Monday, January 7, 2013

Six Reasons Why and How I Didn't Buy Clothes in 2012.

I didn't buy clothes in 2012.

No, seriously.

One of the goals I made for 2012 was to not buy clothing for a year. 

And I stuck to it.

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?



  1. Okay, I was seriously so excited when I saw this pop up in my feed! Just after Christmas I cleaned out my wardrobe and made this decision for this year! Saving money is close to the top - even though I'm a thrift store shopper through and through! I want to make the most of what I have :) My exceptions are - if a staple piece has to be replaced (i.e. my black pants - as a teacher, these are so necessary!) then, if repairing isn't an option, I'll replace them. And hand me downs will be accepted... minimally. :) I'm looking forward to it! I did have to curb my desire to stop past my favourite op shop (thrift store) this morning... but so far so good! :D Thanks for sharing your story!

  2. WOW! Good for you girl! This will make me stop and think when i DO buy something this year! P.S. Good thing The Nest doesn't sell clothes!! :):)

  3. Hello, this is my first time commenting! Awhile back, I somehow stumbled across your being persued posts {much needed at the time} and have hung on to your blog link ever since!

    I am the same way when I shop now, I'll look for stuff I am going to have for a very long time and can wear over and over again. BTW, I am glad you brought up the one piece bathing suit, I remember you posting pics from a trip in it and wondered where you got it! {been looking for one} Why did you buy it?

  4. Ashley, I am so glad you posted this! Like you said, not that I am a HUGE shopper to begin with, but this is an awesome challenge. I definitely am going to think and pray about this, and maybe take it on for 2013! Thanks for sharing!!

  5. Good for you! I don't think I could do that!!

  6. I am truly impressed! What a great challenge! I would do that this year, but I already broke it yesterday lol :-P But it's something I would definitely consider.

  7. Wow I am so impressed!! I am so glad you posted about your journey, thanks for sharing!

  8. Seriously considering this! Thanks for the post!

  9. I'm so glad to hear you did this!! It is a goal of mine for 2013. So far so good- glad to hear it's attainable! :)

  10. Shared on Google+.. Definitely planning on doing this once we get a new home and get unpacked!! Over half my wardrobe is in storage right now, so I've gotten more than used to living on less clothes and making new outfit arrangements work. So excited to re-address my closet!!! Thanks for sharing your story.

  11. what a great challenge! congrats on meeting your goal! :)

  12. Impressive! This is such a great idea. I totally love your blog! I am definitely going to try this, although it will be a pretty hard challenge for me. It's amazing that you were able to do this.

  13. Hahaha, wow, I just found your blog :) I am into "no clothes buying for a year" myself now :P Actually it ends by the end of June. I set the goal myself, small closet&wanted to see how it goes ;) Second half was really easy, I have also got read of some clothes :P



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