no clothes til december

my actual closet.

Wait. That title seems misleading. I’m not going to be running around naked between now and Christmas. What I mean is, I’m not buying any clothes between now and December. What the what? (Sorry. I quote Liz Lemon ALL THE TIME. Jon thinks people actually think I can’t speak properly because of the number of times per day I say “I want to go to there.”)

I’ve been feeling more than a little convicted lately about my consumerism, and the way in which my shopping habits don’t really line up with my values, and the way in which I spend money like it’s going out of style. (Me, however? Never going out of style.) So, I’m trying to take a break from shopping. This isn’t some sort of blog stunt. I’m not going to wear the same dress every day for a year like that one chick did, or one of those “me made” monthly things I see on some sewing blogs, where the talented seamstresses wear only clothes made with their dainty hands for an entire month. (Quite frankly, I haven’t sewn enough stuff to wear for a week, let alone a month.)

And I’m not going to post pictures of my outfits every day, because, for one, Jon would be really annoyed with having to take pics of me by about day 3, and in the warm weather, you’d all be bored looking at pictures of me wearing various tank tops with various skirts, and in the winter, you’d be totally over my rotating uniform that consists of skinny jeans (ok, let’s be honest, I wear jeggings, deal with it), sweaters, scarves, and my beloved boots. I wish I were a cute style blogger with a top knot and bold lipstick and a seeming unending supply of vintage frocks, kooky necklaces, and colorful scarves, posed in front of a wall of artfully peeling paint that contrasts just so with my adorable ensemble, but the truth is, my style is cute but predictable. And I can’t be arsed to style my hair any other way but the same way I style it every single day. Because I have half the hair of a normal person, and it makes the world’s teeniest top knot.

Instead of all that, this is just a little personal challenge to wear the clothes I’ve got, which I’m positive is more than the average person, thanks largely to the fact that I can and do still wear items I’ve had since high school (before you hate me, know that I’m NOT wearing the same pants size I wore in high school, by any stretch). I take up the entire closet in our bedroom, though I must point out (what is with me and the caveats today?) that our house was built in 1925 and thus the closets are teeny. I bought myself one new pair of jeans before my little challenge started, and I’m exempting underwear and white teeshirts/tank tops from the “clothing” category. Other than that, I have to wear what I have.

A sign of just how big my problem is? A new pair of shoes came in the mail yesterday. Jon, aware of my “no shopping for clothes” challenge, raised his eyebrows. Me: “What? Shoes don’t count as clothes! Plus they were only $20!”

my new sneaks.

Think I can make it?

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129 thoughts on “no clothes til december

  1. I’m doing something very similar, nothing new until 2012. I do sew a little bit, but my skills are mostly limited to altering things not making things from scratch. But I have more than enough clothes to last me for a long time, I just have to resist that urge to get something shiny and new!

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  2. You can totally do it! I know you aren’t doing some sort of blog stunt or whatever, but — out of curiosity — have you considered doing something cool with the money you won’t be spending on clothing? Donating, saving for a cool vacation you’ve always wanted to go on, etc.?

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    • Misty: mostly I need to cut down on spending so that we can live on making slightly less money this year.

      Susan: I was thinking of getting rid of anything that doesn’t get worn between now and December. Maybe that could become the fodder for the yard sale? Another idea: hosting a clothing swap.

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  3. Here’s what needs to happen—

    You: Have a garage sale.

    I: Come and shop at said garage sale.

    You: Sell at least one quarter of your wardrobe.

    I: Buy it.

    You: Have a void to fill and therefore get to shop, guilt-free, even pre-December.

    I: Have cool new duds.

    You: Feel good, knowing you helped the world by recycling and helped mankind by restyling.

    I: Solved your problem.

    You: Can thank me later.

    See how easy that was.

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  4. Hi, In 2007 I wrote an article about the environmental impact of fast fashion and I am wondering what prompted your intention to stop buying clothing for a year. I am planning a follow up of the original article and it would be useful to know from bloggers who have (or pledged to) stop buying clothes for a year (or more). Please let me know if environmental concerns played a role in your decision and if you have seen the article that I wrote. Please write to me at extrachi@gmail.com Thank you. Luz
    The article I wrote can be found at: http://ehp03.niehs.nih.gov/article/fetchArticle.action?articleURI=info%3Adoi%2F10.1289%2Fehp.115-a449

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  5. Great idea! And, of course, you can do it! I need to get my partner to stop shopping for gourmet foods. Think I can do that?
    And congrats on Frshly Presssed! Hang on for the ride!
    Kathy

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  6. This is a fantastic idea… although I may need to extend my shopping hiatus to include shoes, as well. Thanks for the inspiration, and congrats on FP! Really well written post.

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  7. I think I’ll try to take this challenge with you. How much does one person need? I was just looking at all the stuff in my kitchen too and I use the same things over and over again. How much stuff do we really need? I’m happy to hear that shoes don’t count in the clothes thing.

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  8. Great post…this has also, been on my mind. I tried the fashion challenge, but fell off the wagon in Dallas. I made it to July, so at least I made it for 6 months. Just posted last Sunday about my fall. :)

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  9. When I was living in NYC, I tried this. I had been spending so much on clothing that I was running out of space to put everything. I only lasted 2 months before I broke down and bought a slew of clothing one weekend.

    One of my friends commented on my failure by giving me some advice: “Accessories don’t count as clothing and they take up very little space. You can style the same dress several different ways and then you won’t get tired of it.” She was a genius :)

    I recently wrote a post on personal goals/challenges for this year: http://comebacktobeditscold.wordpress.com/2011/07/12/setting-goals-and-reaching-them-sometimes/ However, yours seems like it will be more fun than mine.

    Good luck with your personal challenge! It could be fun!

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  10. Congrats! I’ve done this in spurts (ranging from one month to three) when I’ve found myself buying, buying, buying… the hardest part was once I drew the “no shopping” line in the sand, everything appeared to be that much cuter or desirable. Good luck!

    Oh! You may not like what I’m going to write next but that’s how it is: I think you should ward off shoes too. : )

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    • Jessica: you’re probably right about the shoes! I only have to make one allowance: when Frye boots show up at my local outlet for $80, I’m buying myself a pair!

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  11. Good job! I think it is a great decision to not buy things you don’t really need. I started doing that when I married Hunny (mostly because of our income). Congrats on Freshly Pressed :)

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  12. you can do it! I’m totally in the same situation … I am trying so hard to just wear something I already own instead of going out to by a new dress for an upcoming event. I shall use you as inspiration.

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  13. Ohhh… that just sounds so hard! I’m a more “Confessions of a Shopaholic” kind of shopper. :) Don’t read my blog! I post links to places that you can find super cute fall trends. Love your blog though- even subscribed!

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  14. You’ll save so much money. Think about it when you buy clothes you buy other stuff too. Do you have a friend your size? You could swap clothes. Good luck. December’s not far and sounds like you’re in for a great Christmas.

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  15. Congrats! What a cool goal, and great to blog about it!

    Clothing Swap

    My girlfriends and I had a clothing swap about a year ago, and it was fantastic! It was paired with a delicious meal to keep us from feeling sad about the items we had to let go of, and everyone had a great time!

    It was announced about 2 months in advance, to ensure everyone sufficient time to really clean out. This also increased the chances that anyone would show up with very little. One of our friends is the director of a non-profit, so any leftovers were gone the same evening. :-)

    A great time was had by all!

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  16. I did a no-shop project last year, also. I thought it would help me sew more and make my own clothes, but that didn’t really happen. But I did learn to make use of what I already have and I saved a ton of money. Good luck!

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  17. Shoes TOTALLY don’t count as clothes! Really like this post, and idea. Perhaps we could all stand a few less clothing shopping sprees (and a few more cute pairs of shoes). Keep fighting the good fight!

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  18. Are swap meets allowed for you before December? Might be helping to bridge the clothes-less time – give what you dont need any more, get points for it and swap your points for ‘new’ clothes – things that others don’t need any more.

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  19. You can make it. I have done it for years! Forget having Jon take your picture. Turn off the flash and take it of yourself in the mirror. We want to see what you are wearing. susan

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  20. I’ve been on my year off shopping for a little over six months now – though I am, admittedly, one of those people who DOES take pictures of herself (documentation is fun! And I love fashion blogs v. much). It sounds as if your shopping problem was milder than mine, but it’s still an exciting challenge – it’s changed my perception of my closet, and my sense of personal style, enormously. Good luck with your six months!

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  21. I cannot stand clothes shopping… at all. It’s one of the few of my least favorite things to do. I know, I’m a woman, I should be shopping with glee, excitement, and all that. But, you just can’t get me to try on more than one piece of clothes, though shoes have slowly grown on me. Good luck on your challenge!

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  22. This is such a great idea that I think I should try out as well, considering I need to start saving up and stop being such a shopaholic! p.s. great writing style! Animated and entertaining.

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  23. I quote Liz Lemon all the time too! After I say things, I usually realize people don’t watch the show and have no idea what I’m saying. Too bad for them. They’re missing out.

    I couldn’t go that long without buying new clothes. Shopping can be therapy for me! I am trying to not buy clothing until after my wedding. We’ll see how that works out.

    Keep up the great work!

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  24. What a wonderful goal–I had the same goal…until this weekend when I went crazy over Indonesian fashion…The only way I seem to be able to function without adding more things to consume is to not go to bazaars and places where I’d actually like the things I see…so here’s to living with less (again, attempt #2? 3? 4?) !

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  25. This is great – and it will show you which clothes in your closet you actually enjoy wearing, and which ones you don’t actually like much. Then you can get rid of the rejects, and your closet won’t be so stuffed, because it will have only the items you love. I wrote this post – http://acleansurface.com/2010/05/11/my-zen-closet/ – about the great feeling that comes from it.
    Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

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  26. I love your personal challenge. I had a no-shopping period after my first son was born, but that was because of lack of time, energy and money … not because I was challenging myself. Now I am trying to rebuild a wardrobe, so I am not washing the same items every few days! Best wishes on your “no-retail” therapy! Kathleen

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  27. Wow! I can totally understand your concept behind doing what you do….BUT though I am in the same situation as far as making a little less money this year, I can’t help to respond to an email from GAP with 50% off everything on sale which leads me to a cute Nice fitting pair of pants for 8.99. I will hope you can stick to your promise But One piece of advice….STAY OUT OF THE MALL!!! lol Trust me it’s tooooooo tempting!

    *P.S I’m new to blogging But has always been a Writer, so I’m glad to start branching out of my comfort zone….Be blessed!!
    *Ms. Spicy

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  28. When my husband and I got married, he had so many pairs of underwear that they filled three dresser drawers. My undies ended up in a box under the bed . . . until I purged while he was at work. No matter how predictable the style, there is always a great thrill in finding the perfect shirt, skirt, pair of jeans, or (in my husbands case) lobster print boxers. Enjoy the break . . . it will increase the thrill.

    Congrats of FP.

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  29. Shoes count as clothing. Actually, they’re worse. If asked if I want to go shopping for clothes or shoes, I’d take clothes. Shoes are just… well, necessary evils. However, I don’t like shopping much at all, so I think both of them are pretty bad. (No, my boyfriend/husband/significant-male-in-my-life did not hack my account and post this. This really me.)

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    • Abigail: “worse” than what? In terms of my values that led to the clothing shopping ban, those sneakers are actually way better than most of my clothes– they’re from Simple and are eco-friendly, have recycled tires for soles, and aren’t made in a sweatshop.

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  30. Just found you today through Freshly Pressed. Now I can’t stop reading all your old posts! We share a lot of the same passions. I’m a full time community organizer and lover of Jesus with a passion for food and baking that wants to make itself full time! You can check out my food blog at bakeeatrepeat.blogspot.com. I’m excited to read more of your stuff!

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  31. Great post! I am challenging myself in a similar way: no new skin care or makeup products until January. What I used to think was an impressive stockpile is now just obscene and I need to work my way through it and not purchase any more.

    I like your new shoes, though. Very cool!

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  32. Cool ! Can’t wait to follow your blog ;o) I’ve decided to not buy any clothes too for a while, the real reason is…I can’t fit anything more in my tiny apart. I’ve just moved from a house to a tiny apartment because I’ve switched city for work. So, until I find a house…which is not anytime soon…I’ve got to really minimise all my shopping cause I don’t have any space for it. Can’t wait to see what its going to do to my budget !!! Probably miracles LOL !

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  33. This inspires me to try something of the sort myself! I spend way too much money on clothes, and now that I’m starting to live on my own and pay for important things like rent and money, I really need to ease up on the spending! Perhaps I shall join in your endeavor!..

    I’m not sure if I’ll make it though…!

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  34. I could easily pass that challenge. I go years without buying clothes. I already have some.
    I also prefer to shop at the thrift stores. The clothes there are like new, cheap and often better than what I see in the real stores. A nice polo shirt for $4.00. Sweet!

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  35. Shoes DO count as clothes. As do underwear and white tanks and tees! Its all stuff you wear, right?
    I am currently in the peace corps in Honduras (shameless self-promotion: http://www.SarahLaGringa.com) and I have been wearing the same clothes, underwear, shoes, socks AND white tanks and tees for over a year and a half now. Not as hard to do when you literally dont have the money to buy new stuff, but I admire your effort.
    Paz, Sarita

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    • Sarah: you’re right about those things being clothes, I’m just exempting them because to my very privileged mind, they’re “necessities” and things I might conceivably need to replace due to staining, rather than all the other stuff in my closet that’s definitely not necessities.

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  36. Just the thought alone of putting shopping on hold until Christmas is hard for me. I often try to consume less, and not shop. However, once every 2 months I end up splurging. I make it a RULE not to purchase things I “do not need” though… maybe i’m a loss cause? I wish you luck!! and i hope you pull through because then you’d be an inspiration to us girls!!

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  37. Good luck on your endeavor! Sounds challenging, but you’ll have fun with it. It’ll really stir your creativity when you want to wear something different.

    What are you going to do if you get a gift card to a clothing store, or if someone happens to give you clothes (as a gift)?

    Love your blog, by the way. I think I’m going to subscribe!

    Angie

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    • Thanks, Angie! If I get a gift card, I’ll just have to wait to spend it in December (my birthday also happens to be then), and if I get clothes as a gift, maybe I can make a one for one rule, where if I get one new item, one other item has to come out of my closet and be donated to charity.

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  38. I started the same challenge about a mounth ago… I was doing fine but last week i bought a couple of t-shirts, they were so cute and cheap and useful!

    Hope you do better than me! :)

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  39. Good luck! I too have recently become more and more aware of the massive amount of clothes I buy these days, just because of the many cheap(er) options available (both online and in stores). I wrote about my dilemma recently (http://supergenericgirl.wordpress.com/2011/06/17/where-are-you-wearing-today/) & am trying to work on becoming a little bit more conscious about what I buy. I can’t say no to a dress or two between now & December, though, but I do applaud you for that!

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  40. here’s a little trick that will help you through your task, it helped me when i was on my no-shopping-till-i-lose-all-the-baby-weight.. buy stuff for other people! it helps you retail-shop and at the same time, you’re not consumerism’ing at all..
    If you’re wondering how my challenge went.. not very far.. but again it wasnt well planned coz all of my maternity clothes which i was planning to continue wearing till i’m back to my original size were summer clothes, and then winter dropped in unannounced and i had to do something about it you see..

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  41. I’m always surprised about how frequently I buy new clothes myself since I don’t consider myself a bug shopper. It’s also amazing to me how quickly the seasons seem to change, which, to me, always warrants the purchase of new clothes. I respect your challenge… and am considering challenging myself.

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  42. I like it! I will join you! Umm I think shoes count(o! so harsh!) I have lots of dance clothes, and I am going to get creative with how I combine them.

    Hey and I also like what that girl, Rachel Burke is starting. She’s making 1 dress a day for a year (what! that’s abnormal, I don’t think I’ve completed a dress in all my life- I sadly missed the sewing gene) . She’s doing it to make money for the Starlight foundaion.
    Jan

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  43. No clothes all year was actually my new years resolution. I have done fabulously wonderful. But guess what happened? I got pregnant! I’m due in January and have a pretty good inkling I’ll need to go shopping before then!! Good luck to you.

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  44. I think I’ll start something similar, as I’ve seen variations of this idea posted on many a blog recently. I’m trying to sell a large stash of my clothing from when I was less stylish, or shit that just looks fug on me, sizes I never wish to be again, etc., and with the money I make from that, I will buy new clothes.. next year! Maybe. Or I could buy myself a banana split and some video games… today! We’ll see.

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  45. I should probably try something like this. I absolutely adore fashion and all aspects of it, but I am a complete shopaholic. You can not fit another hanger in my closet, yet when I go to get dressed, I look in the closet and see nothing interesting to wear, and end up going to buy more. The plus side is, when I buy new clothes for myself, I try to get rid of some of the old by either reusing the fabric or donating. I think if you can pull this off, so can I. Thanks for inspiring myself and hopefully others too!

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    • Re: shoes not “counting”: Shoes don’t “count” for the purposes of my challenge because I don’t think I’m as oversaturated with shoes as I am clothes, and I don’t tend to impulse buy them. I could legitimately use a new pair of black flats and a replacement for my beloved silver flats that I wear almost daily.

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  46. Good for you! I totally want to do the same. Sometimes, I feel disgusted with how much of my income goes on clothes! But what about Christmas parties and so on? Won’t you be tempted to get new clothes for those? Good luck. Shoes wear out so I think you can exempt them.

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  48. Nice idea! Please let us know what happens if you walk by “the one” thing you wanted so long. If you manage to enjoy it just from the outside of the store. Please tell me how you did it.

    If you need some cheer up post! Gonna do what I can to help you out here! A really great challenge.

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  49. This post is so witty, and cute. My roommate used to sit with her bestfriend and quote Liz Lemon ALL DAY so I am quite familiar with her lingo. I need to try this idea, every couple of days i come back with a new purchase, my boyfriend has officially forbidden me from bringing anything else home.. it’s not like im bringing home stray animals geez.

    Love this post, keep it up. Congrats on being FP.

    -Bianca

    Check out my latest blog post
    http://theinbetweengirls.wordpress.com/2011/07/22/why-are-you-passing-up-free-stuff/

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  50. As i get the salary ,i want to buy something new, i think is my effort. But if the clothes or shoes is enough,i will use the money to travel.It’s great.

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  51. I was really happy I got to read this post…yes you can do it! I’m doing more or less the same challenge – but for a whole year! And yes, I’m posting pics of myself (taking them myself although I still don’t know how to work out all the other details there). When I think about it now, I think it was the lack of sleep that made me write that post. :-D

    Good luck to us!

    Cheers,
    http://shoppinginmyowncloset.wordpress.com/

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  52. I have been doing the same thing, only because I don’t really have money to spend on new clothes! But I always get that itch to shop every once in a while and an it is hard to ignore! Alas…
    You can totally do it! I always surprise myself with how many ‘new’ outfits I can put together with the clothes that I have. Have fun!

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  53. This is an admirable goal – best of luck! I have a “less is more” goal, too…we just moved recently and as I’m unpacking, I’d like to get rid of half of everything we have…that may sound like a lot, but at age 56 and after 26 years of marriage, you can accumulate a lot of STUFF! And after paying gobs of money to store all that STUFF for a year-and-a-half until we moved into a new house, I decided I didn’t ever want to have to do that again. We’ll see how it goes…so far so good :)

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  54. Good luck! I haven’t shopped in two whole months, and I’m almost finished with my first 30 for 30 Remix challenge (30 items from your closet – including shoes! – + 30 days = 30 outfits. The concept comes straight from kendieveryday.blogspot.com) It’s kept me focused on what I have, and I haven’t missed shopping all that much. I am planning on a small shopping “spree” at the end of the challenge, as I now know what my wardrobe actually needs. After that shopping trip, I may have to join you on your quest for no more clothes until 2012!

    Oh, and I’ve found one spot that works really well to take my own pictures with the self timer, so you could very well document your more creative outfits. :)

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  55. I have tried to do this myself SO many times (along with the age old woman’s vice that is ‘the diet’ or ‘healthy eating’. I seem to lapse between the two: when the diet fails, new clothes make me feel better, when the wardrobe becomes old and ‘frumpy’ a new diet begins to try and make me feel better about the way I look! Its like a never ending routine, but one I am determined to end!

    I have managed to buy less clothes, and am getting better at only buying clothes I wear to the death, so it can be done, though I probably do have too many! Not sure I could not buy any for 5months though!

    Good luck! (And if you manage it, let me know yours secret!)

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  56. I haven’t bought a single new piece clothing or accessory for the past six months. It wasn’t even a challenge I decided to do. I just figured that you can wear the cutest clothes but if your skin is whacked, your teeth yellow, etc. then you’re not doing your clothes justice. What I would normally spend on clothes, I’m spending on skin care, hair care, personal trainer, etc. So yeah, this isn’t exactly a personal-sacrifice story because I simply chose to manifest my vanity in a different way, but I just want you to know that yes, it can be done and yes, you can do it.

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  57. Great Idea… I might just have to follow you on this. I liked the comment Nothing new til 2012. I just bought a house, and have moved things from my parents house (AKA: my storage unit) and my brothers house (where I was living). I had NO clue how much “stuff” I have acquired over the years. I have an attic room that I swear looks like it has come from an episode of horders, LOL… I am working on not buying anything I don’t need, I am working on going through everything and figuring out what to get rid of on my garage sale. I am going to get rid of excess stuff, or at least that is my plan. :)

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  58. Hello! Your title sucked me in like a gale wind force of tops, pants, skirts and jackets pulling me to your page. Couldn’t resist! I’m a shopgirl and make a living on women “needing” the current trend so for selfish reasons… well, I had to read. Your writing style is delightful and your quest, very doable! I show women how to spend less on clothing by making a few key accessory choices each season and whuala! Instant newness! I think you may have a lot of fun with your resolution– Good Luck! :)

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  59. Why not? You can do it! I suggest reorganizing your closet into clothes categories: tops, skirts, jeans, etc. and then by color. I love the basic guidelines in the new go-to fashion book Parisian Chic by Inès de la Fressange. Check it out to view what you have from a different vantage. More is not better, necessarily, as we all know.

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  60. Rock on. I made this personal pledge a few years ago. However….it wasnt to stop shopping so much as to shop green. I now only buy used clothing for my family and I.

    Benefits:
    *Used clothing is the most green clothing out there
    *The local thrift stores are purely American businesses. My money stays in america and often helps disabled Americans.
    *Much more budget friendly. why pay $100 for designer jeans when I can get them for $3?

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  61. I am addicted to thrift stores for myself and consignment sales for my kids. I can’t count the number of times I have come across brand name stuff with the tags still on them for a couple of bucks.

    If you make it all the way to December, you’ll be all set to take advantage of the after-holidays clearance sales! Brilliant!

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  62. What I’ve been doing to stop myself from spending so much damn money on clothes…. because, believe me, I do…. is to online window shop. I pick out things I love, I put them in my cart, I leave it for a few minutes, stare at them for a while…. and then usually close the window after I’ve lost my momentum. I’ve realized I sort of tumble into purchases without figuring out if I REALLY want them first. Once I let them sit for a moment, I realize I don’t need that shit, and I spend no money…. but I’ve still experienced the thrill of adding things to my cart.

    What also helps is to do my laundry all at once so I realize how many clothes I actually have….. Ridiculous. I like your challenge. Good luck!

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  63. wow! Good luck! I may join you and try to do the same! Obviously shoes dont count!!!! They are unreliable, heels break, scuffs happen, they get tatty…. :) Keep us updated! And congratulations on being freshly pressed!

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  64. Oh wow…I started reading this post, for the first time coming across your blog and…wait, what’s this…A Liz Lemon quote?! Fantastic!!
    I’m currently reading Tina Fey’s book ‘Bossypants’ also! If you haven’t read it…You should! Man, she makes me laugh.

    Anyway, I too need to just stop buying clothes for…A long ol’ while. I think it actually makes me feel better if I just stop buying stuff. Then you appreciate the things you do get, even more.

    Keep us posted, and I’ll check back :).
    Screw it, I’ll subscribe.

    Kirstiie

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  65. Holy. Crap. You are so brave, although I would make it about 6 days before breaking, you are an inspiration and I am totally rooting for you.
    The best of luck to you.

    ps- I love your writing style, your personality and honesty really shine through, keep it up!!
    xo

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  66. Good luck with your challenge. I remember a few years ago when my best friend decided to partake in a similar goal. I was absolutely horrified. Now, I’m considering taking part in a a similar challange. I bet you’ll be suprised how many things you have that you never wear and also amazed in the clever ways you can put them together.

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  67. I think you can make it. It would be a cinch for me. I’m one of those rare girls that hates to shop. I usually only do it if I absolutely have to. Like when I gain a little weight and my pants don’t fit anymore. My only real weakness is t-shirts at Disneyland. Since I go there a lot, I really have to work on staying out of the gift shops because the t-shirts call my name. They do! ;o)

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  68. I admire you, I’ve attempted similar things in the past, and I last less than a week. Good luck with it! I’m sure you’ll have an amazing shoe collection by the end of it!

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  69. I have high faith you can do it, though it may seem difficult at times! You made me want to try it, as well. I may not do it for that length of time (and I’ll probably buy some things before I start it). Good for you for giving yourself this challenge. I love it! I would also exempt tights from the “clothing” category. We all know how easily they rip, even when we’re so desperately trying not to let them touch anything!
    Also, thank you for talking about “that one chick” who wore the same dress for a year. I’d never heard about that and was really interested.

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  71. I’m not one to fully swear off thing, (all things in moderation, even moderation) but lately I’ve resolved to make my purchasing habits align with my values as you say. Which for me means no longer buying things that are made to be semidisposable just because they are cheap, not buying things I won’t really love, and being willing to drop the money on fewer things that are made well and absolutely perfect for me. I realized that its important to me to be mobile, and pack light so to speak, yet at the same time, I have a hard time letting things go once I own them. So the answer.. be more particular about what I come to own.

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  72. I wish you all the best of luck. You will discover lots of new uses for your wardrobe items. I think you will find that you can totally wear those fishnets and jelly shoes with even the most prim of church dresses.

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  74. Great idea! I generally love being frugal but I have also been forced to do the same by temporary (hopefully) lack of money. I kind of realized that if I prevented myself from buying clothes for the next 2 years I will still be fine…

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  76. Sometimes I just avoid the mall because there’s always sales and I’m not good at resisting. I just tell myself “out of sight, out of mind.”

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