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“Style is very personal. It has nothing to do with fashion. Fashion is over quickly. Style is forever.” — Ralph Lauren Source
Do you ever feel like you are buying clothing, shoes and accessories so frequently and aimlessly that your closet is full of stuff but you still have nothing to wear? Buying with no sense of focus will yield sketchy results, you need to have a plan if you want to build a wardrobe that is wearable.
This leads me to explain the title of this post. Two years ago, I embarked on a “No Spend Challenge”, this was a horrible failure and I definitely crashed and burned. Last year, I discovered the “Project 333 Wardrobe Challenge”, which I loved and successfully completed. This year I thought of a new idea for a spending challenge (it is entirely likely that this has been thought of by someone else so I don’t claim it as my original idea) the object of this challenge is to practice: saving money, delayed gratification, quality over quantity and pride of ownership. I’ve read a few articles about the way women (and men) shop for their wardrobes in France, spending more money on less items of higher quality, saving up for the things they want and giving each purchase careful consideration before dropping the $$$. This mindset has always resonated with me, even though I never had the self-control to put it into practice. I’m determined to make this year different.
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In the past, I have been guilty (very guilty) of spending my money just for the sake of buying. I liked having something new, but I found that very quickly the novelty of that item (the high that came with the buy) wore off and I would have the urge to spend yet again. Another spending sin I have been known to commit is buying things only because they are on sale and therefore “a good deal”. Keep in mind that getting something one sale is not a bad thing at all, as long as it is an item you love and will use. In fact, paying full price for something on a whim (even though you may really love it) does not make good financial sense and is likely still an “impulse purchase”.
So if you can relate to the above in your own life and would enjoy starting 2018 with a new fashion/spending challenge here are the rules:
- Over the next 12 months you will give yourself the opportunity to buy something new each month, (clothing, shoes, jewellery, handbags, etc.).
- These can be needs or wants but must be quality, they can be on sale as long as you would be willing pay full price if the item were not discounted.
- You will give yourself a weekly “allowance” ($25-150 for example) which you are responsible for saving
- Throughout the month you can decide on the item you would like to buy
- You can choose to post an ongoing “wishlist” tracking the items you plan to buy
- If you don’t have enough for the item you want or don’t have an item for that month you can save it for the next month (or 2 or 3).
- Each item that you buy can be added to a progressive capsule wardrobe that you can create at the beginning of spring/summer and fall/winter.
- Use the tag #projectqualityoverquantity and follow/tag me @fashionmamaaquarius on IG so I can follow your progress and you can follow mine.
- Have fun with this challenge. It will likely be difficult if you are used to shopping weekly or daily but at the end of the year you will have up to 12 quality items added to your wardrobe that you love.
- And remember, “I like my money right where I can see it: hanging in my closet.” — Carrie Bradshaw Source
Thanks so much for reading! I am so excited to get started with this challenge and to follow your personal journeys as you embark on this challenge with me!