Daily Archives: 01.03.2012

A Month Into The Ban

My copies of Vogue, W and Vanity Fair are tucked snugly in the magazine basket.  I still haven’t finished my December Issues.  This is clearly symptomatic of the fact that it has been a little over a month since I started my No Shopping (for clothes) Ban.

Yes.  Seriously.

I, Kat, managed to survive an entire month without purchasing clothing.

No Boxing Day sales, no New Year’s Day sales.  Nothing.

When I look in my closet, it’s the same show on a different day.

A closed herd.

Full Disclosure: A few things made it easier.  Like the coat that I got for Hanukkah.  And the other coat that I bought right after Thanksgiving, but didn’t decide to keep until the second week of December.

Since I tweeted about them forever and a day ago, I promised Megan that someday I would post snaps.  Today, the snaps.

Subtitle: The one where I try to channel The Duchess.

Before Boujis.

After Boujis. The paparazzi are so pesky like that.

I'm thinking this would be best for a Passing Out. Or The Meet at Cheltenham.

And you already know that something I ordered at the beginning of September finally appeared two days before Christmas.

But really, I’m as surprised as you are.

The first month?  Not so bad.  There were a few moments where boredom took over and the actual act of dressing myself seemed a little bit tedious.  I totally blame that feeling on the week of casual days we had at the end of December.  I think I speak for everyone when I say that casual day is a wonderful thing.  But it also removes all of the mindlessness that accompanies my normal Getting Ready For Work-routine.

And Getting Ready For Work and co-workers you’re not worried about impressing?  Not as much fun finding the right outfit for Friday night.

All of that aside, I can truthfully say that I touched clothing in December that I had not touched in months.

That wasn’t really the point of all of this, but it was nice to know that they were useful pieces and not Bad Buying Decisions That My Pride Kept Me From Returning.

There’s truth to the fact that what you can’t see can’t end up in your closet.

I can’t say that I would be able to commit to a year without shopping.  Ever.  I find the idea to be totally insane in the same way that I will never understand People Who Say No To Mirrors.  But I will say that the last month has been really good for me as I try to figure out what, exactly, it is that I want to add to my wardrobe.

In a perfect world, I would declare January AKA Month Two of The Great Experiment to be the month where I change things up a bit and start innovatively styling stuff from my closet.

To really figure out my personal style.

Instead, I think I’m going to keep on trying to wear things that haven’t seen the light of day in a year.  I think people who don’t actually ban themselves from retail establishments call that “shopping your closet.”

Have you ever implemented a shopping ban?

What’s one piece of clothing that you LOVED when you saw it in the store, but once it disappeared into your closet you never touched it again?