Why taking the time to shop your wardrobe before you shop for new clothes can save you money, time, help save the planet and leave you feeling better than a shopping domine high.
I made a vow at the start of 2020 to go a whole year without buying any new clothes. It was a big deal for me, I love clothes.
But, like countless others, I couldn’t help but be swayed by the global climate change activism movement, plus I challenge anyone to watch Stacey Dooley’s Fashion’s Dirty Secret documentary and not want to change their clothes shopping habits.
The first couple of months post-Christmas were easy, new resolutions are novel to stick to. Little did I know that continuing to stick to my vow as spring hit would be made somewhat easier by lockdown.
But then lockdown eased and life started to shift back to some kind of new normal, where we can go out and be with friends and family and actually do stuff.
All of a sudden I had the urge to splurge.
The craving to buy something new was intense. I shocked myself with how easy it was to slip back into online shopping mode. How I found myself taking my iPad into my bedroom at bedtime to scroll and tap my way through different online stores, something which I haven’t done in months because it pretty much guarantees me a crummy night’s sleep.
The resultant morning after lethargy and one look in the mirror at my unnecessarily tired face was enough to stop me in my tracks.
I SHOPPED MY WARDROBE AND I LIKED IT
Instead of reaching for my iPad, I made time later in the day to shop my wardrobe and the vacuum-packed storage bags in our attic too.
Within 30 minutes I had come up trumps with not one, but four different outfit options that I wouldn’t have put together if I’d simply gone out and bought something new.
I dug out three dresses that I haven’t worn for several years, one maxi, one midi and one just below the knee, all in similar colourways, all that seem relevant again. In fact, all very similar to dresses I’d been browsing online.
Then I found a pair of navy wide-leg trousers with a high waist that I’d literally forgotten I owned. Plus a sheer bow-tie blouse with voluminous sleeves that I haven’t worn in seasons.
I felt good. I’d unleashed my creativity, I’d saved myself a bunch of cash and I’d saved myself time; the time it takes to scroll, tap and buy; the time it takes to try on; and the pain-in-the-butt time spent packaging up and returning.
HOW TO SHOP YOUR WARDROBE
If you are trying to break up with clothes shopping or at least turn the volume down on it, here’s how to shop your wardrobe so you can save yourself money, time and the planet.
- Keep your clothes well organised, a well-organised wardrobe is easier to navigate
- Store your clothes seasonally – I use vacuum bags to store out of season clothes
- Play dress-up. Literally throw open your wardrobe doors and try on different combinations of clothes in front of the mirror
- Try to create a core capsule wardrobe where you can mix and match endlessly
- Work on creating a personal style, it’s much easier to revisit clothes that aren’t high fashion trends
- Be mindful of the money you save by shopping your wardrobe rather than buying new, it’s a dopamine hit all on its own
- Look after your clothes, take the time to get them fixed and store them clean
- This may seem disingenuous, but spend an hour browsing the online stores and then shop your wardrobe, it’ll give you a new take on what you already have
WANT TO GET TO GRIPS WITH CUTTING BACK ON SHOPPING IN GENERAL?
I’ve put together a post with 12 simple tips to stop shopping. Read it. It will help you!