I have recently come to a realisation – as I posted on Instagram recently – that one of the things I’m currently concerned about is that a year completely off shopping is not necessarily going to change my long term shopping habits. I have a few reasons why this has been on my mind, and I thought it might be helpful to think them through a bit.
- I still haven’t had much of a clear out of what I have now, and I’m still no closer to working out what I want from my wardrobe, my style, any of it. The ‘I have nothing to wear’ thought has been there most mornings for the last couple of weeks, and I’m not sure how much that has to do with all my favourite clothes being stuck somewhere in the wash cycle (we’re terrible people) or whether it’s down to hot weather being my least favourite to dress for and therefore where I’ve always just made do. Add to that my irrational ‘shorts are not appropriate for work, even if I do work from home’ and I’m just a little bit stuck.
- I still spend an awful lot of time browsing my favourite shops online. I have a wishlist as long as my arm. It started with the perfect pair of boots at Boden, and now includes summer dresses, shirts, jeans… I could go on. Yes, I have not bought one single item on this wishlist (my only fabric related purchases are still those bras I bought back in the spring, which are now getting to big for me – hurrah for weightloss!) but I know that the potential is there, come January 1st, for me to run out into the sales and spend, spend, spend without giving it a second thought.
- I recently had a conversation with my mother – a dangerous start to a sentence – in which she suggested that if I managed it for one year then I may well decide to just keep going for a second year. And my immediate thought was ‘f that!’
So now what?
I’m entering August with a goal of finally refining my current wardrobe, letting go of all the things that are still just taking up space, that I haven’t wanted to wear even when my choices are more limited and it’s the perfect weather for them.
And then it will be time to work out what’s left and what that means.
And whilst January 1st is still 5 months away I perhaps don’t need to start worrying about what starting buying clothes again will look like for me just yet – but I might be closer to working that out.