Can you believe it is 2017 already? Well, it’s been for almost a month but I have been in hiding. Hey! Last year was a bit of a rough one that we still may not recover from entirely but it has lit a fire under me. I’ll discuss more on the changes in work, life, and all of that soon but I wanted to dive straight into the fun stuff. Last year, I had a quality of quantity wardrobe challenge. I wasn’t allowed to buy more than 3 items per season. That started off easy enough but by the end of the year, it really was such a challenge. I almost gave up but I didn’t. But a lot of you liked the idea of thinking your purchases more thoroughly and what I learned is that I need less that what I have and re-ignited some of my creativity. I’ll be bringing that thought process with me into the new year. It shaped the way I shop now (and I shop less). However, I wanted to bring a new challenge into the new year. I’m going green, sort of. In college, on the tightest budget ever, my best pieces came from thrift and consignment stores as did my ‘maternity’ wardrobe during my first pregnancy. Why not now when we truly need it most? No matter what side of the political spectrum you fall on, our government hasn’t done much to treat our environment with much respect and most likely won’t going forward either but the truth is, neither have we. And while it takes more than one person to affect change, I’d like to take a lot of my waste out of the equation. So here are the rules of this year’s wardrobe challenge.
All of my wardrobe must come from:
consignment, thrift stores, or garage sales.
Made from natural and ethically sources materials.
Shopped local, whether in my city or wherever I travel to.
If I want a ‘trendy piece’ it must be upcycled from something I already own or thrift (more on this soon).
My undergarments. I am more than okay buying new here. More than okay. More. Than. Okay.
My shoes. While I might not buy a lot of shoes anymore (who am I?), when I do, I’ll buy new but better quality.
Collaborations. At times, my favorite brands will reach out in an effort to collaborate with me on a project however, I’ll do a better job on selecting my collaborations and I want to make sure it is something that makes sense in my life and not just collaborating for the sake of collaborations.
With that said, who is in the mood to join me on this challenge?
Photo by Brissa