I started off 2018 with a month-long shopping ban. The beginning of this year though marks the start of my six months of buying nothing new (aka six months of shopping secondhand only). I will admit that in this first month of secondhand shopping, I didn’t actually go into that many thrift stores (Poshmark and Depop just make it too easy to do it from the comfort of my home), but I look forward to exercising my thrifting muscles in the months to come.
– NEW ADDITIONS –
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TO MY SHOES:
Everlane Modern Ankle Boot via Poshmark ($115) bought on 01/02/19 — After letting go of one of my first ankle boots ever (a beloved pair of Dolce Vita black ankle boots that I had for 4+ years), I desperately needed a new pair of flat boots. I love how these have a oxford-like feel, and it makes me feel a little smarter and put together when I wear them. These were practically brand new when I received them, and so I’m still in the midst of breaking these in and hopefully they’ll be buttery soft by the time I go to Portland in a few weeks!
TOTAL MONEY SPENT: $115
TOTAL NUMBER OF ITEMS: +1 in shoes
TOTAL MONEY SPENT: $55
TOTAL NUMBER OF ITEMS: +1 in everyday capsule
– WHAT I LET GO –
FROM MY EVERYDAY CAPSULE WARDROBE:
TOTAL NUMBER OF ITEMS: -1
FROM MY SHOES:
TOTAL NUMBER OF ITEMS: -1
FROM MY LOUNGEWEAR / GYM CAPSULE:
–Old Navy Bon Voyage Sweatshirt
–Champion Black Leggings
TOTAL NUMBER OF ITEMS: -2
– WHAT I LEARNED –
Being off Instagram for most of the month helped me a lot in finding contentment with my wardrobe. I wasn’t comparing my wardrobe to others. I wasn’t comparing my outfits to others. I was just enjoying the clothes that I have and wearing what I wanted without worrying about creating new ones to photograph for my Instagram and for the blog. And while I wouldn’t say that I dressed more creatively with my clothes in January, I did find that I’m very much a uniform dresser through and through. Once I find a combination that works, I will wear it at least once a week.
I also realized that because I am such a mood dresser, I do tend to go through phases with my clothes. There was a point where I thought I could let go of my Everlane Soft Cotton Square Cardigan and an oversized cardigan from Zara from my fast fashion days, because as much as I love them, I just wasn’t wearing them as I favored longline cardigans that didn’t have any buttons. But then I saw a girl on Instagram wearing a cardigan buttoned up with a white tee and leggings, and I knew I had to try it. And ever since, I’ve actually been favoring the two cardigans that I thought I was going to let go of.
Realizing that I go through phases with my wardrobe made me loosen up a bit on the idea of sticking to a certain number of items in my wardrobe. In order for my wardrobe to be effective, it has to be flexible to cater to my mood swings. It also has to be fluid to ride out trends. Just because I don’t wear something for a month or two doesn’t mean that I won’t in the next month or two. I think my mass decluttering days are behind me, and now it just feels like it’s more refining rather than anything else.
With this first month of 2019 behind me, I’m hopeful to see where this year will take my wardrobe!