Today (I write a day ahead…) is the 57th day of my shopping fast, and so far I’m feeling very minimal pain or unhappiness from my choice. I see beautiful things that I admire – every day! – but I remember something that I wrote a long time ago, and so I admire, and then I walk away. (literally, or digitally!)
But just because I’m not buying “clothes” – meaning all of those things that I wear out and about in the world – doesn’t mean that there’s no shopping that really should be done.
I pondered this question at length, and have concluded that there are, in fact, six categories of apparel that might need to be… “shored up” through the year. Not buying scarves, jewelry, or pretty sweaters might free up my attention (and money!) to better reinforce some of the weaker underpinnings (ahem…) of my wardrobe.
And thus I settled on these 3 categories:
- athletic apparel
- other undergarments
- socks and hosiery
Six categories is such a nice number, for a year-long project! (yes, they are in alphabetical order – it’s the way my brain rolls…) A sensible person would tackle swimwear next because it’s all over the market, but I’m going to stick to this list in this order because it reflects my needs, such as they are!
I fell into this idea when I literally tore the back out of a pair of running shoes – that’s the sort of thing that I had said all along was going to be replaced when necessary! After that happened, I took the time to sort through all of my workout gear, and realized that I had a couple of pairs of shorts that were looking a bit seedy and down at the heels. My tee shirt assortment was pretty robust, if you don’t mind wearing cotton 5K tees all the time – but my harder workouts require something more utilitarian. And dashing 2 blocks to the physical therapist called for some sweats to pull on over shorts and a top… When I finished my wish list, it looked like this:
Yes, this is most drab color-scheme possible, but it’s what is most comfortable for me, and that’s ALWAYS supposed to dictate your color palette, right?
The sweatshirt is from a company started by Joe Biden’s daughter! Made in the US, which is terribly hard to find. It comes in six colors, including a gorgeous blush pink. You usually have to have them notify you when your size is available, because they sell out quickly. But I was notified that I could order in about 10 days, so that seemed worth waiting for…
And yes, the Adidas shoes are amazingly comfortable. They run a bit small, so if you order them, get 2 pair and make sure that 1 is a half-size down from your usual size. Remember, when mail ordering, always assume that you’re returning stuff!
This shopping blow-out will have me pretty well set for athletic apparel (except maybe shoes – shoes take a beating…) until next spring…
I’m really looking forward to the March/April installment of this project, because I’m going to throw myself into the website at Thirdlove.com and see what they have to offer. I’ve already taken advantage of their “try one for free” offer, and I’m loving the results…
Does anybody else hate bra shopping as much as I do?
More from my 2017 Year Without Shopping Series:
- My Year Without Shopping – January 2017. The Reasons, The Method, and The Rules
- My Year Without Shopping – February 2017
- My Year Without Shopping – March 2017; What do you buy when you aren’t shopping for “clothes”?