Here’s an update on my #onepieceamonth challenge. Inspired by Eco-Age Olivia Firth and The True Cost documentary I challenged myself to only buy one single piece a month in 2016.
One piece of clothes, a bag or a pair of shoes. Not and but or. Since Q1 is over, time for some analyses. In summary: this is not as easy as it sounds. Ah, you think I bought more than one piece a month?
Au contraire, I failed. Only last week a bought my first item of the year. How come?
Will I wear this #onepieceamonth at least 30 times?
That’s the question I asked myself while shopping. And back in the rack went another pair of black trousers. Or slip-on sneakers. Or taupe V-neck. But also items that definitely would complement my wardrobe did not pass my new mindfulness-shopping-mode. I really did my best to check the sale department in high-end stores in January and February, but noop. Nothing that would make my fashion heart jump.
Even the restlessness of wanting to buy something (aka impulse shopping) is gone. I am now at a point that if I’m not to buy anything this year, it will take no effort at all. I shop in my closet and wear things I honestly forgot about. Yes, I feel ashamed about the latter.
Clothes are not a disposable product that should only be worn a few times. There is a huge overproduction and also an overconsumption. Once you really see what’s behind the temptation of a very low price, underpaid cotton farmers and factory workers, the luster of buying fast fashion items vanishes immediately.
Welcome to my wardrobe, Dries van Noten Tichel sweater
I’ve eyed this funny sweater during the FW 2015-2016 runway show of Dries van Noten last year. Love on first sequined sight. And no, I have nothing similar in my closet. And yes, I will wear this at least 30 times.
After I found it online at My Theresa earlier this year, I decided to take my changes and wait for sale to start. And lost. Between putting this sweater sweetheart in my virtual basket and completing the payment, my size (L) had gone. Apparently I wasn’t the only one with a sequins crush.
I tried in stores as well, but no luck either. Only mid March I challenged Google again with ‘Dries van Noten Tichel Sweater‘ and there it was: for sale on Espejto. Clicking faster than lightning this time, she was mine.
When Fedex delivered the box next day, I was happy as a child. Number one of 2016 is here to stay, still 11 purchases to go. Fashion Life can be tough.
illustration by Tanja Minnee
piece no.1 : Dries van Noten sweater
piece no.2 : Eres bikini
piece no.3 : American Vintage blouse
piece no.4 : Gucci backpack
piece no.5 : BY-BAR dress
piece no.6 : Aaiko dress
piece no.7 : Sartore sandals
piece no.8 : Sophie D'Hoore white shirt
piece no.9 : Marni sweater
piece no.10: Vintage Leopard Shirt
piece no.11: Pauw Amsterdam Pinstripe Suit
piece no.12: Muji shirt dress