Not replacing things
There are so many things I think I need because my first instinct is just to buy. This year, since I’m on a ban (slightly modified, but still a ban) I’m really thinking hard about whether I actually need something, or if I think I can get by without it, or replace it with something I already own.
Previous to my ban, I consciously made a decision not to buy a pair of dark wash skinny jeans (a wardrobe staple of mine) to replace mine that had worn out. I did buy a pair, but it wasn’t perfect so I returned it and instead of searching for the perfect pair, I just decided that I’m going to go without. It’s been almost a year and I haven’t missed it - whatever outfit I choose, I can pair it with my dark wash ankle jeans, or my black skinny jeans. This is very different from gray jeans, that I spent more than a year without. I truly found myself repeatedly wishing I had a pair because it would complete my outfit or make it better. That said though, I waited until I found the perfect pair and when I found it, I bought it without hesitation. My wardrobe and I are happier for it.
So what’s with the white shirt? This is a real wardrobe staple of mine and actually one of my favourite shirts. I’ve owned it since December 2014! And it’s one of my lowest cost per wear items, sitting at $0.39 - yes, 39 cents! It’s seen better days and it’s now time to let go. I was actually debating on keeping it, but as fate would have it, the other night, DH lifted me up and it snagged on something of his and it RIPPED! No more deliberation needed! It just ripped beyond being fixable. That was that. I kind of felt relieved because then I didn’t have to consume myself on whether I really want to let it go, when I know I really should.
Which brings me to my actual point - as much as I love it, and as much as it is a wardrobe staple, I’m going to hold off on replacing it, even though it would not go towards an Allowance Item, but is an allowable purchase because it’s a Wardobe Staple. I’m just going to test myself to wear other things I already own and see if I can make do. If I can’t, then I’ll try to find another one.