Monday, 2 August 2010

No More Buying

I thought I would have had to think about this longer, but after about half an hour of careful consideration I knew I had found myself a proper challenge. After about two years of blogging about my struggles with spending and style, this just feels right. Inspired by Cynthia, Style Underdog and Rad, I am going on The Great American Apparel Diet. I will not buy any new clothes for a year. Yes, an entire year. The shopping ban includes any piece of clothing that costs money. My shopping ban starts today and ends on the 1st of August, 2011. Wish me luck.

17 comments:

Eline said...

Eek! Good luck! I told myself in may that I would not go shopping for a month and I ended up with two months because after a while I just didn't feel like shopping any more... And when I think about it now, I am just too lazy.

Cynthia said...

Fantastic! I think this is going to be easier than we think and I am looking forward to some really great outfits.

Fer said...

good luck! I don't know if I could do it... in fact, I just started a self-imposed one-month shopping ban, and I'm wondering if I'll be able to pull it off. but a whole year? I have to be honest, I don't know if I could.

I'll be very curious reading about your experience this year.

um beijo from Brazil :)

(long time reader, first time commenting here)

Sal said...

Good luck, lady! I look forward to reading about your thought processes as you go through the challenge.

Rad_in_Broolyn said...

Waves, congrats for this decision and I am so thrilled to have you as a fellow GAAD participant! I am already feeling a little challenged myself as I see new fall fashions advertised all of the streets of Manhattan, so it's good to have support and see how others do. Good for you and if you ever get bored, we can always do some temporary swaps!
Good luck!

EFSTATHIA said...

Good luck!!
You might find that it's easier than it seems and quite fun, too!
(I'm under a sort of obligatory shopping ban myself - finishing college during an economic crisis in Greece isn't easy, so no money/no honey - and it helps a lot to really understand your needs, plus you become even more creative and crafty!)
Enjoy the chalenge! ;)

style underdog said...

Yippee! The more the merrier. We can do this! We are here for support. Congratulations on your decision. I can't wait for your remixing magic

Modesty is Pretty said...

Good for you! You can do it! I'm on a shopping diet too so I'm with you on this. You can do it!

Charlotte said...

I'm doing it as well, Waves. Already I find that I'm delving deeper into my closet than usual.

Charlotte said...

Good luck!!! I really don't buy much clothes (my challenge is the other way around!), I'm really curious to see how someone who understands dressing (I don't) thinks about working within a finished set of clothes... Now that is inspiration I can not wait to get!

Holly said...

Fabulous. Luck!

Someone said...

Hey why not? Good luck with your project!

It's interesting how buying waxes and wanes, sometimes naturally.

Because we are in the process of settling in a new state across the country, I was occupied with packing and reducing possessions for months, and we are only -just- about to install ourselves in an apartment that is HALF the size of our former house. And thus, it turns out that I haven't bought any clothes or shoes since the end of May. (Even then, I only picked up one or two things.)

So, 2 full months and counting...

I'll admit, I found some fabulous boots that I want, but other than those, I just may go on a ban for a while as well. (A "banalong?")

Charles said...

good luck! i'm looking forward to seeing your journey :) xx

Sheila said...

Wow, good luck! I have considered it as well...maybe for 2011.

melina bee said...

are free items ok? b/c if you were to visit portland in the summer time, you'd get a new outfit once a week for free if you're on foot and biking a lot...
props!

Eyeliah said...

Wow, I have been so behind on your blog to just read about this ban now, I wonder how it is going?? I will be catching up over the next few days. Good for you! And yes, you can do it! P.S. What shoe size are your feet?

poet said...

I think I'm going to try this too. (Since I live in a place with seasons again, I might have to make an exception for warm socks & tights, but apart from that, no more buying) You're an inspiration, as I am certain I need not tell you.