As someone who loves shopping, grew up with a mum and a sister who loves shopping and who works in retail, clothes and accessories are important to me. I know that the outfits you wear aren’t important to a lot of people, but to me, I consider it my hobby. However, as Jamie and I are trying to get a home loan (don’t get me started on that process!) I am on a pretty tight budget. Now I’m not going to pretend that it’s easy but it hasn’t been as hard as I thought it would be. For the most part I love my wardrobe, it’s small, but it’s functional. Everything pretty much goes with everything, so it’s easy for me to get dressed day to day.
My wardrobe is small because I have lost a bit of weight over the last few years and I’ve moved through different cities and houses quite a few times as well. Most of the places I have been in have had very limited wardrobe space so keeping it small has been essential. I also spent most of my years searching for a bargain, I really didn’t want to invest in long term clothing buys. I would probably put this down to having not much extra to spend and also not being overly happy with my continuously fluctuating weight. Why would I want to spend a lot of money on buying clothes to fit me well when I don’t want to stay the size I am? This means that I don’t have a big wardrobe to ‘shop’ from and it’s been ok so far trying to minimise my spending and just picking up something here and there but I’m starting to get bored!
The newest item in this outfit are my Harper sunnies by Quay Australia , which by the way I totally love, but everything else is no longer even in stock. The top and shorts are Topshop from over a year old and the shoes are also Topshop but from quite a few months ago. The bag however, is something that I’ve been using almost solely for nostalgic reasons, it’s my hand bag from high school! Yes, this means that it’s almost 10 years old. I am just stunned that I still have it. I have donated and trashed most of my clothing and accessories that are older than one or two years for the reasons I listed above. I also just hate holding on to things that I don’t use. So I must really like this bag! It’s a brand called Rusty and I bought it when I used to work for City Beach (a surf and skate store).
It is fun trying to get creative within my wardrobe (and my bank account is definitely thanking me for it) but as a blogger I want those new things to stay relevant and interesting. I miss the thrill of having new items to try to style. I’m not going to lie it has got me down a little bit. It doesn’t help that I do work in retail and I am an observer to other peoples spending. I find what has been helping me is by trying to find ways to make old outfits new again, or to buy one thing occasionally that I know I’d get a lot of wear out of. I think for me, I have learnt a lot in this process as it’s made me very intentional with the purchases I’ve made. Nowadays, I rarely impulse buy and if I do, I tend to keep the tags on and the receipt handy just in case I change my mind. Even if I like something, but I’ve put it on more than once and decided to change because I’m not feeling it, it get’s returned.
That’s my ramble for the week, I hope that my old clothing and accessories and my repeated outfits haven’t put you off. If you have any tips and tricks as to how to stay inspired styling old clothing then please let me know!
Thanks for reading,