Find Out What Gems I’m Finding While Shopping My Closet Instead
I’m embarking on fashion spending freeze challenge called No Buy July. While I might not be ready to become a full out fashion minimalist, I’m feeling good about shopping my closet and finding forgotten fashion gems like my favorite fancy pants and I have a little extra moola put in my pockets.
Want to know how I’m jumping on board this challenge and what I’m gaining from it? Keep reading.
I’m Purging More Than Clothes
If you follow me on social media, you might have seen an Instagram story with me in near tears during a recent closet purge. It was more of an emotional purge and it wasn’t because I was getting rid of stuff, but because of the overwhelm of accumulating so much in the first place.
I’ve come to realize that progress is messy and there’s a ton of work both physical and emotional that go into releasing our hold on THINGS. Along with the big mess one makes when reorganizing, it was the perfect storm to send me on a quest for less-is-more wardrobe inspiration.
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The Inspiration Behind No Buy July
I came across a capsule wardrobe pin on Pinterest which led me to an article that included the idea of a No Buy July challenge. It’s always easier to embark on a challenge when other people are doing it also, so I hopped on the living-with-less bandwagon to buy no clothing, shoes or accessories for the entire month of July. Eeks!
My shopping had gotten out of hand. Kind of like a sickness. It wasn’t always like that but I can tell you the exact moment it started and why it escalated.
When Shopping Becomes A Drug
Ten years ago or so I experienced an emotional breakdown over a situation with one of my adult sons. Peeps, being a parent never gets easier. It may not have been a big deal to other people but a personal decision he made sent me into a week of screaming, sobbing, waking up crying, and not being able to answer phone calls or leave my house. After the week, I was enticed out to have lunch with my other son during which he did his best to soothe me but he kept saying, “it’s not about you Mom”. (It’s not his fault, he’s a man.) 😉
He was right and his intentions were loving but I felt like everyone was against me. So, what’s a mom to do? Get up and head to Marshalls, that’s what! I bought anything I wanted and it felt great! The feel-good hormones from that purchase were like a drug that numbed all. the. things. for a minute.
And that’s how it started!
Keeping Up With the Cyber-Jones’s
Then three years ago I started blogging. This space wasn’t originally intended to be solely a fashion blog, although a great outfit can make you feel wonderful. But you guys LOVE fashion and I want to create a space for the fluffy girl who likes fashion too. However, I fell into the trap of always having to have something new to photograph and blog about.
Too Much Shopping Leads To An Unwanted Career
And there you have it. That’s how I ended up bawling in my overstuffed closet and running what felt like a shipping and receiving center out of my guest room. I’ve decided that managing clothes sucks all the joy out of getting dressed for me.
It’s not been easy, but for now, I’m having fun shopping in my closet. Not having an embarrassing amount of boxes arrive at my door on the reg is pretty nice too.
Don’t worry, you will still find fashion inspiration here as I shop my closet for clothes that fit and flatter a curvy body. I want to encourage you to dig into your wardrobe and find those most loved items and create multiple outfits with fewer pieces too.
What I Might Gain By Shopping My Closet
I’ve already been tempted to succumb to the marketing machine. And I don’t know why I chose the month of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, Amazon Prime Day and Target’s Deal Days to do this No Buy July thang. But even though it’s a challenge, so far, I’m not shopping has felt liberating and quite literally like a vacation.
I guess I’m like Bob, in What About Bob – I’m taking a vacation from my (shopping) problems.
If I can make it through this month of fashion deals without purchasing anything, I may continue the shopping hiatus through August. Whenever I do start shopping again, I plan to be more strategic about what I buy.
For instance, based on my love of this white blazer, when I do start shopping again I’ll be looking for a classic black blazer to add to my fall/winter wardrobe. And I’ve found I need at least one more fitted tank top to go with this type of wide-leg pants.
Finding Fashion Gems and Fancy Pants Buried In My Closet
But let’s not get too far ahead of the season, because it’s blazing hot here right now and I’m finding fashion goodness right in my own closet. These fancy pants I scored at Target a couple of years ago are a perfect example.
The high waisted cropped palazzo pants are made of silky fabric, they fit well and can be dressed up or down as I did here with a Madewell Whisper Cotton Tank and a beloved pair of comfortable FitFlops.
But, most importantly I feel good wearing them!!!
Where I’d Wear This
I’d wear this ANYWHERE. I actually ran errands and got groceries in them. They are a wonderful, cool alternative to shorts.
What I’d Change
I have worn these with a pair of pointed-toe flats, also from Target and an off-the-shoulder top (to visit someone in the hospital). Tuck in a denim shirt or wear a pretty blouse or fitted tank top and add a pair of wedge espadrilles and you’ve got a date night, church or brunch covered.
Find more of my style and body measurements for size reference here.
Do You Need a Vacation from Shopping?
Whether you’re already participating in No Buy July or not, try slowing your roll on fashion purchases and get ruthless about the fit of your clothes until you have only the pieces you absolutely love in your closet. Know exactly how you want to feel in your clothes. These are the types of pieces I want to inspire you to find and keep in your closet whether they are new or not.
Be cute, comfortable and confident!
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I don’t think I’m totally ready for a minimalistic closet yet, but I’m quite ready for fewer pieces. I’ll be sharing some of my closet organizing ideas in an upcoming post including an idea for a “perpetual closet cleanout”.
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