I TOOK A 2 MONTH SHOPPING HIATUS; HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED

MY MAIN RESOLUTION FOR 2017 WAS TO USE WHAT I HAD IN MY CLOSET AND NOT GO OUT AND BUY SOMETHING NEW JUST BECAUSE I FELT LIKE I HAD NOTHING TO WEAR. SO FOR THE FIRST TWO MONTHS OF THE YEAR I DID NOT SHOP. YES, YOU HEARD ME. NO SHOPPING. I WENT TWO MONTHS WITHOUT BUYING SOMETHING "NEW" AND GUESS WHAT, I SURVIVED. NOW I MUST ADMIT I DID BUY ONE NEW THING, A VAN CORTLANDT SINGLET FROM TRACKSMITH I FEARED WOULD BE SOLD OUT IF I DID NOT BUY IT RIGHT WHEN THEY RE-STOCKED. BUT IT WAS $60 AND IN THE BIG SCHEME OF THINGS, IF I ONLY SPENT $60 ON CLOTHING FOR TWO WHOLE MONTHS, THAT'S A MAJOR FEAT. IN DOING THIS EXERCISE I LEARNED A FEW THINGS AND PROVED TO MYSELF THAT I CAN CONTROL MY SPENDING AND STILL BE STYLISH WHILE I SAVE.

1. LIFE WILL GO ON IF YOU DON'T BUY THE NEWEST OF THE NEW

I'M CONSTANTLY EMERGED IN THE MARKET, LOOKING TO SEE WHAT'S THE LATEST OF LATE. IN DOING THIS, MY WISH LIST STAYS PACKED WITH CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES I FEEL I NEED TO HAVE. BUT WITH FORCING MYSELF TO TAKE A SECOND LOOK AT MY OWN CLOSET, I'VE FOUND THAT I COULD SUBSTITUTE THAT NEW SHIRT WITH SOMETHING SIMILAR ALREADY EXISTING IN MY WARDROBE AND LIFE WOULD INDEED GO ON.

2. SAVE, SAVE, SAVE

I DON'T KNOW THE EXACT AMOUNT OF MONEY I SAVED DURING THESE TWO MONTHS, HOWEVER, I DO KNOW I WAS ABLE TO PUT MORE MONEY TOWARDS CREDIT CARD BILL EACH MONTH. IT'S OBVIOUS THAT BY NOT SPENDING HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS ON ONE THING, IT ALLOWS YOU TO SPEND HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS ON OTHER THINGS. LIKE ADULT THINGS. 

3. GET MORE CREATIVE

IN EXERCISING THIS SHOPPING BAN, I WAS FORCED TO USE WHAT I HAVE. THIS GOT ME THINKING MORE CREATIVELY WHEN PICKING OUT OUTFITS AND GETTING DRESSED EVERYDAY. IT BECAME SOMEWHAT OF A GAME AND EACH DAY I STYLED A NEW LOOK, I FELT RATHER ACCOMPLISHED. PLUS, IT REALLY MADE ME HAVE FUN WITH FASHION AND NOT TAKE GETTING DRESSED IN THE MORNING SO SERIOUSLY. 

4. MORE SELECTIVE OF FUTURE PURCHASES

NOW THAT I'M LOOKING TO BUY SOME NEW THINGS, I'VE FOUND MYSELF MORE SELECTIVE THAN EVER. I'VE REALIZED THE IMPORTANCE OF SAVING MONEY AND NOT SPENDING ALL EXCESS FUNDS ON CLOTHING. I'VE STARTED TO LOOK AT EACH PURCHASE AS A BIT OF AN INVESTMENT. WILL I WEAR THIS MORE THAN ONE TIME? CAN I RE-STYLE THIS IS DIFFERENT WAYS? IF THE ANSWER TO THOSE QUESTIONS IS YES, THEN I'LL GO AHEAD AND TREAT MYSELF. 

I CHALLENGE YOU TO GIVE IT A TRY. SHARE YOUR OUTFITS/INSPO ON SOCIAL AND BE SURE TO USE THE HASHTAG #REUSEWHATYOUHAVE.