I almost slipped yesterday and bought a shirt. My internship took us on a tour of a professional sports team’s stadium, and I found a shirt from the gift shop that reminded me of one my boyfriend has.
After trying it on and deciding I wanted it, I remembered – oh yeah, I’m not buying anything for my wardrobe for four months.
So here I am, two months in, so far so good.
You might recall that I initially toyed with the idea of a capsule, but decided against it because I didn’t know what the dress code would be like at my internship. It turns out the dress is way more casual than I imagined, so I packed away my business professional and have about 40 items in my closet. Yesterday my roommate asked me how I survive with so few clothes.
Honestly, I have run into a few snafus in my freeze:
- My black flats are peeling. I’ve been wearing these all year and I think they are reaching the end of their life. I will try my best to wear different shoes, but these are just so easy.
- My black belt is separating. Meaning, the two pieces of pleather that are holding it together are coming apart. Unlike the black flats, I don’t have an alternative, and my go-to outfit is a button-down shirt tucked into my pants. I’m hoping if I’m gentle with it, and limit my uses to once or twice a week, it will make it to almost the end of the summer.
- My jeans are wearing thin. In the crotch. It’s not an area where I could discretely put a patch and still call them business casual. I got these jeans second hand, and since they are my only pair they get worn a ton. I suppose a solution to this would be shaving my legs more often and wearing skirts. I’m just so lazy.
- My cream cardigan has an ink stain. I’m going to continue to wear it because it’s my only neutral, but it looks shabby.
Well that’s about it! Everything else has been easy peasy.
When my freeze is over, I’m buying a new pair of jeans. Does anyone know where I can find some that are actually jean material? All I find in stores these days are stretchy, and I can’t wear those to work.
Does anyone have a capsule wardrobe? How’s it going?
Anyone else tried a spending freeze?
And where do I buy real jeans (not stretchy ones!)?