Dress: eShakti — Cardigan and OTKs: Target — Flats: Thrifted (Born) — Slip: Amazon — Earrings: Gift from Katie!
New hair! And new dress! So exciting!
This is actually the last new piece of clothing I bought for myself at the end of 2013; I’ve been gaining interest in the chambray trend, and thought this dress would be a really cute and versatile staple for my no-shopping-in-2014 wardrobe. Which, speaking of that…
I’ll admit, I borrowed the idea from Lynne. She mentioned back in December that she was considering doing a yearlong shopping ban for 2014, and it got me thinking. (Lynne is really a wonderful person and if you’re not reading her blog, I highly recommend it–she’s been very generously keeping us all updated on her Teen’s recovery from a stem cell transplant for Sickle Cell Disease, and you should totally donate toward her medical expenses fund if you can!)
I certainly don’t want to horn in on her ban, but it just made sense to me. My closet is full, I have lots of great clothing for remixing, and saving some money would be a really good idea. I’m giving myself some leeway for undergarments, of course, and to buy some neat accessories or easy-to-pack garments when my mom and I take a trip to Austria several months from now, because I’d love to have some wearable mementos from the experience. Overall, though, taking the time I use to idly browse (online or in thrift stores) and putting it towards some of my other interests (drawing, writing, mail correspondence) would be great! And seriously, with the extensive wardrobe I’ve accrued–and dare I say curated?–over the last couple years, I probably won’t miss it a bit.
I certainly don’t think there’s anything wrong with shopping, and I encourage you all to do what works for you, of course. Shopping is fun, and having new garments that fit well and delight you can be a wonderful self-esteem booster! This is just what works for me, here and now, and I want to see what a year of no clothes shopping brings.