In 2010, around the time my blog content was slowly shifting from paralegal news to budget and secondhand career style, I became fascinated by the now defunct The Great American Apparel Diet, founded by Sally Bjornsen. In an effort to examine her own consumerism, habits, and motivations for shopping, she vowed to abstain from purchasing new clothing for a year, and invited other women to join her.
Yikes, the trends! Cobalt blues! Pattern mixing! A collarless jacket! Combat inspired boots!
Go big, or go home!
The Deets: Mossimo dress (Target in early 2013); Old Navy corduroy paisley jacket (Salvation Army);
BC Footwear Cub Ankle Boot (Amazon but returned due to too big);
Three plastic beaded necklaces jumbled together (Goodwill); Navy tights (unknown)
I have some of the same reasons as Bjornsen to give up shopping for a year. In her Redbook interview, she admitted she had a packed closet already, and that her need for better career clothing had been greatly decreased by working from home - even though she was still exercising her former buying habits. She also wanted to break away from a shopping habit she felt was dictated by our cultural mores: buying new clothes to feel good. I have enough insight into my own long-standing shopping habits of almost four decades to understand that new or new-to-me clothes make me feel better when I'm stressed.
I have to admit that part of my own motivation for imposing a shopping ban on clothes is purely practical and not actually founded in free choice. The reality is that I don't have a job. I do have one overly stuffed closet (with a few things sneaking into The Absent-Minded Professor's underused closet). And (jeez, I tell y'all everything) I actually have Goodwill purchases I. Haven't. Worn. Yet. (That makes me cringe, too.)
Next year, I'll be a middle-aged, broke college student, hopefully doing some clinicals for a medical career. My work wardrobe will be whatever uniform is dictated by my college and/or my employer.