So I’ve made it to the end of my self-imposed fast. With the exception of a pair of pyjamas, matching dressing gown (which I did have an excuse for: Children In Need day at school) and one reversible sports bra (no excuse for this one, just shouldn’t have looked on that sale rail…), I’ve managed to avoid all RTW purchases, including shoes which I was originally going to allow myself. It turns out my will power is a lot stronger than I thought it was. Oh, and I didn’t actually need any 🙂 It didn’t surprise me that I lasted the first month absolutely fine, but two and eventually three months? Oh, yes, now that did surprise me!
So, did my fast actually make me wear my own makes more?
Without a doubt, yes! Forcing myself to have a massive clear out at the same time as my fast enabled me to really see what I actually had and wore frequently, and also to discover a few forgotten items lurking beneath my poor, overloaded hangers. I forced myself to wave goodbye to a few of my earlier makes which saddened me, but it was time to go.
I forced myself to wear more of my ‘best’ makes: for work or just casually running errands. Getting rid of so much old stuff made space for better items to become more every day. I’m really pleased I’ve managed to change my mind set on this: a pleasantly surprising outcome to the fast.
So, what else surprised me?
Well, I actually really enjoyed the process. As did my husband who is delighted with the (very small, granted 😉 ) extra space I’ve allowed him in a joint wardrobe in our spare room. It’s also been refreshing not to have to hide certain bags (ahem… Now I can’t be the only one guilty of this) before his arrival home.
Because I’ve been saving a little money it’s been nice to treat the kids to lunch or cake when we’re out and about a bit more. I’ve also enjoyed buying a few well-chosen accessories which I’ve needed for a while.
I’ve finally realised that buying/owning too many clothes is actually ridiculously overwhelming and impractical. I’ve enjoyed experimenting more with putting well-loved items together differently and I really have a clear idea of what my wardrobe is now missing. Namely, really well-fitting, high-waisted jeans (which I have no intention of attempted myself, I know my limits), a couple of ‘coloured’ dresses (far too much black and grey) for work would be nice and I can sew myself, and some self-made, evening tops.
And finally, because I couldn’t buy clothes it’s made me really consider my own makes far more carefully. I’ve been so pleased with the recent makes I’ve created and know that they’ll be worn lots (even that Bristol skirt). This is a huge improvement and has really made me far more practical with my sewing projects. Having a little extra to spend on nicer fabrics has helped with this too.
Did I run to the shops as soon as November was out?
Not really. Timing was on my side and the avalanche of Black Friday/Weekend offers in my inbox totally put me off any shopping last week. However I have found, and ordered, some lovely jeans. Fingers crossed the fit will be right…
And finally, advice for anyone else thinking of giving it a go?
Just go for it! It’s incredibly liberating and if I can do it… Giving myself other wardrobe ‘projects’ to busy myself worked really well. As I mentioned above, a massive clear-out was really therapeutic. I also appreciated unpacking my Winter woolies just as I was getting bored of my newly pared down wardrobe.
Avoiding clothes shops totally really worked for me. As did cancelling a fair few mailing lists I’d got myself on to. Keeping temptation firmly in check kept me focused.
And my monthly, fabric treats (final one featured above, this time from Aberkans in Manchester) really helped to motivate me. Although I now have plenty and need to stay well away as I’m aware I’m just replacing one addiction with another 😉
So I’m going to enjoy a little break from fasting and see how I do. I’m hoping my shopping habits have changed for good, but I’m well aware I’ve timed this badly with the end of year sales looming… I’m going to see how I go, but there’s always January to put myself on another, longer stint…
Anyone else tempted to give it a go? Or any advice if you’ve completed a fast yourself?