I’ve been on a self-imposed clothing shopping ban since March. I’ve done relatively well, for my standards, especially considering my recent realization that I spent $5,000 on clothes in 2008. During the past few months, I’ve bought four items – a vintage shirt for $15, a vintage skirt for $40, and a pair of jeans and scarf for $95. Until fairly recently, I would buy whatever I came across and really liked, so this is a big improvement for me.
The ban is coming to a temporary end, however. It’s my birthday next week, which means I’ll get some money from both sets of parents and my grandparents. My sister and I haven’t received real gifts in a long time, and I like it this way. Sometimes it feels like so much effort to think of multiple things I really want so that my parents can get me actual presents. Giving/receiving money is just easy. I know, probably a little lazy too. I’m okay with that.
I’ll receive around $500. I don’t plan on spending all of it on clothes, however I do need some summer items, including work appropriate shorts, brightly coloured or patterned shirts, and sandals/flats. I’m going out with my friends on Friday for my birthday, and we don’t do gifts anymore, so I’ll use a bit to pay for my meal. My plan is to spend around $400 and save the rest.
I’ve been going in and out of stores this week, scoping stuff out, trying it on, etc. I’m so used to not buying stuff, it’s really hard to part with my money now. I thought it would be fun and easy to find some new items. That hasn’t been the case thus far. Some stuff is just too damn expensive, like this $120 amazing blue striped skirt from Charlie on Queen West, or anything in Robber. Other items don’t fit right, such as the dress I tried on that only looked good with a belt. I refuse to spend $100 on a dress that only looks good if I add an accessory. That seems counterproductive.
I did buy some shorts and a shirt from Banana Republic tonight. I’m not sold on the shirt – it looked a little funny tucked into the shorts I had on – but I’m waiting for my sister to arrive on Friday and she’ll be able to advise me accordingly. She’s the one with (most of) the fashion sense.
How did you feel buying things after a lapse in spending? Did you find it easier or more difficult to give up your money?