Welp, between putting it in writing in this space and blabbing about it to others, there is some built-in accountability for this here clothing fast business. I showed up to a party on Thursday in a rarely-worn dress and Michelle gave me the side eye and said "Are you sure that isn't new?" My people are keeping me honest! (It was old, swear to God.) Mostly this is a breeze but every once in a while some objectively perfect dress creeps into my Pinterest feed and I click on it and then it invades my sidebar for days like a nasty rash. It is much easier for me to abstain from things than to do them in moderation so I feel "free from buying things" rather than restricted from buying things.
Some friends had a clothing swap at my prompting on Friday, so I was able to add a cobalt boatneck sweater from Loft with an asymmetrical zipper, a charcoal and black striped skirt from Gap, and a pair of all black hardly-worn saddle shoes to my wardrobe. And some of my ill-fitting or underappreciated clothing items got rehomed to friends. At the end of the evening, I loaded up everyone's unclaimed to-swap clothes and dropped them off at the thrift store. Even though I brought clothes home, it was not even close to the amount of clothes I permanently sent out of the house.
I have also been doing some thrifting under the guise of using clothing and sheets for quilting fabric, but I have bought a few items. I feel okay about this. I have a perfectly worn cobalt and black flannel (seeing a pattern?) now and a watercolor-y black and white polka dot blouse from the 80s that I will wear to work buttoned up all the way to my throat until around 10 a.m. when I realize that no trend, no matter how cute, is worth the sensation of near-strangulation all day.
Sadly, there's a whole shit-ton of non-clothing things to buy buy buy out there. I have been buying gorgeous quilting batiks, and some clothes for Nick (doesn't count!). I have also started my Christmas shopping because I am an incorrigible overachiever like that.
It will be interesting at the end of this to see if I do manage to save much money from not buying clothing. If anything, I think the benefit will be in my eagerness to savagely pare down my wardrobe and rebuild it with things not bought impulsively at an H&M just because my blood sugar was a bit low. A shift in behavior and approach to consuming is good for me, even if the amount of cash I save is not very impressive.