getting rid of clothes and not buying new ones (aka bish, please)

Happy Thursday, Magical Creatures!

Let’s talk new years resolutions.

I’ve never actually made a new years resolution, because I don’t buy into the “new year, new me” myth. I know that I’m still going to be me come Jan 1, so there’s no use in trying to change something about myself.

This year is a little bit different. I’ve felt really suffocated by the amount of clothes I have lately, because fashion is clearly my weakness. I always seem to have a full closet and an empty wallet.

Recently there has been much talk in the fashion community about the benefits of minimalism and capsule wardrobes. I kind of feel like this topic has been over-covered, but it feels really relevant to me right now.

If you read my last post, you know that I’m going to be interning with a fair trade, sustainable clothing company this summer, Liz Alig. As I’m becoming more familiar with this company and the amazing work that it does, I feel drawn to leading a socially responsible existence.

About a week ago, I was doing laundry and Anthony was helping me by hanging some of my stuff up. I still had about two loads left to do when Anthony said to me, “You don’t have any more hangers to use.”

So, here I am, half-way through completely cleaning out my closet (does anyone understand eBay, or maybe just want to buy a couple of kate spades in like-new condition?). I’m actually having a more difficult time choosing to get rid of stuff, even items I’ve only worn once or twice. I seem to have an irrational emotional attachment to my clothes.

When I was little, my mom used to jokingly tell me, “It’s always better to look good than to feel good” (for some reason it was always in a germanish accent which I never questioned before but am now realizing I don’t understand why??).

This saying, albeit a joke, feels almost true for me. If I don’t feel well, emotionally or physically, I can always find a pair of shoes or a dress that makes me feel better. Shopping has always been my therapy. This is obviously a danger to my health and my bank account.

My criteria for keeping items are as follows:

  • Have I worn this item in the past year?
  • Do I feel happy when I look at this item?
  • Is this item versatile?
  • Is this item functional?
  • Do I feel good when I wear this item?
  • Do I look good when I wear this item?

If the answer to any of these questions is “no” then I give it a kiss goodbye and send it on its way.

My goal, by the end of this, is to only have items that I adore and that make me feel confident about myself. I’m setting myself up for style success.

What is going to be even more difficult for me is breaking this habit of buying clothes. I’ve made a deal with myself that if I don’t buy anything for the next month, I can buy one full priced item (I’m looking at you, black denim skirt).

After that, I’m only going to buy high quality items that fit perfectly in my personal collection. Each item that I bring in means one has to go out.

Keeping me accountable on this venture is my partner in crime, Manda, who has a very similar problem with keeping money in her bank account.

Not only is this going to help me out personally, but by owning and buying less units at a lower frequency, I can reduce my carbon footprint! Yay environment!

Wish me luck, magical creatures.

Also, quick update on the GPA thing from last semester, I thought I was going to get a 3.5, and I actually ended up at 3.611. Never thought that would happen.

Have an absolutely wonderful weekend. Let me know if any of you are chasing a similar (or entirely different) goal in 2017!

Glitter and Rainbows,

The Girlicorn

 

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