I knew there would have to be a few exceptions, and there were: a bridesmaid dress for my friend's wedding, scrubs when I got my job, a bathing suit because I needed a one piece.
I also received some as gifts: a dress from my mom for my birthday, and some clothes for Christmas.
Whenever I told people about this, (which was only if it somehow came up - I didn't go around proclaiming a no-clothes campaign or something) they asked, "WHY??"
First I'll tell you why, then I'll tell you how, and finally I'll tell you the results.
1. To challenge myself.
2. To remind myself that I don't "need" new clothes.
3. To simplify my life in a small way.
4. To be grateful for what I have.
5. To save money.
6. Jordan and I shared a really small closet at our old apartment and nothing else would fit.
I think that all of those reasons (with probably the exception of #6) could apply to you if you want to accept this challenge! Not that I think that you should, but honestly - it was kinda fun. So I recommend it if you're looking for a 2013 challenge. :)
1. Don't go looking.
2. Don't browse clothes on Pinterest or clothing sites.
3. Don't covet what your friends have - admire it and how cute they are. :)
4. Don't get sucked into the trends.
5. Take stock of what you do have and create new outfits out of old clothes.
6. When you have to go to 3 weddings in November and don't want to repeat an outfit and don't have another option for cold weather - borrow a dress from your mom. :)
Again...the last number probably won't apply to you. But you get the picture.
1. Not that I was a big shopper before (my friends know I'm not a big fan of the activity unless it's for hang out time), but now I definitely will take part in minimal clothes shopping. I'm so used to it now.
2. I learned that quality and usefulness really are important if you want to make the most of what you have. Instead of getting a trendy piece because it's a good deal, I may be more inclined to spend a little more money on something that I'll wear countless times. (And when I say a little more money I don't mean hundreds of dollars for a dress, haha.)
3. We saved money. Yay.
4. I got rid of clothes I don't wear and discovered my true classic pieces. Pencil skirts. Cardigans. Solid tops. Good jeans. Etc.
Here's my go-to outfit...jeans, solid top, and cardigan. Or without cardigan in summer.
5. I succeeded in my challenge and felt good about it.
6. I am more grateful for what I do have, and more aware of what I don't need.
So there ya have it. It was a great year for a challenge. What about you? Are you up for a challenge? Did you complete any in 2012 or have you already challenged yourself for 2013?