Love What You Wear – A Year of Not Buying Clothes

Some of you may remember that last November, I signed up for the Love What You Wear Project – a challenge not to buy any new clothes for the duration of a year (except underwear and shoes!). The challenge ran from 1st November 2012 until 1st November 2013. Next Friday the challenge ends and (assuming I don’t go on a mad spending spree between now and then) I will have successfully completed it. Woohoo!

Initially, I was hoping that the challenge would spur me on to start making my own clothes. And it did, sort of, but then I got a bit disillusioned when making my own clothes failed to result in anything that I would actually consider wearing. There was the skirt that made me look like a lego figure:

front of skirt

Then the top that made me look like a milkmaid:


Oh, well, at least I did get some bargains from charity shops, like this Monsoon top:

thank goodness for oxfam monsoon

And a Boden one:

thank goodness for oxfam boden

And luckily, my mum rekindled her dressmaking and made me several garments including this fabulous Vogue dress:

vogue dress

All in all, I’m glad I undertook the challenge. I have had fun hunting down charity shop bargains and I think it has definitely altered my attitude towards buying clothes. I think I will be a lot less impulsive with my purchases and carefully choose those clothes that I think will fit in with my existing wardrobe and that will last well. Having said that, I am looking forward to shopping for a brand new frock for my Christmas night out with the girls 🙂

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14 thoughts on “Love What You Wear – A Year of Not Buying Clothes

  1. alisonsye says:

    I really like the skirt and top you made – it looks like you made a good job of them.

  2. Ben Naga says:

    T can’t believe it has been a year already. I remember you attempts as dressmaking. They weren’t that bad either, you know. And congratulations. (And think of all the money you saved too. 🙂 )

  3. mb says:

    Congratulations! Even if you did not sew too many clothes, you tried 🙂

  4. Gjeometry says:

    Oooh, congrats on meeting a successful challenge! And, looks like you at least got some new hand-made items in your wardrobe.

    • vivjm says:

      Ha ha – yes, even if I did cheat and get my mum to make them. I still picked out the pattern and fabric, so that’s got to count for something, right?!

  5. textileshed says:

    Congrats on sticking with this great idea for a year! I actually cannot remember when I have bought clothes in a ‘real shop’ last… I go through charity shops every now and again and just pick up stuff that is good and seem to have enough clothes for all occasions (even lend my boss some great business jackets when we have important functions since we are the same size)! And I make my clothes last… Having recently packed up our home to move house – I cannot believe how much stuff we don’t need we all carry with us all the time. It does not make me happy at all! I will be VERY careful putting anything new in my new house.

    • vivjm says:

      I must admit, it is quite rare for me to buy new clothes in any case! And I do try to make my clothes last…in fact, sometimes I make them last too long (according to the family photo albums lol)

  6. What a brilliant achievement. I love the thrill of finding new and unusual things to wear in charity shops. In fact, I can’t remember the last thing I bought ‘new’!

  7. Andria says:

    I forgot that you were doing this challenge, Viv! I am reading a book called The 7 Experiment, and have considered going six months without buying any new clothing or shoes. Now that I see you success with a full year, I feel more empowered to give it a try!

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