Fly me to the moon

It may have been my being absolutely and wholly broke, or an increasing tendency to eat, you know, actual food instead of ramen, or more admiringly a disgust in my own shopping habits but in May I made a personal pledge to not buy anything non-edible for a month. In the case of the latter, I felt pretty awful about this sort of undying urge to get shiny, new stuff, no matter what. And I have to say, seemingly unlike most in the fashion blogosphere I was inspired by blogs and blogger’s questioning of their own habits and general consumerist zeitgeist to stop shopping and live consciously rather than getting an even more consumerist urge to perpetually show new clothes instead of new combos of old clothes. And to be fair, when I think about it now, the latter is much more interesting. I find it quite inspiring.

So, I ended up not buying anything for four months up until very recently and I am planning on continuing this, no matter how difficult it may be with my soon to be newly acquired money. To keep that in check I’ve laid down a couple of rules.

I am mainly posting this for self-reference and hopefully an outside pressure to keep myself to these rules, hah.

1. Is it well-made and will it last for at the very least two years?

2. Will I wear it frequently? Or will I cherish it mightily and occasionally pull it out of my wardrobe stare, sigh wistfully and wear it while drunkenly dancing, holding a gin & tonic in one hand a brush for lip-syncing in the other on a lonely Friday night? (Let’s be frank here, we all need that kind of dresses –although not too many- , guys, even the men amongst us. Just saying.)

3. And lastly, but definitely not least as I must remember that I am still only a student: Is it in my price range? Or is it worth eating noodles for a month for? (It hardly ever is any more; I literally cannot stomach noodles any more. Oh, the heartache.)

+++ (edit) : at the very maximum one shopping trip per month unless I see a desired item that I’ve lusted after for months/years.

(These rules may not seem impressive, but if I have to keep to all three of these all the time, they are for me! Which might be quite sad…)

I’ve often reasoned that dressing up is my hobby and that I quite deserve buying a lot of stuff because that is basically my only hobby and the only thing I spend actual money on (aside from books) and even so most stuff I buy is really cheap and also second hand so why should I stop, I mean it’s totes okay for the environment? etc. etc. But really, there’s no need for me to have an unreasonably large collection of clothes so I’ve also recently donated four bags of clothes and one bag of shoes and 6 purses to good will and I am quite relieved. And I must remember this! Feel free to remind me of this post when you see some new dresses popping up here, because I kinda have a problem! 😀

I am not stopping shopping completely though. I finally have money to spend on decently made clothes that aren’t second hand and 2 Euro a pop. And I am looking forward to buying from some independent designers or whatever, damn it.

22 Comments

  • I am also trying to consume less in the way of close and non-edible things. I mean, it should be easy for me, because I hate shopping and am very cheap, but at the same time, I often feel the desire to buy things just for the sake of it (which I am usually good at resisting). Good luck!

    I love your dress and outfit here though. Green and red is such a great colour combination.

    • Oh yes, same here! I am also a cheapskate and I loathe shopping (it’s such a drag!) but the newness of it all is what attracts me, I suppose. Thanks! I hope this way of thinking becomes a natural habit.

      Thanks! It’s actually orange but those are two of my fave colour combos nonetheless 😀

  • It’s very admirable of you to consciously change your shopping habits, and I look forward to seeing combinations of the clothes you currently have. Bravo, my dear!

  • You look great! I haven’t been buying clothes a lot lately either, though it’s more because I’m spending money on other things XD.

    I try to donate to goodwill like once a year, though there’s still a lot of things that I don’t wear anymore but can’t bear to get rid of either (most notably clothes I made myself or that I wore practically every day in highschool).

    It’s good to be critical of your own buying habits. (I’ll work on it myself… sometime XD) Go you!

  • Hey, i’ve been reading your blog for a while now and suddenly decided to comment! I agree with you on the whole about how thrifty bloggers’ blogs are certainly more interesting to read- ideas are more interesting than slavish consumerism 🙂
    Love the way you dress in solid colour blocks, it’s so refreshing compared to most people’s ditsy prints and grey/black/white, and i love how the dress kind of looks WW1-ish!
    Good luck on your shopping ban 😀
    BattyNora01xx

    • Hooray fro first time comment! 😀
      I just want to add that I don’t necessarily mean that people who continually buy new things (or just often) are visually less interesting, but as an idea, repeating items in a different way is challenging and more interesting than a vicious cycle of showing new shit. I’m afraid that sometimes I come over as putting others down and finding my own opinion superior, but I promise I never think that way!
      But thank you thank you thank you!! 😀

  • I will forever be in total and complete awe of your colour clashing skills.
    Green and Orange? LOOOVE IT!

  • Thanks for your reply, sorry i wasnt implying that you were putting down others/people who buy a lot of new clothes! 😀 xx

    • Oh no, I thought you’d understand I was implying that in my post! Glad none of that is the case XD

  • I am trying (& failing) to impose a shopping ban on myself, as well…I have v. little willpower where pretty clothes are concerned, though, so I totally just ordered a TBA skirt from ASOS that I’ve wanted for ages. I’m also trying to only purchase quality items that I can see myself wearing for a while, & have found some pretty great deals on ebay for authentic designer goods (6 yr old Chloe silk dress in my size for under 70USD yes plz; Paul & Joe Sister wool dress for under 40USD oh yes plz.) I’ve also tried to curb my thrifting a bit, though I still find myself trying to rescue all pretty silk blouses, despite how many I already have.

    • Me tooooo. I’ve already gotten some money now and there’s these couple of kick ass 60s dresses at the high street right now, and then I also looked at TBA and I really want that mushroom pint dress, and that white dress with the black collar and oh god that sheer black dress with the dots, and then I go big designer hunting on eBay and find these amazing things ;_;. Self-restraint is difficult, damn it.

  • Okay, first I have to say that I am in LOVE with that green dress! It look awesome on you. And second, good job with the four months of not shopping! I think your shopping rules are very rational. I almost feel that I would have been better off coming up with a list of rules myself, rather than to just go on a complete shopping ban!

  • I always go,”Can I live without this??”
    If it’s a 100% NO then only I’ll get it. Impulse purchase makes me sick, seeing all these stuff just taking up space in the closet D: Also there’s the scale/balance rule, where if there’s something new coming in, something old must go.

  • I always go,”Can I live without this??”
    If it’s a 100% NO then only I’ll get it. Impulse purchase makes me sick, seeing all these stuff just taking up space in the closet D: Also there’s the scale/balance rule, where if there’s something new coming in, something old must go.

    That little orange bow peeking out from the top is so adorable!

  • Eeee, i’ve been kinda bad over the summer with buying clothes and such, i’m going to have to take up your rules for a while me thinks…What your wearing in that photo is ‘mazzing though 😀

    Yeah, the Libertines were really good! I wasn’t really expecting them either but they were fantastic, i’m well happy their back now 😀 Haha, i know! We only got a bit of hugging but i was happy enough with that 😉

    Awwh, thanks loads for all those links, i’m definitely going to put them in my bookmarks and see how they go, they look promising anyway 🙂 especially FEMINIST HULLKKK. That is so going straight in my bookmarks. Thanks for the Tumblr follow by the way! Tis great 😀 i’m kinda liking looking around Tumblr for feminist blogs as well at the moment, quite a few good ones around there.

    I’ve put your blog in my links list as well on my blog!
    xxxx

  • oh i adore you in green. such a perfect red bow too!
    i think your rules are great. i never get that far (coming up with the rules)
    i usually just go with the NEED VS WANT rule…and try and stick to the needs
    as much as possible…but you know how that goes 😉
    on a side note, i was wondering if you’d be interested in doing a lil interview
    for the style stimulant feature over at mamushka marie…if so i’d love, love, love it!
    let me know! 🙂 <3

  • fantastic thinking.

    you look amazing. I have just stumble upon your blog. ouhhh i think I might have finish reading your past post through out the weekend.

    xx

  • oh my goodness. i love this outfit so much! i have a bunch of rules too. or things get really out of hand. like-

    -if it doesn’t fit perfectly it doesn’t belong to me, let someone else have the fun. these are mostly thrifting rules
    -if i do get it, and i end up not liking it one day, how can i get of it? would someone else want it? can i donate it? can i sell it and make my money back? (i always think about that now since clothes became my job and i buy so many vintage shoes and clothes for me but for shoots too)
    -i guess i don’t really buy mass produced stuff, or i try no to, and i don’t really buy new shoes but if i do, i do think about it being well-made

    i’m very flattered you got something from me!

  • love these rules and i did something like this starting about 9 months ago. i only buy clothes that will last me through a few seasonsyears(hopefully)/ it’s made me work out what sort of items suit me best too.

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