Thursday, October 4, 2012

9 Months!

Shirt: Zara, Jeans: Gap, Shoes: MIA, Scarf: H&M, Belt: H&M

Despite the title of this post, I'm not pregnant. Instead, I'm celebrating nine months that I've gone without buying new clothes. I'm clearly on the downhill slope now and I'm feeling great and confident about my current situation. Contrary to what I thought when I started this challenge, I do not spend my time thinking about all the clothes I wish I had. Instead it's quite the opposite. Because I know I can't buy anything, I don't even worry about making those decisions. I read an interesting quote the other week that shed some light on the benefits of not wasting time making trivial decisions. While fashion is fun and exciting, if we spend too much focus on what we wear, we can lose perspective on some more important things.

A friend recently asked me if I was going to go on a major shopping spree come January 1. I thought about it and realized that, no, I probably won't go crazy. If anything, I'll be even more cautious about the shopping purchases I make because I have a deeper understanding of how much I appreciate clothes that are well-made, comfortable and flattering. (In other words, I have become even pickier about the clothes I wear.) Instead of going on a shopping spree, I may even spend some time getting rid of many of my clothes. You see, the one thing I expected to happen during this challenge is that I would "fully utilize my wardrobe". I thought I would naturally pull things from the depths of my closet simply for the sake of "changing it up". To my surprise, there is still probably about 1/4 of my wardrobe that remains untouched.

In my six-month update, I started to explore the question of why many women feel it so important to wear a completely different outfit everyday. I've become less concerned with this in the last few months. Instead of digging through my closet to find something that feels "new" and different, I find myself reaching for my trusted, favorite pieces more than ever.

Last week, I read an enlightening post on The Man Repeller which echoes this thinking. Here is an excerpt:
"I came upon a devastatingly French woman yesterday wearing a pair of black jeans, a grey t shirt and the most majestic green fringe jacket. I saw her again today, she was wearing the same outfit. The French motto seems to go: wear what makes you happy because it makes you happy and not because you haven’t worn it in a long time and you might be feeling guilty."
Wear what makes you happy because it makes you happy. For me, I often prioritize comfort in my dressing which is why I tend to wear jeans and comfortable shirts A LOT, adding flair with accessories, usually in the form of belts or scarves. This might seem boring to some people, but it works for me and it makes me feel good. It's the thing I feel most comfortable in.

I think it's quite fitting that I'm wearing the same exact shirt in this post as I wore in my very first post for FEST. If it's comfortable and makes me look good, I will wear it. Most of my day is spent not looking at myself in the mirror. Most of my day is spent interacting with other people and getting stuff done. For those moments I do catch a glance of myself in the mirror, I like to be happy with what I see, but for the most part, feeling good is way more important than looking good.

3 more months...

To read my 6-month update, click here. To read my 3-month update, click here. To learn more about why I started this darn challenge in the first place, click here


Moody Girl said...

You are my hero....this is a tough challenge. I'm really glad that you've stuck with it this long. 3 more months of no shopping will be an easy feat. I'm definitely thinking about doing this next year...for a little while at least.

Moody Girl In Style

GirlieBlogger@Beauty Fashion Blog Seattle said...

Wow. 9 months without a buy? You rock! And your outfit rocks too.
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Mal said...

That's so impressive!

Mal @ The Chic Geek

Mode a'Portee said...

2 Thumbs up for u honey!! And ManRepeller's thought about the french dressing is really relieving and correct... I really admire your discipline to rule out your clothes craving.. Wish i can get those same vibes too..