I was talking shopping with the girl who was shaping my brows. We were chatting casually, as you do, in that artificial, intimate bubble. I told her about my year long no new clothes commitment. She thought I was slightly (admirably) nuts.
“I need new clothes,” she said immediately and then she paused “well, maybe I don’t but I’m bored with what I have.”
Ah, there is the crux of it really. One of the big issues with the no clothes commitment. Once the virtue of it all subsides, it is kind of boring.
I’ll admit that three months in and I’m feeling the itch of something new. Luckily I can somewhat scratch that by making a new top. It’s been under the sewing machine for a while now.
I am missing that thrill of finding something pretty and making it mine. Something that will add a bit of sparkle to a dulled wardrobe. I’ve been avoiding the shops in general just to keep away from the temptation.
My lofty ideal was to regard window shopping in the same vein as visiting an art gallery. Beautiful to look at but clearly not destined for my home. That might work if I visit only very expensive shops, but I’m sure the consultant (there are no sales assistants in those stores) would see through me in a moment. So I have been turning a blind eye to the very lovely new things in the Cue window and ignoring the sales rack of the little boutique that I pass on my way to work.
But I wonder if I will bend to the boredom. Whether I will buy, not because I need something, but because I feel tired of what I already own. The highly functional work clothing will start to feel bleh and meh and it may seep into how I am feeling. Or I will feel bleh and meh and look for the shopping remedy.
How will I keep the boredom at bay?
The self-imposed ban didn’t reach accessories and I have bought one new necklace. It is amazing how a beautiful accessory can lift a tired outfit. My necklace and earring collection is as overflowing as my wardrobe. There are also the usual suspects with broken clasps and missing beads. Which are a treasure trove just waiting to be re-used and re-inspire.
Find the hidden treasures
My wardrobe lives in various areas over the house. There is downstairs wardrobe, which holds the fancy frocks. Under the bed, plastic containers store clothes that aren’t in season or that I just couldn’t bear to part with. A good look through both will find some forgotten treasures that I can add back into rotation.
Clothes swaps are traditionally a way to breathe new life into clothes we no longer love (or can no longer fit into) by handing them permanently to someone else. But there is no reason a clothes swap can’t be a clothes loan. Swapping clothes with those who are similar size and style can open up a whole new world without hurting the environment or your wallet.
Wear clothes in different ways
There is no reason to limit a piece of clothing to how the designer intended it to be worn. I wear dresses as tops and skirts by combining them with other separates. I’ll play with wearing things back-to-front. You can be quite creative in finding new ways to wear old favourites. A top in the “special occasion” part of your wardrobe might do well as work wear with the addition of a jacket. I’ll avoid boredom by using all the clothes in my wardrobe.
Instagram style challenges are a wonderful way to look at your wardrobe through fresh eyes. When someone else challenges you to put together a certain look, it’s amazing what you can find. The outfits put together by others also offer fabulous inspiration.
Take care of your clothes
Tired clothes that have seen better days are definitely boring clothes, so keeping clothes in their best possible shape is important. Treating them with respect in washing, storage and wearing will lead to less wardrobe boredom. I’ll be blogging soon about how to keep your clothes beautiful.