Every time someone asks how much longer I have on my journey, the follow up response is "WOW! You must be SO EXCITED to shop!"
Ding ding ding!
I sure am. I can't wait! I have really thought a lot about my style and pieces I'd love to own. For me, shopping will no longer be about trotting to Forever 21 and spending $100 on crap.
If I've learned anything through this year, it is that I have a CLOSET FULL OF CRAP. Useless clothes that I would never wear- and I now know I'd never wear them because I've gone 9 months without new clothes, and these things are STILL on the same hanger they were when this started.
I almost feel bad for these clothes, because in all honesty about 50% of them have genuinely not been touched in 9 MONTHS. What a waste! That is money that could have been saved for a vacation, and in all reality... if I piled it all together, I could have a Chanel on my arm and a LOT nicer shoes in the closet.
What I am most excited for is not just shopping- but "the hunt." I want to leave my house on a mission and spend the afternoon in thrift stores and vintage shops searching for the perfect fitted jacket or sequined designer clutch. I want to know what I am looking for instead of wandering aimlessly through discount stores and shoe sales. It is no longer about buying it just because.
I have realized fashion is much more about your own personal style and pieces to fit that style, not a $12 dress that "would be great if I ever went on a cruise," or a $4 shirt that, well, was only $4 so why WOULDN'T you buy it? (Thank you, Old Navy) (You all know you own at least 5 things from the Old Navy sale rack)
I have spent the year contemplating what I want my style to be, pieces that I wish I had, and looks I wish I could create but don't have what I need in my closet to do so. That has been the hardest part. I have spent so much money on these $4 shirts and $19 dollar shoes and they are just sitting there. If I had put more thought into my clothing before I went a year cold turkey, I would have a LOT chic-er outfits on a daily basis.
So to answer every question about "what I've learned" through this year, and what I plan to do when it is over:
-YES, I have saved money- a lot of it. But, that has not been the biggest lesson for me. I've always been thrifty and so for me, this wasn't about the money.
-YES, I am going to shop the second that I can. I fully intend on having a full shopping cart on Piperlime.com and hitting order when the clock changes to midnight.
-NO, I am NOT going to "go crazy." I am going to have a few, very well thought out, items of clothing that I want. A few shoes, a new bag, and a lot of pieces I will actually wear.
This year was the most beneficial thing I've ever done, because I no longer will waste my money and time purchasing things I don't actually like. Perhaps it is a Boise thing- we zip on over the the Towne Square Mall and grab a few things for the weekend, or buy things that "maybe" we will wear if we have a birthday party to attend or a presentation at work. We all sort of dress alike and base what we want to wear on our one or two REALLY stylish friends. I have spent so much time trying to copy them instead of expanding my OWN style. Because of this, I am not happy with my clothes because they aren't ME. I think my friends all look great, but because they stick to what they want. I have always felt like I am not very stylish or a fashionista because I am dressing how I think others want me to, not how I want to. So YES, I AM excited to shop. I am REALLY excited to shop, but only because I finally know what I want.
Come April 1, I am going to donate a LOT of my clothes to Goodwill and my shopping trips will no longer be "retail therapy," but a mission to get what I truly want to own. Shopping will now be a TRUE love, way more than before... and I will always love what I wear. I have learned a lot about myself and fashion, and believe me... I CANNOT wait for April 1.
So... come April 1... this blog will STILL exist. However, it won't be about NOT shopping. It will be all about fashion, style, and life. I am really excited to continue with my blog and continue writing things everyone will enjoy reading. If you have any ideas for the path this blog should take, leave it in the comments. And thank you EVERYONE who has made it through these 9 months.
If you think about it... that is the time for a baby to be born. That is gross (I mean, not super gross to all my mom friends, but kind of gross)... but a suitable metaphor. This blog is just now being born and heading in a GREAT direction :-)