When I initially minimised my clothes, I found it incredibly easy to throw things away. Too easy. Masses and masses of tops, trousers, dresses and everything in between. They all had one thing in common – they didn’t fit well. Likely due to poor quality and styles that I have always wanted to explore, but never found the confidence to wear outside the four walls of my room.
For obvious reasons, I had to keep some of these ill-fitting clothes, except I loved these. Extremely oversized to hide my body completely. And I was content. This shopping ban was unintentional, truthfully. But, as I sit here reflecting, I’ve found many benefits.
I DIDN’T NOTICE
This is a remarkable realisation for me, seeing how far I have come in my minimalism journey and effort to consume less. I was blissfully unaware that I hadn’t felt the need to buy more for whatever trend was in.
I have found SO many pieces within my closet I had completely forgotten about during this period during those days of
“A closet full of clothes, nothing to wear” – Carrie Bradshaw.
It’s kept things fresh and given me more options of outfits when I’ve felt a need to switch it up, without bringing new items into my closet to be ignored.
MAKING IT WORK
I don’t own many pairs of shorts – three to be exact. Only one of these pairs is appropriate for work as they are almost knee length. I soon realised I needed more. Instead of buying some, I saw a pair of jeans that were the oldest, most faded, therefore only ever worn if I’ve been lazy with washing my clothes.
I cut them to short length, rolled them a few times and stitched it in place. Now I have two pairs of shorts which is the perfect amount for work.
Dresses that had shrunk a few too many times to be wearable (I really need to learn how to prevent that) are now t-shirts for my leggings for lazy days.
This half year has pulled out my creative side to make clothes work for me, as opposed to working for clothes to buy.
MONEY MONEY MONEY
I was wondering why I had so much money left at the end of each month. Oh yes – I wasn’t blowing £100 every month on a few outfits for social events.
FINDING MY STYLE
This whole thing has helped me figure out what it is I really need in my wardrobe that I don’t currently have. This mostly consists of more fitted styles and basic t-shirts that aren’t baggy and shapeless. I have noticed, though, that I have the perfect amount of bottoms (jeans, leggings, etc) for me, which is fantastic.
As I now continue my weight loss journey (a topic I will touch on one day), I hate this style of potato sacks and huge jackets. I will be continuing this no-buy for another 3-6 months until I hit my goal in which I will begin replacing the items I don’t feel good in with more appropriate, fitting, high quality clothing that will match how I now feel about my body.