I DIDN’T BUY CLOTHES FOR A MONTH

At the beginning of January I embarked on a “frugal month challenge”. It meant no new clothes, no unnecessary purchases and Deliveroo app deleted from my phone. The aim was not so much to save money (although that was a nice byproduct of the challenge) but to get off a consumer merry-go-around. Na pocztaku stycznia podjelam sie wyzwania przezycia miesiaca w skromny sposob. Oznaczalo to zero nowych ciuchow, zaprzestanie bezsensownego kupowania i skasowanie aplikacji Deliveroo z mojego telefonu. Niekoniecznie chodzilo mi o zaoszczedzenie pieniedzy (chociaz bylo to bardzo przyjemnym skutkiem wyzwania) ale zejscie w wiecznie krecacej sie karuzeli konsumeryzmu.

It began to grate on me, that constant online chatter (thank you Iuliana for the expression :)) telling me to consume, to spend my hard earned cash buying into someone else’s idea of happiness. I was going to start making some grown up choices here!

How did I do? Well, actually, not so badly after all ( leggings and high tech jacket for running don’t really count, do they?) I came close to giving in around my birthday when I had a sudden vision of myself in vinyl pants (them again) and a white vintage fur I spotted in Rokit on Covent Garden. At the end I didn’t buy them, not because my willpower took over but because vinyl pants were sold out and the fur made me look like a gorilla.

I also stopped buying glossies save for UK Vogue. For months on end I was irritated with myself for buying stacks of Elle, Grazia, Porter and so on, and then complaining about too little written content and too many adds. It turned out, I didn’t miss them at all.

The same went for make up and other beauty products. I did go into Dior a couple of times (some of you probably saw it on my IG stories) but this was because I got some birthday vouchers from my team 🙂 I’ve been mostly using shea butter from Sun Potion in the evenings- the jar is so large it’s going to last me for for at least six months. I did feel like I wanted to try something new but I resisted the urge!

Coffees were next ones to go. I used to have one from our local cafe in the morning and often another one from Pret when I got to Fleet Street. Not only I’d spent £6 per day to feed my coffee addiction but I kept “producing” coffee cups. Even though I tried to reuse them, they would eventually end up in a bin.

I’ve got to admit that not buying clothes was the hardest part. I love clothes and they are super important to me so no way I could do “I didn’t buy clothes for a years and this is what’s happened” challenge. But I did curb my lunchtime Zara addiction and mindless browsing on The Outnet.

I think a real outcome of this challenge for me was a mindfulness of sorts.  I started to think about what I really needed as oppose of what I wanted to have just because I’ve just read a blog post or saw a photo on Instagram. I started to think about how much waste I was producing. Also, I started to question value of many things, something I’ve never done before. Was this item really worth that much? Was it worth that much to me? Or was I, a consumer, being taken for a ride?

So I’m glad I did the challenge. I’ll carry on with it but perhaps install a light version of the program hen it comes to clothes 🙂 But I like how content and free it made me feel.

I didn't buy clothes for a month

I didn't buy clothes for a month

I didn't buy clothes for a month

I didn't buy cloths for a month

I didn't buy clothes for a month

PL

Zaczal mnie denerwowac wieczny szum w sieci, ktory namawial do coraz bardziej lapczywego spozywania, do wydawania gotowki po to, aby zrealizowac czyjes marzenia o szczesciu. Postanowilam wiec zaczac podejmowac bardziej swiadome decyzje.

Jak poszlo wyzwanie? Nie tak znowu zle 🙂 (ale legginsy i hi tech kurtka do biegania sie nie licza, ok?) Musze przyznac, ze raz prawie sie zlamalam, kiedy okolo moich urodzin mialam nagle wizje siebie odziana w spodnie PVC (znowu one) i biale futreko vintage z Rokit na Covent Garden. Niestety, to nie moja sila wola zadecydowala, ze w koncu nic nie kupilam ale fakt, ze spodnie byly wyprzedane a w futerku wygladalam jak goryl.

Przestalam tez kupowac magazyny oprocz brytyjskiego Vogue. Calymi miesiacami denerwowalam sie na siebie, ze kupuje Elle, Grazie czy Porter, i ze same w nich reklamy i prawie nic do czytania. Po miesiacu moge stwierdzic, ze wcale za nimi nie tesknie.

Ten sam los spotkal kosmetyki kolorowe i kosmetyki w ogole. No dobrze, bylam kilka raz u Diora (niektore z Was pewnie widzialy moje IG stories) ale to tylko dlatego, ze od mojego zespolu dostalam bony na urodziny 🙂 Od jakiegos czasu uzywam glownie masla shea z firmy Sun Potion. Sloik jest naprawde duzy i pewnie wystarczy mi na jakies 6 miesiecy.  Mimo, ze kusilo mnie aby sprobowac czegos nowego, postanowilam nie dac sie oczarowac.

Nastepnie na odstrzal poszla kawa kupowanie na miescie. Wczesniej czesto kupowalam kubek rano w lokalnej kafejce a potem jeszcze jedna w Pret na Fleet Street. Nie tylko wydawalam na kawe prawie £6 dziennie ale tez “produkowalam” cala mase jednorazwych kubkow. Wprawdzie staralam sie je uzywac wiecej niz raz ale w sumie i tak ladowaly potem w koszu.

Musze przyznac, ze nie kupowanie ciuchow bylo najtrudniejsza czescia wyzwania. Kocham ciuchy i sa dla mnie ogromnie wazne wiec nie ma mowy abym podjela sie “nie kupilam nic do ubrania przez rok i oto co sie stalo” wyzwania. Ale za to udalo mi sie pokonac nalog wpadania do Zary podczas lunchu czy bezmyslnego spedzania godzin na The Outnet.

Mysle, ze najwazniejszym rezultatem tego wyzwania byla rozwaga z jaka zaczelam pdchodzic do wielu kwesti. Zaczelam myslec czy dana rzecz jest mi faktycznie potrzebna czy po prostu chce ja miec bo wlasnie o niej przeczytalam na jakims blogu lub zobaczylam zdjecie na Instagramie. Zaczelam tez sie zastanawiac nad iloscia smieci, ktore produkuje oraz o tym czy dana rzecz faktycznie jest tyle warta czy tez jako konsumer jestem wpuszczana w maliny?

Ogromnie sie ciesze, ze podjelam sie wyzwania i zamierzam kontynuowac, moze tylko w wersji “light” jesli chodzi o ciuchy 🙂

I’m wearing: 

Coat -Jadzia Doroba 

Jacket- Zara 

Shirt- vintage 

Trousers- Emerson Fry 

Bag- Celine

Sunglasses- Na-Kd

Shoes-Gucci

2 Responses to I DIDN’T BUY CLOTHES FOR A MONTH

  1. Anaëlle says:

    I really love your style

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