If you don’t know what I’m chatting about, let me bring you up to speed. At the start of September, I decided to put any kind of clothes shopping on hold for the ENTIRE MONTH. And boy, it was tough. Here’s what inevitably happens when you’re silly enough to deny yourself from new clothes for a few weeks.
1.Instagram becomes your enemy
Everywhere I looked there was someone in the all new A/W goodies . A lot of you enabling beauties on the gram are a massive source of my inspiration, but seeing y’all drop your pennies on the latest Zara knits was the last thing I needed whilst on a self-imposed shopping ban.
2. You realise that clothes are seriously overpriced.
I think in my whirlwind shopping habits, I’d become somewhat blind to price tags and going a month (or 22 days to be exact – we’ll talk about that later) really made me slow down and properly consider my purchases. I mean yeah ASOS does some pretty gorgeous coats, but are they worth almost £100? Definitely not.
3. There are days where you just hate all of your clothes
These days happen more often than I’d like and honestly, were a frequent occurrence even before I decided to challenge myself with a spending ban. Correct me if I’m wrong, but you’ll likely end up falling back onto your bed (sighing dramatically), half dressed and surrounded by piles of blouses more times than you’ll be able to count. It’s like, just because you know you can’t shop, your brain instantly tells you that everything you already own looks like shit. Psychology.
4. You discover old favourites lurking in the bag of your wardrobe
Oh, it’s there and you know it. Whether its a worn old knit you’ve had since your school days or a dress you were tagged in too many Facebook photos wearing at the time, it’s time to rekindle the love. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I went back to so many of my old outfits.
5. You try to justify spending more money on other things
Well, you can’t buy the shoes so why not treat yourself to a sexy ramen from Wagamama, right? This was my thought almost every day. I wasn’t buying any new clothes, but what I didn’t set myself rules on was food (pretty dangerous if you ask me, maybe that challenge should come next…). This might only be me (please, don’t let it only be me) but I’ve come to think that we just love to splash cash. I was basically just looking for an excuse to end up in my overdraft, like ‘Take my money. JUST TAKE IT.’
6. You take the long route home to avoid the shops
You can do it. All you have to do is avoid going anywhere near Topshop. Nope – my laptop still has ASOS open on the first tab. DOH.
7. When you do go into town, you want to buy EVERYTHING
This is pretty much the same as going dress shopping for a specific event and not being able to find anything you even remotely like, but three weeks down the line you come across five evening dresses on ASOS and have to actively make plans to find an excuse to wear them. Ya feel me?
8. You feel out of the Instagram and blogger loop
Are you even worth an insta-like if your outfit isn’t available to buy in store anymore? Not shopping, particularly at the change of the season, made my blog and social media feel pretty irrelevant. Most of my content revolves around fashion and style, so when I can’t share items that others can instantly go out and enjoy too, I felt out of the loop. I hope my followers (if you’re reading this!) don’t mind the fact that sometimes I share outfits made up of old bits and bobs I’ve scraped from the floor of my wardrobe.
9. You’ll realise the shopping ban probably wasn’t a good idea after all
Yep, I’ll be honest. Apart from opening my eyes and admitting that I was definitely spending too much money on clothes, all this challenge did was make me want to shop even more. I’m telling you, what you know you can’t have, you want way way more. Like when you start a strict diet, or try to cut out chocolate – it never works. I made it 22 days shopping free until I caved and panic bought an address for an event and honestly felt super defeated – but kind relieved – about it. In short, I can’t see me trying this again any time soon, but I will definitely be more thoughtful about fashion purchases (maybe).
Have you ever challenged yourself to a month of no spending? Let me know how you got on!