bySonu BohraAug 07, 2015 #FbTips 7 Likes
A self-inflicted shopping ban for 2 months was more enlightening than imagined. Here are some lesson I learnt in the process
No shopping means you’re forced to work with what you’ve already got - but you can still have fun with your wardrobe! Experiment with your clothes and repurpose them. Wear your LBD as a blouse and pair it with your favourite pencil skirt to work, or reuse that crisp white shirt as a thin layer over billowy maxi dresses. The magazines and websites may tempt you to buy the ‘Top Summer Picks’; instead of giving in to the temptation, mix and match what you already have to get that seasonal look.
The ban helped me with a lot of clarity and gave me perspective with the things I actually wear regularly and genuinely like wearing. From comfy linens to chic printed tunics to statements necklaces with a pop of colour – certain items were on frequent rotation amongst my daily outfits. So, instead of shopping for things on a whim, I now understand what I need to buy and focus on those.
This two-month experiment made me more aware of all the clothes I’ve barely worn/ never worn. Most women are infamous for buying and hoarding their picks. I made a (long) list of clothes and accessories I’ve never worn and made a conscious effort to get good use out them. Whenever I did a spot of outfit-brainstorming, I went through my closet and added to the list any items that are underutilized. This was a great way to trick myself into feeling like I’m wearing ‘new’ clothes.
To go through two months without my favourite pastime meant I had to give myself an incentive: save for a holiday or that one splurge buy. I just wanted to challenge myself and see if I actually had the self-control to go through with this. If I can’t control my money, I feel powerless, frustrated, and rebellious. This made me respect my money a lot more.
Every time I felt the itch to spend, I understood it was an emotional urge. Ask yourself if you’re also feeling hungry, angry, anxious, lonely, tired or bored. All of those emotions are triggers for addictive behavior and sometimes just identifying what you’re truly feeling can help you dampen the urge. Instead involve yourself in a productive hobby. Consider joining the gym or enroll yourself in a dance class. This was especially helpful for me.
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