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A Personal Clothing Challenge

I have made a lot of changes regarding my wardrobe over the last few years.  But, I am about to make a bigger change for the rest of this year.

For the next six months, I will not purchase clothing unless it is from a thrift store or a company that is environmentally friendly as well as customer friendly.

Let me explain my decision.  I live in a smaller town where clothing choices are somewhat limited.  I recently (within the last 2 months) purchased a pair of leggings at JCPenney.  They now have a hole in the leg.  Lesson learned.  I got what I paid for.  But I will not do it again.  I am tired of wasting my money on clothes that simply fall apart after being worn a few times.  I am tired of supporting stores that don’t care about my opinion.  So, I’m going to stop.

Here are my guidelines:

  • Only buy something that’s needed.
  • Purchase from individual companies with great customer service as well as limiting their environmental impact.
  • Buy second hand.
  • Attempt to mend or alter clothing before throwing it out.

Exceptions: This challenge will not include undergarments or shoes.  However, I will make every effort to first consider the quality in order to have the item longer.

I don’t intend to ask my family to participate in this challenge.  They actually seem to have better luck with their clothes.  The clothing industry seems to make men’s/boy’s clothing last longer.  My husband still owns t-shirts that he wore when we were dating.  Tater Tot grows out of his clothing so quickly that I can’t justify investing a lot into his apparel, I simply try to keep his purchases to a minimum.

Every time we hand over our money to a retailer we say, “I support you.”  After throwing out too many things too soon, I don’t want to support them any more.  A minimal wardrobe requires items that don’t need to be replaced on a constant basis.  So, I am going to work on finding things that will last.  This won’t always be easy.  I have been a “die hard” shopper for years and online shopping doesn’t always work too well.  I will keep you updated on my progress as well as post pictures wearing particular items multiple ways to keep a minimal wardrobe interesting.  Wish me luck!

xo, Lauren

4 Replies

  1. kim

    These are two ideas/sites you might want to check out as you engage in your Personal Clothing Challenge:) Of course you most likely know them, but I visit Project 333 regularly to help me manage my wardrobe and my life. I’ve long been a thrifter, but it never hurts to be reminded why I shop second hand. Enjoy your blog!


    1. Thank you Kim! I love Courtney’s Project 333 and it has inspired me many times to keep my wardrobe simple. I don’t normally shop at thrift stores, but I am so frustrated over the state of the clothing industry that I am going to try this route instead and see how it goes.

  2. Clara

    I’m excited to follow along with your progress! I currently expecting baby #2, but once this pregnancy is over and I’m back down to my regular size, there will be a massive closet purge of both maternity and non-maternity clothing. I’m looking forward to inspiration from your challenge :)

    1. Congratulations Clara! Maternity clothing is a whole different subject that I will tackle when we decide to have baby #2. I would love to know the outcome of your closet purge when it is complete.

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