This little experiment of mine is DONE and now we can all throw confetti and eat tacos:
Because of our teensy closet situation, I did a self-imposed, 90-day spending freeze for clothing and accessories. Now that I’m free of the shackles and have had some time to ponder, I realize I have mixed feelings about the experience.
I’ll start with the pros. Since I wasn’t supposed to buy anything, I did get really good at standing there and mulling over why I wanted it in the first place. Was it crazy on sale? Did Kate Middleton wear it? Was I kind of bored that day and looking for something to do? (It was usually a sale/perceived bargain.) Once I started ignoring THAT particular impulse, I made a list of what I actually needed instead of getting sucked into a bunch of random purchases that were too trendy for me to wear a lot, anyway. I was getting organized and saving money at the same time. Boom.
On the other side of the coin, three months was WAY too long. Here’s what happened with that: I know that most challenges are 30 days, but for one of my sociology classes in college I read a book by a woman who cut out all nonessential spending for a YEAR. I was like, “Psh! I can pass on clothes for 90 days, whatev.”
The backsliding started out very innocently. We had an abnormally cold fall, so I needed warmer workout gear for the gym. Bought some in November. Then while it was still freakishly cold, I got that sweater cape and a cardigan. And then the vintage pop-up shop opened and instead of falling off the wagon, I jumped. PEACE. By that time it was December and I felt like I’d gotten far enough. It might seem ridiculous that I was so willing to drop my project like a hot potato, but I had already discovered my wardrobe gaps and curbed the impulse-buying in the first month, so at that point I was really just killing time until the deadline. Plus, the chance to try on a pile of vintage clothing doesn’t come around everyday. I was ready to rifle through some party dresses and not feel bad if I found one (because I did).
I also found THIS SKIRT:
skirt: vintage // top (actually a dress): DVF outlet // shoes: Target // clutch: Macy’s // necklace: gift
Fun fact: it came from the estate of an illustrator who worked for Chanel in the 50s. I’m wearing it tonight to the belated holiday party Hubsey’s office is throwing. Wooo! Totally worth breaking my own rules.
So! I guess the question is whether I’d do this again. Yes… but only for a month at a time. That seemed to be the magic number for me, so now I know what to do if I start buying things willy-nilly or get sucked into the black hole that is Forever21. How did the NSC go for you? Did you make it to January 1st? Were you also lured away from the rules by the promise of vintage goods? Are you more aware of what you actually need now? Would you do another spending freeze?