Vinnies approached me earlier this year to be a part of their #NewYearNewStyle bloggers challenge.
What was the challenge?
To wear 10 pieces of pre-loved clothing for 14 days – you could choose any 10 you liked, but the outfits had to work around those key 10.
And lets be honest (whether pre-loved or not), most of us tend to have favourite pieces we wear over and over again. So this challenge wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be, because I just picked my favourites!
I also found myself focusing a lot more on my accessories. I tried to choose pieces that were easy to wear and accessorise, and to wear only pre-loved items throughout the challenge (shoes and accessories included). I will be the first to admit I have a love of designer clothing and accessories, and most of those are purchased pre-loved.
I also decided to do the #NewYearNewStyle challenge a little differently. I tested my rusty Illustrator skills and drew my experience.
Did I learn anything from the challenge?
Yes – I have way too many things in my wardrobe! Part of the Vinnies challenge was to help raise awareness about shopping more ethically. As I mentioned, nearly all of the above outfits were purchased entirely second-hand.
I shop at Vinnies and other stores because I enjoy finding quality clothing at good prices. A gorgeous print silk Scanlan & Theodore top might cost $200+ new, but I will find it for $10. And that’s part of the fun. I look for quality items (that generally get me a lot of compliments).
We all probably have too much in our wardrobes. This exercise has taught me that it’s possible to live on the bare minimum, and in reality I probably do anyway. The same clothes end up in the wash every week, to get worn again within the fortnight.
Why not cull out the excess you don’t need? It can be donated to charities like Vinnies (helping people who really need it), or you could consider selling your unworn items.
I read somewhere once that the best way to clean out your wardrobe it to turn all the hangers back to front, and every time you wear something put the hanger back the right way. After six months to a year, the hangers that are still back to front show you what you aren’t wearing (time to sell/donate!).