My resolution for 2016 was to not buy any brand new clothing from traditional retail stores. This wasn't the first year I decided to give this a go. The first time I chose this for my new year resolution I was 18 years old, I was sick of the low-quality clothing I was spending a fortune on in the shops, and I had just fallen in love with op-shopping (thrifting). That year I decided to only buy second hand, or make my own clothing, and I surprisingly found it pretty easy. After that year I decided to predominately buy second hand and make my own clothing, however, I hadn't committed a full year off fast fashion again until 2016.
As my first blog post for 2017, I thought I would share my thoughts and struggles of a whole year of not buying any branding new clothing. Firstly, I think choosing 2016 to complete this resolution was very good timing. Towards the end of 2015 I had bought, and was given lots of new things for my wedding/honeymoon and therefore at the start of 2016 I had a brand new pair of bikinis, lots of brand new lingerie, a brand new pair of jeans, new dresses etc. However, halfway through the year my jeans ripped (again making me very angry as they were not cheap!). I patched them up as best I could, but unfortunately, I needed a new pair. I tried on multiple pairs of jeans at the op-shops, but I have short legs and none of the jeans that I tried, fitted me properly. Luckily, I'm more of a dress wearing girl then a jeans wearing girl, so could put up with the ripped jeans for the rest of the year without too much of a problem. Becuase of the jeans dilemma, I've decided that after a year of not buying any brand new clothing I'm now going to have to have buy the essentials, like a new pair of jeans. In 2017 I still hope to buy predominately second-hand clothing, but where necessary I will have to purchase some new items.
The second struggle I had was that I was a bridesmaid in two weddings this year. The first bridesmaid outfit was purchased in 2015, however, the second dress was purchased in 2016. This was the only time a failed at my resolution this year, but I don't really see it as a fail at all. It was a necessary purchase, and I'm proud that the only time I bought something new was for something as important as a bridesmaid dress (which I actually love by the way, and will definitely be wearing again!)
One of the upsides of not buying any new clothing is that I was forced to be creative with the clothing I already owned, and with the 'new', second-hand clothing I bought. I feel that I was most happy and comfortable in the outfits I wore in 2016, then I've ever been in my life. I think vintage fashion suits my body type and my 2016 resolution made me feel proud and comfortable to wear more of the clothing I love on a daily basis. I'm excited to maybe share more of my favourite outfits here with you this year!
If you would like to have a go at this resolution for yourself, here are a few tips:
1. Go op-shopping regularly. The more often you go, the more likely you will find some nice/vintage clothing that you'll actually love.
2. Buy a sewing machine and teach yourself some basic sewing skills. If you find a cute, second-hand dress but it's 4 sizes too big for you, you can still take it home and alter it to fit you.
3. Start off with smaller time frames. For example, do it for a month or 6 months instead. A year is a long time to commit to something as drastic as this (especially if you are a shopper by nature) so instead create a time frame that you feel comfortable with.
4. Buy handmade! If you ever feel the need to shop brand new, supporting handmade is always a good thing. There are so many handmade products available, and even if you have a necessity purchase, there will more than likely be a handmade option available!
I hope you've enjoyed this long, in-depth post about my 2016 resolution! I don't really have any resolutions for 2017, but hope to do this one again next year!