Frugal – it’s such a buzzword isn’t it? It feels like society is just full of buzzwords and trends these days. More than likely, it has always been that way but I am only just tuning in to it now. And with the increased in job instability, a looming doom-and-gloom economy (they keep saying this!), increased costs of living and so many other factors, frugal / frugality is definitely something that is coming up more and more.
But you know what they say, can’t beat them? Join them! Not that I really have anything against buzzwords or the word ‘frugal’. Hah.
Anyways, I wanted to publicly (or as publicly as I can on an anonymous blog) announce to the universe that may or may not be listening, my intentions for the next 12 months (1st July 17 – 1st July 18). And that is, to have a Frugal Fashion Challenge 17-18. Let me explain.
What is it?
A 12 month challenge in which the participant vows to purchase no new clothes other than underwear. The keyword being ‘new’. So 2nd hand shops, fleamarkets, op shops and the like are a-okay!
- Our shops are filled with fast-fashion. (Disclaimer: I am aware of the generalisation.) So many horrendous quality items with high prices fly off the racks in the name of staying trendy and fashionable. This is my own personal attempt to keep things away from landfill, doing my part for Mother Earth. You can read more about what fast fashion is and the effect it has on our planet here.
- To cultivate a more sustainable lifestyle.
- To save money.
- To curb the habit of impulse purchasing, trend chasing and fashion envy.
So what brought this about?
In the last 9 months or so, I lost nearly 20kgs mainly through a diet and lifestyle change. As can be expected, none of my clothes now fit me. However, my weight loss also coincided with my realisation of my wasteful ways and need for financial independence. The lack of a wardrobe became a problem, but no matter how many times I browsed Asos or any other shops, I could never bring myself to pay the prices they wanted for one singular piece. $110 for a dress? Forget it!
I have always loved looking in 2nd hand shops, but now there was a sense of urgency. I desperately needed clothes that fit, that weren’t held up by belts, or safety pins. So after 3 months of angsting at clothing shops, I made up my mind to only shop from 2nd hand and op shops. So why not blog about it?
Every month I will post up photos of anything that I have bought that month from the op shops. And hopefully explore ways on how to style myself on a low budget. I say hopefully, because I am no stylist and certainly not an expert. But this is as much a journey of exploration for myself as it is one to save money as it has been a good 13 years since I was this weight and I no longer know how to dress my body.
So you get to go along on this journey with me! If you feel like following along on this challenge, feel free to steal the header image above for your own blog. I will also be posting frequently with the hashtag on my facebook or instagram pages so remember to follow me there if you haven’t already.