Has that low-key thrill you feel when you hit the ‘confirm order’ button become increasingly laced with guilt? Yep, me too.
I’m not shy when it comes to talking about my shopping habits. I like fashion. I enjoy shopping. And ultimately, I love the way clothes influence my mood, my confidence, and my entire day.
However, now more so than ever I’m feeling the pressure to keep up-to-date with the ‘new in’ sections of online stores and not only is my bank balance taking a hit, but the joy that shopping for new clothes once brought me is noticeably diminishing. So – I’ve decided to set myself a challenge (eek!)
For the duration of September, I’m going to quit shopping.
I’m allowing myself to buy food (no shit, Sherlock), toiletries (I mean, I’m lazy but not gross), and any other necessities. What I’m going to try my hardest to avoid is buying any clothes, makeup, shoes, and accessories. Basically – anything I can continue daily life without.
And here are the reasons why.
Feeling low? Queue impulsive buying. I’ll admit that when I’m feeling sad, stressed, or generally just down-in-the-dumps about the way I look, things often get out of hand. We’re all guilty of it – in a desperate attempt to make ourselves feel happy again, we turn to what we do and know best (shopping, duh). But when the DPD delivery man arrives at your doorstep, the usual feeling of fulfilment as you sign for your parcel is replaced by a pang of guilt, and maybe even regret.
Now I’m not saying that coming home with the blouse you’ve been eyeing up in the window of Topshop for weeks doesn’t make me smile, because it totally still does. But as the excitement of styling my new purchases has become less and less, I think taking a break from spending will make me view a new pair of shoes as a special treat again, instead of just an attempt to pull me out of a grumpy mood.
Being both a self-confessed shopaholic and (i’ll admit it) untidy is a recipe for disaster. As much as I try to deny it, when I open my wardrobe door to be greeted by an unorganised heap on the floor and shirts half-hanging messily off of coat hangers, I feel slightly exasperated. Clearly a ‘one-in-one-out system’ hasn’t been something I’ve managed to stick at and I have drawers that won’t shut thanks to the countless marl grey sweatshirts spewing out of them.
To combat the sheer stressfulness of owning so much stuff (first world problem alert), I’ve decided to take September to figure out what I want to keep, what I can get rid of, and what I need to invest in come October.
My latest ASOS order might not have brought me joy, but the thought of spending a week in New York City with my best friend (Euan) sure as hell does. And yes, although this post is all about me curbing my spending habits when it comes to fashion, one thing I’m really looking forward to during my trip to Manhattan is shopping.
By early October when I head across the pond, the stores will definitely be spilling with Autumnal goodies that I just can’t wait to get my hands on. If you know me, you’ll know nothing gives me heart palpitations like thought of chunky knits and wool fedoras. So yes, my shopping cleanse is largely due to the fact that I plan to leave Edinburgh with minimal outfits and return with a couple more – so sue me.
That’s why I’m quitting shopping for September. Wish me luck!