- 3:29 pm - Sun, Apr 22, 2012
The cure to a shopping disorder! Or something like it.
I’ve ridden the crazy shoppaholic spiral: “I’m satisfied with my wardrobe now. Next day, I need a new shirt/pants/shorts/blah. Next next day, what have I done, I have so much clothes. Now, I’m satisfied with my wardrobe.” And then repeat.
I love fashion and clothes and I just realized I’ve been doing some major clothe-hoarding. After going through my closet, most of it I have worn probably only twice or even once.
I feel stupid and superficial for several reasons which I will outline for you now.
1) Clothes were made to be worn MORE THAN ONCE. The colors of textile, the details in the thread work and the effect of the flattering fit on your body should be seen, not hidden in a closet.
2) Sure there is a (frustrated) fashionista in me that just hates the thought of repeating an outfit. But since we’re being honest here, does anyone really notice if I repeat an outfit? I don’t even care if someone else repeats an outfit, how could I possibly think that other people would even remember what I’m wearing? The people I’ve surrounded myself with aren’t trained paparazzi or the Fashion Popo ready to slaughter my taste. So what am I so scared of that I have to keep buying new clothes?
3) Aha. I have deduced that my insecurities and the pressure of being trendy is causing this manic shopping. This is a thinking I have to get rid of. Or else, I’ll be tied to the shackles of materialism forever and I’ll never be content with myself.
4) Even more, wearing a piece of clothing once, is that really getting the value out of my money? No. And money is far more scarce than clothes are nowadays.
Ultimately, I am underusing my wardrobe and am being financially stupid. Plus, here I am going on about how I have nothing to wear. I’m so silly-willy. So allow me to share with you my remedy:
The gist is to use clothes I have first before buying any new ones. Simple? I’ve added more details to my contract with myself.
After wearing 5 different items, 5 times, I am free to buy WHATEVER 1 piece of clothing I want. No matter the cost. (Oh I have a separate resolution on buying things. Wait for it).
So there, I will be forced to make do with what I have (shouldn’t we all?) and I’ll have to be super creative with my outfits. And when I do achieve it, I still get to buy something as a reward. Seems win-win don’t cha think?