So what does it mean to me? I’ve always loved getting dressed, buy new clothes but mainly, sew to my own size and needs. Each piece I used to buy was chosen with care, with love. And if I ever bought anything, I kept it for long time. I thought through where and when I can wear it, how this new piece would fit with other I already own. I’ve never been a crazy shopper. And slowly but surly I moved from buying new to buying second hand mostly from charity shops, in order to help the environment, help charities and save money.
My cloth shopping story took a new turn when we decided to build a new wardrobe in our bedroom, a two storey one, the top for my hubby who’s tall enough to reach it and the bottom was for me. I had fit all my clothes there… with no success. So I’ve decided not to buy any more clothes or accessories for a whole year.
This habit got so deep that I just don’t buy now anything at all! Unless of course I need to replace the broken or outworn item. I barely buy anything new now, if I need something, I go to a charity shop or I just sew something nice for me, I upcycle or repair a lot.
Of course, during the last years, my body has changed (have to admit, I put on weight). But instead of buying new and bigger clothes, I’ve made the chose of loosing weight and eat healthier so that I have a load of (old) new clothes I used to wear years ago.
If I get bored of something, I just turn this item into something new: decorate with embroidery, cut, resew or at last: I donate to charity shops or for those in need.
I’m extremely happy with my wardrobe now: I love each piece and now, I’m not anymore after new clothing only if I need to.
I truly recommend you this way of getting dressed and you will discover the comfort and the good feeling of helping environment and being creative.