Six month clothes challenge

HI!
So…
As the title of this post suggests I decided to enforce a spending no buying clothes/shoes ban. I can say that I successfully achieved my challenge.

WHY?

  1. Ok, we bought and moved into our new flat. It is more or less the same size as our old flat but a different layout (ie a kitchen that we can actually cook and be more than 2 people in and bathrooms that are more than just a cupboard) meaning that we have to be super careful with how we fill this space. It was also in the move whilst doing the mammoth tidy and sort out of the century/millennium that I began to realise I HAD TOO MUCH SHIT! I mean clothes have always been such a joy to me (more on that later). SO something had to give. A flea market was done and I am selling more stuff over on my depop account.
  2.   I have a buying/spending problem. I buy stuff on a whim without giving it much thought. Its only after I get the items (I am an online shopper/binger) delivered and decide after a lot of trying to ignore it when I check my bank balance and I want to cry. I like food and eating and also having a house over my head and electricity and all those fun things. A new pair of shoes won’t pay those, although they might look nice.
  3.  I am VERY compulsive. I can do a lot of damage on one of my shopping binges. I click and buy. I often get tempted by bloggers and instagram which brings me onto my next point.
  4.  I felt disgusting constantly buying into the instagram / bloggers world. ALways having to have something new and on trend and be the first to get stuff. There is a massive pressure on us all to constantly be current and have the new it bag or trend.
  5.  I wanted to start thinking about the clothes I actually wanted and my personal style and who I am as a person. I wanted to think about how clothes make me feel and how we can play dress up and be a character one day and another one the next. How clothes can change your mood and make you feel better (or worse) and how it is an expression of who you are. Its magical and I LOVE playing dress up!
  6.  Buying stuff out of boredom. When I worked in an office I was constantly getting deliveries of STUFF. Just lots of stuff. I was bored and unhappy and new clothes/shoes made me have that buzz for all of 5 minutes until I had to get the next best new thing.

So what have I learnt?

Well a lot actually. I feel like I know what I like more. I feel less dictated to in terms of trends and stuff like that (you will NEVER find me in a fluffy pair of sliders for example). I am growing older (32 eek!) and I feel like I know what clothes make me feel like. I know what things I want and what is missing. I know that I have a personal sentimental attachment to clothes which means I unwillingly hoard them. I also am attached to them because of the amount I have spent makes me feel guilty to just get rid of them (I know silly right?).
As I said above I LOVE playing dress up. But I also love sensible well made pieces. I like to know that my items are more or less sustainable or that they are going to last me for years to come. I think this has taught me to make wiser purchases and not to be so bloody impulsive.

At the start of August I purchased a few things. I broke my spending ban. Whilst originally I felt shit for spending money when I said I was going to last the year I think its ok. I made wise, thoughtful purchases and I didn’t really re purchase things in different versions. I think the new additions work well. However what I have decided is that this is only going to be a bi annual thing. Here in Barcelona we basically have two seasons; a hot summer and a mildish winter. There for there are a lot of clothes that I can use for the transition period. I am happy to wait and see what I really need. To weed out what I don’t wear or need. Or what simply doesn’t fit anymore. I am also eager to see where I have gaps. I would like to do an almost capsule wardrobe, but keeping it fairly loose and for me to keep treasured items (like my vintage dresses and handbags!). I also will operate a strict in and out policy. No more binging on random stuff. If I buy anything I have to LOVE it.

My aims are to:

    1. 1. Streamline my wardrobe and the amount of items in it.
    1. 2. Buy only quality stuff that is timeless and will last me for years to come.
    1. 3. Try and make as much as possible myself (I LOVE to sew and also I like unique to me items).
    1. 4. Have a bi-annual clear out of clothes that are unworn or just unsuitable.
    1. 5. Learn how to let go of sentimental items.
    1. 6. Only buy clothes bi-annually and giving myself a budget.
    1. 7. Try to buy as sustainable or from small indie brands as much as possible.
    1. 8. Stop buying from HUGE chains (btw I stopped buying from Zara, h&m, Pull & bear completely!).
    1. 9. Buy stuff that is ME and not trend led. Just because so and so blogger has it doesn’t mean I need it.
    10. Make sure I wear most of my wardrobe and have fun with the stuff I already have and not just wear the same thing everyday.

SO thats it. Thats my clothes buying/not buying manifesto. I am quite proud of myself for lasting 6 months and have learnt alot. Next step….beauty (scream face emoji!).

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What sarie wore #9

Hello hello!

It’s been a fair while hasn’t it? Well I have had a little heart to heart with this space recently, but what I mean it’s been a while since I’ve popped in and showed my face and my outfit.

We adventured out to Delta de Llobregat on a blustery but warm spring day recently. It was amazing. Such a beaut of a place (more on that soon).

I am going to go into more detail about this soon and dedicate a whole blogging / video series (yep that’s right I am now on the youtubes), but I have been on a total clothes/shoes/bags etc spending ban. Just because it was getting out of hand and also because when moving I realized how much stuff I pack around with me. Right proper pack rat I am.

So returning to some favourites. Denim and stripes and keeping it all super simple. Simple colours and accessories. Pretty much my uniform. I have noticed this actually, through not buying new stuff, I naturally gravitate towards certain things every time. Comfort and feeling like me is a must.

What Sarie Wore #8

Its been a fair while hasn’t it. No excuse really, other than life has been VERY heavy as of late. We are still in the depths of summer over here in Barcelona. So with that in mind I have adopted some sort of daily uniform, which doesn’t particularly make for great outfit documentation/blogging. However thats cool. I have written here about how I seem to have adopted a sort of uniform. I guess thats growing up. You find you and feel better about it and everything seems to slip into that. So here is my summer look that I have been rotating on a daily basis. Its really too hot to care that much. Bring on autumn, tights and layers! I miss you.dscf8746dscf8737dscf8738dscf8728dscf8730 dscf8733 dscf8736 Shirt- H&M / Camisole- Topshop / Regular waist shorts- H&M / Necklace – &otherstories / Shoes – Birkenstocks.

What sarie wore #7

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Dress – Monki / Denim Jacket – Monki / Bag – Cambridge satchel company / Sunglasses – Hawkers / Shoes – Birkenstocks

So summer has well and truly arrived. Which for me means sweat, melting and hiding away from the intense heat of the Barcelonian sun. Out come the milk maid legs and dresses, sandals until October and wanting to live in a fridge. I lose my sense of style a bit in this heat, as not feeling like a gloopy mess trumps any sort of style decision. Its nice to wear floaty dresses and flounce around beautiful stately parks (this one being in Badalona). Also having lupus means I need to stay covered up, so light weight tops or jackets are a must. I would like to sew some little kimono jackets myself. Lets see if I can do that.

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What Sarie wore #6

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The heat has most definitely arrived. It is sweltering. This was taken a week or so ago when it was still warm but comfy. I have been really enjoying wearing a pop of bright lipstick as of late and am a bit obsessed with the Kat von D tattoo lipsticks. They are amazing. I like that they also brighten my face and make me feel like facing the world a bit more. I am more into wearing black and more neutral colours these days so its nice to add a bit of colour. As you can see I have been mixing things up and doing a wardrobe remix, discovering which bits I wear the most and which bits not so much. Also what I feel good in and what I think suites me. My style has evolved a lot but at the same time stays the same. A mix between a child and a grandma with a bit of utilitarian comfort thrown in. The rest? I am going to sell on depop so watch out soon.
Also just wanted to add that one perk of this no buying clothes thing means that I have had a big sort out and discovered I had these jeans in the back of my wardrobe. I had completely forgotten about them! That is crazy as they were brand new. Its nice to rediscover old gems and bits you didn’t even realise you had. I am going to try and wear bits that I haven’t worn in a while.
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Jacket- Vintage / Cami – H&M / Necklace – &otherstories / Jeans – Monki / Trainers – Nike / Bag – Cambridge satchel CO. / Silk Scarf – H&M / Lipstick – Kat Von D Liquid tattoo liptick in Berlin. / Brooch – gift from a lovely friend 

What Sarie wore/ capsule no 5

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DSCF8283 DSCF8273 DSCF8265 DSCF8266 DSCF8270DSCF8284 DSCF8292 DSCF8290Jacket – Monki / Enamel bird pin – Gift from friend / Blouse – Monki / Jeans – Monki / Shoes – Clarks / Super cute pup – Models own.

So a quick outfit post on the roof terrace. What a difference it makes to ones mood to slap on a bit of makeup and play dress up in ones favourite clothes (which all happen to be from Monki- oops!). I love my silver disco dancing shoes (even though they are scuffed- sad face). They make me feel like dancing…even if I can’t. This outfit is my feel better and face the world (well the seagulls on my roof terrace). Also there is nothing better than being interrupted mid photo session by your pup who wants a stroke/thinks you are a bit of a weirdo for standing in weird uncomfy positions ha!

What sarie wore- capsule #4

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Jacket – Vintage / Shirt – Pull & Bear (a few years ago) / Dress- Monki / Boots – Dr Martens.

This was taken a week or so back, and its one of my very favourite outfits. One that makes me really feel like me. I love the colours and the fact that this dress can be worn in so many different ways. These boots are still going strong and I love them dearly and are as comfortable (well nearly) as my trainers. Perfect outfit for exploring on a grey Barcelona day.