Alright guys, I'm about to do something CRAZY and very self-punishing. You know how I do the occasional "No Buy July" or other month-long challenges where I stop buying anything unnecessary? Well, I am going to do a modified version of that, but for A WHOLE FREAKING YEAR.
Welcome to #NoBuy365.
You might be wondering, BUT YOUR WHOLE BLOG IS ABOUT FASHION, how is this going to work?!
Easy! I will simply be forced to wear my items in new ways. I will start focusing less on ACQUIRING more, and instead focus on WEARING more. Fashion should NOT be about just buying more and more stuff. It shouldn't be an unsustainable (and environmentally unfriendly) process that drains our pockets and requires that we chase the next thing, over and over again.
It's got to stop. We need to learn HOW TO WEAR WHAT WE HAVE.
I have a capsule wardrobe... technically.
But I think I've betrayed the true meaning of it because is it REALLY a capsule wardrobe if I am still constantly buying new things, but then just cycling out other stuff (by selling or donating) each time I buy something new to keep the overall number of items the same? I mean, sure, technically, I'm not ADDING a new item if I get rid of one each time... but I'm not really wearing things more than a few times. That's insane. I bought all this quality clothing to last me, and then I wear them 2-3 times before I list them on Poshmark to make room for something new.
NO! IT HAS TO STOP! There are so many reasons we keep buying more and more stuff, and how much of it is based on actual NEED? What parts of our lives and ourselves are we ignoring or masking by just accumulating MORE? Why do we think our value or joy is tied in STUFF? If you're religious, you know that basically all holy books and even philosophical books advise against rampant materialism, and for good reason. I don't know about you, but I am DONE!
How the #NoBuy365 challenge is going to work:
- You can still buy cosmetics. I am not asking anyone to become super austere here. But if it's fashion-related, like jewelry, handbags, clothing, accessories... nope.
- The exception to buying more clothing is if it's for your kids or spouse (the ban is on YOU personally, not your whole family), or you have run out of a necessary item, like all your socks got ruined or your underwear is falling apart, or you only have one winter coat and it is damaged beyond reasonable repair, or you work in a job that has a dress code or uniform and a necessary component is beyond worn out, like you need to wear black pants and all of them are destroyed and no longer presentable, or your workout apparel needs replacing, badly (that is health/medical related in my book, so you get a pass to buy new yoga pants as long as you actually wear them to yoga!). You may continue to purchase necessary items like that. But it really does have to be something that you NEED. Like you literally can not show up to work without it, or you'll suffer from the elements. If it's just something like you accidentally bleached your favorite t-shirt or your new pink scarf got caught in a fan and is shredded nope. No shopping for a replacement.
- You can start on Feb. 2nd with me, or you can start on a day that has meaning for you. I have found in the past that I am more willing to stick with things that AREN'T a New Year's Resolution. Having the start and end date on a day that is special to me, makes me more likely to stick with it for some reason.
- I will be posting more about this in the Mostly Petite Me facebook group! If we have a lot of participants, I can start a #NoBuy365 group but I think we'll be just fine so far with just the MPM group page being use for that.
- It would be awesome if, when you talk about it, you use the hashtag #NoBuy365. It makes me easy for me to find you guys and follow you on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, wherever you're at! (You can also add the hashtag #mostlypetiteme or a link to this blog post for anyone who expresses interest in it. The more the merrier, and then we'll all feel more accountability).
- There is no failing. Maybe you make it for 365, maybe you make it for a month, or two weeks. Maybe you buy one or two things every so often but learn how to dramatically cut back... Anything that encourages you to look at your spending and reduce it, is a WIN!
So, how about it? Are you in? You've got some time to mull it over, as I won't be starting until February 2nd, which besides being Groundhog's Day (an adorkable holiday if I do say so myself), is also my 35th birthday!
Even if this isn't a challenge you want to participate it, I hope you stay to watch how it unfolds for me throughout the next year. I'll post regular updates about it in addition to my normal posts, and you can also follow me on Instagram @mostlypetiteme. Obviously since I haven't even started yet, I'm excited! Seriously, think about it, but if this just doesn't appeal to you in anyway, I'm sure I could use a cheering section!