No New Clothes 2017: Frugality, Sustainability, and Ethics in Practice

I’m not really one for New Years resolutions, but I can support one that saves me money. I’m challenging myself to avoid buying new clothes in the year 2017. I was inspired to take on the “no new clothes 2017” challenge by Clare over at who is doing a similar challenge this year despite being a fashion blogger. For this challenge I’m not avoiding thrift store shopping. I mostly shop online so avoiding online purchases will be the real challenge. Saving money is only one of many reasons why I’m backing away from the retail. Here are some more benefits of buying only used clothes this year.

Supporting Deserving Businesses. I like the idea of supporting local businesses or nonprofits. Many thrift stores in my area are nonprofit run like Goodwill. My city also has locally owned thrift stores that specialize in vintage clothing, and I’m excited to explore what my town has to offer. If you don’t have similar stores in your area try supporting small business owners on Etsy or Ebay.
Less Waste. Since I can’t get any new clothes I might be tempted to reach further back in my closet and wear clothes I haven’t in a while. Or I’ll have to find new ways to use old items. When you buy recycled clothes, you’re keeping clothes out of the trash and landfills.
Practicing Patience. Of course I’ll miss online shopping and the almost instant gratification of having bought something without leaving the house. Avoiding online shopping forces me out of the house, and into the racks. I’ve always found it harder to find stuff I like in thrift stores. In other words I’ll have to work harder to find a good item at a good price.
Weight Control. I know this last one is a bit idealistic. But if I can’t buy a size up whenever I put one weight it gives me more motivation to control my weight right? Right.

By Cara

I'm a 29 year old urban planner who recently bought a home. I'm trying to build my dream home/garden while sticking to a budget and keeping my sanity.

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