There is a lot of talk about how little we can/should get away with buying and still have what we need. A year shopping ban is popular on one site. Some extremes like the lady who wore the same dress for a whole year. I got to thinking how it would be a great experiment to only buy one item a month next year.
And then I started to wonder about the basics. How does one not shop for a whole year but have a bra that’s still in good shape? Socks that aren’t holey in the heels? For me, uniform pants that have not faded from black to a dull grey? What do we really, truly NEED every year, no matter what? Even if I turned off all enticements through pictures and blogs and magazines, I still need those basics to get out the door every day. Mine are likely different than yours. Here is what I’ve come up with:
- 7 pack of ankle socks for work
- black uniform pants
- work shoes
- running shoes (every other year)
- sports bra (every other year)
- layer top(s) for both lounge/sleep and under uniform
Those are just the base needs. Now if I add in likely replacement needs for the normal wear of my closet I also have:
- replacement tee(s)
I am already at a dozen with no ‘fun’ shopping for a new trend or silhouette I’d like to try. Hmmm. Some of you may be into shoes – that adds even more to the list. (I have enough shoes to get me by for a couple years, truth be told, since I wear Danskos to my job and only pull out the rest for ‘fun’ outside of work.) Now if you like handbags, you’ve got another category. And on and on.
So, I approach these big plans of limited yearly purchases with a bit of skepticism. They sound awesome and life simplifying, but just don’t pan out that way when I start to look at my needs. Realistically I will likely always be buying a couple things a month on average. And that’s okay!
Have you tried one a month? Or the 5 piece French wardrobe? Something similar? Did you find your needs didn’t fit into the box?