#Month 1: Quitting fast fashion - a 12 month challenge
I do realise, that for many (maybe most), managing to not buy clothes for a month is not seen as a great achievement. But I have done it and even though there are 11 more to go, I feel very pleased with myself.
I will look back and realise this was an easy month to get through. I didn't need anything having only just splurged in June/July and I spent 10 days of the time camping in a field.
Hardest moment: walking past one of my favourite high street shops and seeing there was a 70% off sale on everything. It felt like half my stomach was trying to gallop in through the door while the other half was resolutely staying put on the pavement. I didn't go in and blinded my eyes to the clothes in the window. I know the real test would have been to go in and walk out again empty handed.
Best moment: going to a friend's clothes swap. I arrived armed with bits and bobs I really didn't need anymore and left with a bulging bag of exciting "new" clothes. Now this might not have helped the space and storage issue, but it definitely helped the bank balance and it was social, wholesome and fun. I can't wait to wear one of my new skirts this week and I also picked up some crazy harem trousers which I would never usually have bought but I already know will become one of my favourites. I can feel the history in my friends clothes and imagine the adventures they have been worn on. Their story is stitched into the seams and I am merely a custodian.
I had never really perceived clothes in this way before but I have definitely had items I irrationally bonded with despite them not being anything special. It might be that one top I was wearing when I first kissed someone or stayed up to watch the sunrise in. Months later, I might spy it at the back of a drawer and remember in an instant and smile to myself at the power of the memory. It could be a skirt I wore for an interview that resulted in a new job and therefore the skirt will always be a lucky one. Or it might just be a coat that seems to have been made only for you and everyone has commented that it is just "so you!"
So, the lesson to be learned in month 1 is that clothes are so much more than sale items or the next best thing. They tell stories and whether they are good or bad, they become a part of your story. They evoke memories that can be shared between friends and passed down to someone who needs them when you no longer do.