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Crazy About Clothes

A few months ago I realized that my clothes did not reflect myself. If I’m trying to be my authentic self then adding a few pieces shouldn’t hurt… especially if they are used.

I found a local consignment store that had a few pieces I bought to help fill in my dwindling wardrobe. “Crazy About Clothes” has a nice selection of clothing and is close to home. My purchase of a purple pair of Reitmans corduroy pants and a nice brown necklace set me back less than $12. The best part of the day was that the pants were a size 9! The Mexx jacket was bought at the Cytheria House Unique Boutique for $15. I’m thrilled with these items. Not only are they zero waste but perfectly me.

Then we went to Las Vegas. Two months of little to no temptation to buy brand-new clothing ended with a visit to the Betty Page store inside Planet Hollywood. I gave in and bought a shirt and dress. Imagine it without all the tattoos. I really am trying to reduce my impact. It’s hard though. I’m weak. I didn’t even confess to my Victoria Secret visit (undergarments don’t count as much in my opinion). We don’t have those stores in Canada so I take advantage while near them. Hopefully the things that I purchased will stay in my wardrobe for the long run.

I am seriously considering trying the 333 project. You only wear 33 items of clothing for 3 months. It wouldn’t include underwear, wedding rings, sleep wear or workout gear. It would include shoes, necklaces and watches. I first read about this project from Erin’s blog, dreamsyoudaretodream.wordpress.com. It seems like a good project for me and in line with what I am trying to achieve – conscious, intentional living.

What do you think? Could you live off of 33 wardrobe items for 3 months?


Fashion is what you adopt when you don’t know who you are.
Quentin Crisp


About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


One thought on “Crazy About Clothes

  1. Having done this clothing experiment for a few months now, I can honestly say I don’t miss having a large wardrobe. I wasn’t wearing 75% of the clothing I owned anyway. The entire process of whittling down my wardrobe to only items that fit, looked good on me and that I love has helped me want less, shop less and buy less too – if an item isn’t perfect for me, it stays at the store. Also, I try to do most of my shopping now at the thrift store and consider finding clothing that works in my wardrobe to be much more of a treasure than things I can find at retail shops. 🙂 Good luck!

    Posted by Erin | March 10, 2012, 8:33 am

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