At the grand old age of 28 I have managed to rack up an (obscene) debt of £21,000. I really don’t have much to show for this, other than a few holidays and BULGING wardrobes. So many clothes have been bought that I’ve had to buy more wardrobes just so I have somewhere to keep them, and a lot of this is down to me being a total sucker for fashion.
Every day my inbox is filled with emails from all of my favourite shops dictating what I should be wearing this week. The turnaround is so quick that I have no idea how anyone on a normal budget stays ‘on trend’.
I have recently consolidated my debts, and seeing my bank account in credit and not having credit and store cards to whip out willy nilly has changed my spending outlook. Believe me, I have TRIED to shop with my newfound spare cash, but I have really fallen out of love with it. There are a couple of reasons why:
- Over the past couple of years every new season I would go on a complete spending spree so that my wardrobe’s were filled with the must-have outfits. However I’ve realised that as every new season rolls round the ‘must-have’ new items are THE SAME. Spring – florals, cold shoulder tops. Autumn – oversized jumpers, pinafore dresses, statement boots. In short, it’s a total con to get us to spend more money!
- Another gripe of mine is that if everyone is being told to wear the same thing, everyone will look the same! The number of times I’ve put an outfit I love together and then been out and clocked other people wearing the same top/skirt/shoes – it really does make you feel less fashion-forward stylista and more gullible sheep.
- This is a slightly weird one, but I’ve been watching a LOT of Friends recently (thank you Netflix) and the majority of Rachel’s outfits would not look out of place on today’s high street. And this was over 20 years ago!
In short, I will always love clothes, however from now on am going to be more about wearing items that I really love even if they are a few years old, rather than being a slave to fashion. I’m sure I’ll still shop, but am really going to try to make a concerted effort to only buy things that I will wear again and again and really like, rather than buying what I’m told is ‘in’ right now.