#Month 2: Quitting fast fashion - a 12 month challenge
Another easy balmy summer month has flown by and I have not bought any new clothes. I do need to be honest here and admit that I have bought things. I found a second hand leather jacket in Spitalfields market and a bag and some linen trousers in a village market in France. Sticking to my rules, its a 'one in one out' policy with accessories and so out went an existing bag I no longer like or use.
It was another easy month comparably. I had two holidays and a well stocked draw of bikinis and loved opening up old boxes of holiday clothes. You know, the pieces you would never wear in your "normal" life but that made you feel eccentric and free for the couple of days you dared to wear them.
However, danger looms on the horizon because I find myself in altered circumstances. As of today, I have started a new job based in Oxford Circus. Literally on top of the station, surrounded by hundreds of high street fashion emporiums screaming SALE and NEW SEASON and COME IN AND BUY ME!!! I have not yet been faced with this kind of temptation on a daily basis and am worried I might be consumed by a weak moment and find myself binging on scarves in one of the shops.
I have noticed one interesting development this month. Where there is a void, there is a rush to fill it. The time I was dedicating to thinking about clothes and buying new ones seems to have been filled with thinking about and browsing for bits of jewellery. Although I haven't bought anything (yet), I am on the road to thinking that I can buy a few high quality pieces which might last me life time and that this is a far more sensible investment. Or am I still just addicted to buying things ? Part of what I wanted to get out of this challenge was to re-allocate the money that was going to high street brands (and slave labour) to independent business entrepreneurs who are talented and passionate about what they do. I will stay true to this when it comes to jewellery too and buy from a nice Etsy page or a market stall I trust on Portobello.