How I had a ‘no buying’ year – and never went back to normal shopping again

Having Daisy as my #notnewyear buddy was invaluable, encouraging me and giving someone to spam with the inevitable “Stop Buying This” and “Does it look like I had a mixed sale covered in glue?” outfit pictures.

But even if you can’t get anyone to take up the challenge with you, it’s worth hiring a few close friends to keep you upright and tight. Let them know that their job is to prevent you from giving in to temptation, through tough love and gentle compliments.

This is important, because many of us feel bound by the social contract to do the exact opposite: shout “Buy it! Do it! You deserve it!” Like coxes races to capitalism, any time another woman paints sequins under our noses. A really good friend knows when to say no.

Do the following: unfollow, unsubscribe, and delete all digital solicitations

I recommend this step to everyone, even those who just want to cut back on expenses a bit and be able to look at their banking app in the eye at the end of the month.

You won’t realize how often you subconsciously get involved in shopping until after you’ve done a spring cleaning across all your platforms and devices. And it’s much easier to abstain when you’re not being stalked online with a dress that you once clicked, by mistake, into the toilet.

So start the no-buy year by officially unsubscribing from every brand mailing list (you’ll find discount codes if you really need them, I promise), delete shopping apps and unfollow or mute all those influencers who can’t go today without opening a box The latest piece of #gifted swag.

If your fingers are quivering and your feeds feel empty, replace them with slow fashion apps like Whering, Bandi, Save Your Wardrobe, and Nuw, and follow a few others who aren’t afraid to pair the same outfit twice.

Do the following: Sort

“Shop your wardrobe” may be an annoying phrase, but it’s a powerful concept. If the popular claim is true, that we only wear 20 percent of our wardrobes 80 percent of the time, it’s no wonder we get bored and start to think we need new clothes every month.

So don’t limit yourself to the same capsule group of “everything clean”. Instead, take the time to pull out all your clothes from the closet, drawers, suitcase in the loft and boxes under the bed, and check it all out. Carefully.

Rediscover the things you may have forgotten, wash and iron the wrinkled traces and enjoy designing new collections of items over the years. It’s amazing how many prints/colors/trims/hot collars of the season (or close enough) you can find lurking in the back of your wardrobe.

Don’t be afraid to repeat the outfit

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