I know I’m not alone in using the new year as an instigator for new challenges and changes in life. It’s just one of those moments that sets us on edge to encourage us to implement some of the changes we deep down already wanted to make right?
2019 is no different, I have things I want to do and if I am honest, things I have wanted to do for a long time so this year I am pulling my finger out and working down my list.
My first change that people will be able to follow me undertaking is #NoNewClothes2019. It is what it says on the tin, I will be purchasing no new clothes for the whole of 2019. I can of course purchase 2nd hand, borrow and exchange clothes with friends.
2018 saw me go into a charity shop to buy clothes for myself for the first time ever! I was inspired by @StyleTheMother over on Instagram (co-creator of the popular hashtag #choosereused ) and I was beyond pleased with the gems I have found. It got me pondering if I could do this long term and I am pretty certain I blooming well can.
A lot of people would take on this challenge with the idea of saving money but my main drive is to reduce my eco foot print when it comes to clothes. If you haven’t watched the Stacey Dooley documentary on fast fashion then I completely recommend you give it a watch sometime. It will change the way you look at the fashion industry and perhaps inspire you to reduce the amount of shopping you do for fast fashion. I hope it inspires you to shop smarter, shop for better quality and make the most of using what is in your wardrobe. It should still be on BBC online, you can also check out this article on how too much poor quality fast fashion is being donated to charity shops and due to the low quality is unable to be sold. That isn’t to say you would find Primark clothes in charity shops or ebay, you will, but think of the amount going to landfill!
So far I really haven’t ventured far for second hand clothes. I’ve checked a few of my local charity shops and bought the odd item that’s caught my eye. It’s a change to how I normally shop. I’ve never been a huge consumer of fast fashion as a general rule, however I buy clothes when I NEED them and when I say need, I mean I probably need them right now or in the next day or two so I impulse buy stuff I don’t love but that “will do”. This new way of shopping has a much different pace. It means I go into the charity shops in town once every week or two and just browse. If I love something I buy it because I can’t exactly go home to think about it and call back (although saying that, I did actually not buy a jacket and regretted it. I was over the moon when I went back the next week and it was still there and I was able to buy it). That’s not to say I’m buying lots of stuff, I’m not but the stuff I am buying I genuinely am loving and using often.
It’s brought a change to my attitude of clothes. I would normally hold onto clothes for many years “just in case”. In case I lose weight, in case I put weight on, in case I need a nice dress, in case it comes back into fashion etc. You get me right? Lots of us have this same mentality of keeping things just in case. I’ve now started to think it makes more sense to let go. It makes me feel less burdened by the amount of stuff in my house, the lack of space in my wardrobe and the guilt of these items going unloved and unused for so long. It also gives me opportunity to keep items for my wardrobe that I fully love.
I am pleased to say I am not alone on my journey. After posting my desire to undertake this challenge the beautiful @Ethical.Annie said she would like to join me and I reckon together we will smash this and hopefully drag a few of you along on the journey with us. While I will post updates on my challenge here, you are more likely to see regular updates on my story mode over on @cruelty_free_emmy so please head over and give me a follow and feel free to join us by using the #NoNewClothes2019 . Here’s to a year of wearing clothes I love without it costing the earth… literally!