Gladiator sandles
7. a nice nude bra round off the list.
I told you it was short! This made me really use the things I have and appreciate how great they are. I don't need new things to look and feel great!
I became more and more creative with my outfits; I began to combine interesting colors, added unique accessories, and wore things confidently that before I wasn't so sure about.
*Make sure your clothes fit
We tend to avoid wearing things that don't fit us just right and I have a hard time finding clothes that fit me well. Making sure that my clothes fit well by having them tailored made me so much more comfortable wearing nicer clothes. And..... I wear them a whole lot more now.
*Hold on to the things you love
My boss, Cindy and I have had several discussions about my goal throughout the last 6 months and she has told me on multiple occasions about items of clothing she donated that she is now kicking herself over. "Erika! I had this great, expensive leather jacket that some girl in Soho has found in a vintage shop and now is looking fabulous in!" Moral of the story, hang on to those things you love-- they'll be back in style!
Now this whole experience was also to help me save money. As I have reviewed my finances, I realize that I can't revert back to buying; its just not in the bank at the moment. So I have decided to use my birthday to get the things I really need...and maybe a few things that I really want, then continue my goal through the end of the year! Another 6 months to evaluate, save, get creative, focus on other things!"
Click here to check out Erika's blog, E's Cup of Tea
Mon, June 28, 2010
by Erika Barczak filed under