Wednesday, January 05, 2011

12 in 11

Louisa at The Really Good Life, has set herself the challenge of only buying 12 items of clothing in 2011.

I am sooo up for this.  I have a lot of clothes.  They are mostly op-shopped, but I still have more than is strictly necessary.

I've already bought one item this month, a dress to wear to a wedding in April, so that's January's quota taken care of.

Louisa's exceptions list is very sensible and I see no reason to change it.
  • Essential footwear – new sports shoes when the old ones die, gumboots or essential footwear for safety, anything else is part of the 12. 
  • Essential underwear – bras and undies are exempt but on a replacement basis only.  Hosiery is exempt but purchases will be minimal.
  • Gifts - gifts of clothing are exempt but I will not solicit clothing as gifts.
  • Stuff I make myself - I can sew and despite recent decluttering continue to have a good fabric supply.  If I need it, I should be able to sew it.


nettie said...

This is a great challenge. I have just come out of more than a year of buying no new clothes (bras, stockings and shoes excepted). I did thrift a few items, I sewed a few things from stash and I recycled some into something more wearable. But nothing new. Good luck with your challenge.

Sheep Rustler said...

It is a good challenge, and it actually one of my resolutions for this year. Mine is slightly different - to buy no clothes or shoes for the year at all, unless: my underwear falls apart and needs replacing; I was going to make an outfit to wear to a wedding in March but having packed my fabric stash, and that being about the time we move, will either make do or buy something; and as I am hoping to return to work, may have to buy some clothes for that as my wardrobe consists largely of jeans. I am going to allow myself to make anything I wish so long as the fabric and pattern are from the stash, but that won't be available till April or so. Good luck.

LynS said...

I'm seriously tempted. I love clothes, so this would be a great sacrifice for me. I guess my main reason for doing it would be to save money, but I would also like to have fewer 'things'.

Thanks for the post. I'm going to think about this overnight.

2paw said...

Oh you are so brave to do this. I wish you all the best!!!

Michelle said...

Good luck! Sounds like a real good challenge!!