I recently went more than a year without buying a single item of clothing for myself. Not even a t-shirt. Not underwear. Socks? Nope.
I’ll admit it was a bit painful at first. That fabulous leather belt on clearance at J. Crew? I didn’t buy it – unless as a gift for someone else.
So why did I do it? To save money and to see if I could. I already owned a closetful of clothes, many of which I hardly ever wore. It became kind of a game to replicate an outfit I saw or get ready for a big event using only what I already owned.
I learned some interesting things that year. Rather than hoarding the clothes I had on hand, I actually recycled nearly 1/3 of my closet. I kept a list of essential items to buy once my self-imposed moratorium ended so I’d be less likely to go on a wild shopping binge. And most important, I realized that with just a few well-edited basics to choose from, I could feel fine in whatever I wore and focus on something else.