Life By Kristen

Go, and embrace your liberty. And see what wonderful things come of it. – Little Women

Clothes Addict

HI. My name is Kristen and I’ve got a bit of a clothes issue.

I’m in the thick of the no spend challenge and I clearly needed to do this by the anxiety ( or excitement?) I feel by seeing so many of my favorite retailers with 50% off sales for summer clearance items. It’s tough to close the window, delete the email, etc. And the fact that I just said that means I clearly have a consumption/clothes shopping/buying things just because they’re on sale issue.  Online shopping is the BEST ( and the worst) invention ever.

Part of it is that I love clothes/fashion.  In fact, a good portion of my job deals with a world-class clothing collection so maybe that’s feeding my addiction a bit too. I can’t tell you how many times ( and how many dollars) over the years that I used shopping as my way to fight boredom, purchasing endless items ‘just because’- Target, TJ Maxx/Marshalls, and Kohl’s are my drugs of choice. Either they were inexpensive or I just wanted something new instead of actually having a need for it. And of course, I can’t tell you many things I’ve sold on ebay, brought to the consignment shop, or given to friends that STILL HAVE TAGS ON IT. So frustrating and obviously a lesson I can’t quite learn.

The other part is  discipline. Part of me thinks, “Well, I went to the store to buy underwear that I desperately needed, and since I’m here, I might as well see what’s on clearance.” And then I make rules with myself– nothing over $20, for example. But it’s a slippery slope and then I find myself buying another dress for work or a wedding in the future ( that I probably already have 3 options for). For the longest time, I worried about repeating outfits, even going so far as making a list of what I wore to big work events so I wouldn’t repeat ( what did I think I was The Queen?). Seriously, people don’t care or notice most of the time if you wore the same black dress twice in one year.

I’ve thought SO MANY times about trying to be more minimal with wardrobe and have considered Project 333 so many times. And while I’m trying to be VERY conscious of what I buy now and bring into the house ( one in, one out policy definitely in effect), somehow I can’t get myself to look through my 20 something tank tops and make the cut. This season I am trying to get a handle on what I’m wearing and what I’m not by hanging clothes on the hanger facing towards me; once I wear it, the item of clothing on the hanger goes back on facing inward. This way I can see what I am and am not wearing- I’m trying when I get dressed to look for the outward facing hangers more too. When I change my clothes over in the fall, the goal is to donate the unworn clothes to a deserving person or charity. Keyword there is GOAL.

I’m noticing already the things I don’t wear or that I have categories of clothes that have only one or two purposes, which is definitely a sign of my previous frivolous shopping habits. I don’t go out enough anymore to justify cute, sparkly tops for Saturday nights, for example. I try to buy work clothes that are multi-season or casual tops that I can dress up on the weekends. Needless to say, I’m working on this clothes thing because I much rather live with no debt than with another cowlneck top.

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3 thoughts on “Clothes Addict

  1. I hear you on this, somewhat. My problem is that I tend to buy a lot of basics/casuals. I have a ton of tank tops and often nothing else to wear in the office or for more formal
    occasions besides a few dresses. I just cleaned out my closet somewhat last weekend but kept putting clothes back that only have a purpose occasionally. It’s hard to give stuff up that you kinda like but almost never wear.
    I love your goals.

  2. Hey! Just found your blog. I love it! I am a complete clothes addict. The one in one out policy is slowly but surely falling into my life. I have so many clothes it’s crazy. In the past year I think I’ve bought about 3 things for full price, (still probably used a coupon!) I love clearance & sales. I constantly am buying everything on sale (Especially during Victoria Secret, Yankee Candle, Bath & Body Works semi-annual sales!) I am a dress fanatic. I have so many party dresses, but I don’t ever have parties to go to, so lame! But my new thing is summer dresses, but I’ve had terrible luck finding any that fit right & are appropriate for work. Any suggestions!? Can’t wait to read more on your blog! Check out mine too 🙂

    • KrissyCos on said:

      I’m a huge fan of wrap, faux wrap, and sheath dresses for work. With it being July, you will probably get lucky with the sale/clearance racks at JCPenny, Kohl’s, Ann Taylor Loft, etc. Happy hunting 🙂

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