One of my goals for 2019 is to have less but better.
It goes for everything in life, but at the moment I’m focusing my attention on my wardrobe. I have been aiming for quality over quantity for a while now. But I have never really managed to do a proper clear-out. I’m a bit of a clothes-hoarder. But after reading “The art of tidying up” and deciding that 2019 is the year I clean house (or even clean life). I’m finally ready to let go. In February all items that I don’t love will go. No exceptions. I will finally make space for my dream wardrobe.
And after my big clear out I have given myself a little challenge for the rest of the year:
My problem has always been that I have fancied an item, decided it was too expensive and instead ended up buying 3 things that were almost as good. Ie I spent the same amount and actually never really loved what I got. So stupid when I think of it now!
So to make my wardrobe more sustainable and to make sure I won’t buy anything else that I will only get rid of I’m only allowed to buy one item of clothing a month for the rest of 2019.*
This will make me have to plan my purchases, think about and be completely sure of what I want to get. No more impulse, almost-right, and emotional shopping. I might even try to have decided on what I’m getting before the 1st of some months. Then I know it will be something I truly love and not another compromise.
I haven’t really got a specific budget, but I do know approximately how much I usually spend on clothes in a month. So I will aim for that amount or less and if I want to get something a bit more fancy, then I can “save up” a month or two first.
* The exception to the one item a month rule are things I have to get because I need them and not because I want them, like socks. It would feel a bit sad to blow my monthly buy on something boring like nex Spanx.
I actually kind of started in January. I did get two items, but to my defense, I only came up with the idea after I bought the first one. So I decided that it didn’t count. The first item was a £50 sale bargain from Asos and the other item was also discounted, a maxi dress I have been eyeing up for a while from Swedish designer Filippa K.
I went to try it on in the store when we were in Stockholm for New years. I love the dove grey shade, the floaty silhouette, the pretty sleeves and since it was 40% off it was a no-brainer.
This dress is a very good example of the kind of clothes I want to invest in; a timeless and classic shape in great quality from a nice brand and an item already know I will love. The perfect start of my one item a month challenge.
I have actually already worn it twice. To Lara’s baby shower this weekend and to a lovely breakfast at The Ivy Chelsea Garden with Kicki and Linnéa last week. You see – it’s already working!
Anyone fancy joining me in my “one item a month” challenge? I can show you mine if you show me yours? How about it?
Photo – Ida Zander