Yes, you read that right. I am not going to buy anything for a year. This (somewhat) drastic decision is the result of my taking the time last week to reorganize my wardrobe. I’ve finally come back to a size that is somewhat close to what I was pre-pregnancy, so most of my clothes fit me again. It was only when I reorganized my wardrobe, however, did I realize the enormity of the amount of crap that I had accumulated over the years. I know I talk a lot about sustainability and how humans are awful, but it turned out that I was a shitty human myself for purchasing what I did from the brands I did.
No Clothes, No Shoes, No Bags, No Makeup For A Year
So here’s the deal. Starting today, I’m not going to buy any clothes, any makeup or any shoes or bags for a year. I am, however, going to give myself three exceptions to the clothes rule – I will end up getting myself something for Pongal, my birthday and Deepavali, but I’ll ensure that it is only one piece of clothing, like a saree or a salwar suit, a dress or a top. Jeans are strictly off the table! I won’t be buying makeup and shoes either unless something needs to be replaced.
Essentials and Stuff That I Can Buy
So I will buy soap, shampoo, and skin care stuff as and when they get over. I have completely shifted to bar soaps (far less waste) this year and I am looking to transition to shampoo bars as well. If you have a recommendation, do let me know! I have a pretty basic skin care routine (you can read about it, here!) that’s working really well for me right now, so I don’t intend on changing it anytime soon. If any of these products finish, then yes, I’ll be buying a replacement.
Why Am I Going On a No Buy?
I’m doing this for two reasons – the first being that I am sick of the amount of stuff I own. During my 10-month long postpartum phase, my body went through a gazillion changes, and in a bid to force myself to lose weight, I didn’t buy new clothes. I ended up wearing a grand total of 4 kurtas over and over again until I was able to fit into my old clothes. While this was a pretty terrible way to try and lose weight, it did teach me how easy life is when you have a restricted wardrobe. The second reason I’m doing this is that my wardrobe has a lot of fast fashion items and I am trying very hard to be more sustainable.
Sustainability is about making the most of what you already own.
BUYING A WHOLE NEW WARDROBE FROM ‘SUSTAINABLE BRANDS’ DOES NOT MAKE YOU SUSTAINABLE OMG
Just needed to get that out of my system. Phew. Anyway, it has been well documented that fast fashion is evil and although I agree 100% with this, I have found myself unable to actually stop purchasing from fast fashion brands. Make no mistake that I have reduced purchasing from them considerably (It’s been two and a half years since I bought anything at Forever21, but I have caved into some stuff from H&M and Zara recently). So I really, really want to stop buying from them and hopefully, this no-buy helps me cut the habit out completely.
Bonus: Money Saved!
I am hoping to channel money saved from not spending into books, experiences, travel and mutual funds. The trials, the tribulations, and the temptations will be updated here religiously, so do follow my blog if you’re interested in keeping up! There will be 100% honesty, of course, because I know that you can’t really change unless you’re true to yourself and that it’s okay to fail sometimes as long as you have the larger picture in view.