The last two months I had done an experiment/challenge with myself. I did not want to purchase any new clothing or other things unnecessary. A “shop-stop”. This challenge idea started when I realized my wardrobe was quite full. My wardrobe grew in the last 4 years due to keeping the same size and caring for my clothing well. I came to the conclusion that I had all items I desired to have for a quite complete wardrobe. Next to having a quite complete wardrobe I was interested too see whether I was able to do a “shop-stop” at all.
Disclaimer: I did receive some pr packages and bought necessities (in my case underwear and a new phone). I also bought presents for others when needed.
.My shopping background.
Let’s start with a statement: I love fashion. Not just to have but also to admire, make and feel. I get inspired by everything I see around me, which follow in new designs for (hopefully) my future label. I never went shopping and bought an extreme amount of items. Usually I bought one to three items and rarely much more.
During my daily life I have to withstand a lot of tension for shopping. I work at a fashion store, with amazing items, and the algorithm knows me. Almost every advertisement I get to see is about fashion.
I also make fashion myself for which I have to buy fabric for example. The last two months I didn’t buy fabrics too and worked with what I already had at home.
.But I did it. I had a “shop-stop”.
Except for underwear and a new phone (since their previous ones broke) I didn’t bought anything new. And I have to say, me and my bankaccount are very proud of that. It was even so that I was able to admire items without the feeling of buying it.
I want to make two side-notes for why I think my shop-stop worked so well. One, I already felt like I didn’t need anything more than I already owned. Second, the last two months of the year are already quite times of gifting and receiving. But still, I received almost only necessary items (kitchen-ware, informative books, and things like that).
The funny thing is, I didn’t really miss it. And therefore I want to take this shop-stop a bit further. I want to progress the stop and take it with me into the new-year. And if I want to buy something new, I want to see if there is anything sustainable (quality, single fiber, ethicality, recycled) to it or if there is a sustainable look-a-like.
.Can you do it too?.
I really believe you can if you actually want it to. Even a friend of mine accepted the same challenge. Even though she is a quite wild shopper. I think that with the right mind-set and your own reason for doing it (withstanding temptation, saving money, doing something sustainable, etc) you can do it!
Feel free to comment below or send me a message on my socials if you are going to do a shop-stop too!