No longer being in fulltime employment, my finances aren’t exactly in glistening form. Resigning from my job in the middle of a recession wasn’t exactly a sensible move, although one necessary for my sanity. I’ve had to cut down on my day to day expenses: no taxis, no dinner at Waverly and, above all, no shopping.

That last has been surprisingly easy to maintain. I can honestly say that I have lost all interest in buying any of the things I used to lust after. No more do I pore through the glossy catalogues that clog up my mailbox or press my nose to the glass windows on Bleecker.

It helps of course, that I bought my London home in 1999, and live in a Village shoebox here in New York, so have no need of cookware or interiors stuff (one of my worst shopping vices) right now. As for clothes, not only am I carrying 10lbs of winter overweight right now which takes the edge off desire, but I’ve turned a mental corner. Shopping just seems to have lost its thrill for me. I have a wardrobe stuffed with beautiful clothes, shoes & bags, and there just seems no reason to add to any of it. Actually what I want to do is get rid of it all. I feel quite ill when I look at all the stuff I have that I bought through insecurity or emotion rather than through need or real desire.

I think I’ve been coming to this point gradually for over a year now. When I looked, for this piece, in my wardrobe to see what I bought since I started my job at the beginning of last year, the list was slim. A handful of simple silk tunics & shifts for work in the summer. Zara in Paris furnished me with a black body con dress for everyday, a denim pencil skirt, a black wool bubble skirt and a couple of pairs of shoes that cld pass for designer for winter. A cream & black polka dotted silk shirt from New Look Limited Edition. Two bargains: A camel coat reduced from $800 to $100 in the DKNY sale, and a $70 (from $1200) black knitted silk YSL shirt & matching thin scarf in the sample sale. My new found earning power meant some investment pieces: A classic tux, a leather biker jacket and a beautiful black, bell skirted winter coat from Theory. And my mother bought me some thigh-high black suede boots from Jaime Mascarolo in Paris during the SS09 collections . And that was it. For a fashion editor that was mighty slim pickings for two seasons.

But the common thread between all those pieces is that they are part of one simple style. They all work together. They are all chic, maybe even grown-up. It’s taken me a long while to get here. My personal style has always been schizophrenic, but working in a Serious Job all last year, with no time to shop or even to worry about clothing myself, made me streamline my style automatically. Restricted packing for the Milan & Paris collections in September made me downsize too: 16 days away in one suitcase. It helps too that now I’m in my thirties, I can recognise the person I am, have no need to experiment, and no longer try to be someone else through my wardrobe.

So, this week, I have made the most enormous pile on my bed of every piece of clothing that I’m not quite sure about, all the pieces I’ve collected and don’t wear, every flea market bargain, each sample sale rush of blood to head, all the tops that don’t quite stretch over my bosom. And I’m Ebaying the lot. That should pay the rent for a while.

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Are you going to post a couple of pictures on the blog of what you’re Ebaying today?

Fabulously Broke in the City

Just a girl trying to find a balance between being a Shopaholic and a Saver.

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Thank you for your lovely post 🙂

I hope you have a great weekend!

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I have been doing the same with my wardrobe since Xmas, and a have got so much stuff to sell on, mostly bought when I was at uni and actually much better off than I am now living in London. Luckily most of my dresses are from Topshop and that always seems to sell on well on ebay.

And, as a fashion editor you will be able to write very good sales pitches on each piece you sell!

Good luck! :o)

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Funny thing… this is the year of saving for me. And I’m being pretty strict about it. So far… I haven’t even had a desire to look at clothes in shops. Other goals are more important than clothes for me this year!

Good going with yours! Purging your closet is always refreshing!

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it really does add up, doesn’t it?!
i trimmed off a bit last week. felt great.

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I can’t wait to see the pictures! Thanks for your visit to my blog too. I love helping other people purge…wish I could come over and see your heap of clothes. 🙂

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I have the exact same feeling about my clothes. Total lack of interest in shopping, and I almost feel burdened how much stuff I own. I unloaded tons on eBay in December and I’m now ready for another round of sorting into piles: donate, give away, eBay…
especially if I end up moving to SE Asia.

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I think you need to post a link to your ebay account after that teaser…

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Here’s to our thirties and more streamlined, confident wardrobes! xx

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Same here – Im ebaying the contents of my wardrobe as I need the cash and I also need the space. A decluttering of a wardrobe is a de-cluttering of the mind I say! Nice to have you back by the way – I promised myself I would comment on your blog posts if you ever came back so here I go! x

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