Monday, December 20, 2010

A new lease of life

As I mentioned in a previous post I have taken it upon myself not to buy any 'new' items of clothing for a whole year (with the exception of socks and underwear).  I decided that I was spending too much money on cheaply made but expensively priced clothing that I could only get a short period of use out of before I had to throw them away.  Christmas shopping at the mall has been quite a test of temptations but I am happy to report that so far I have only been buying for others!  However it did get me to thinking about all those items that I have at home and haven't been wearing because they a) need to be repaired or b) need to altered to fit better.  Back in the day people only had a couple of pairs of (well made) shoes and if they got damaged they weren't just thrown in the dump and replaced, they were taken to a cobbler and repaired!  I managed to find at least 3 or 4 pairs of shoes that I would love to wear again.

 The heel bit needs replacing on these lovely ladies.

The front needs to be stitched up on these so I don't get wet toes!

And some are just shoes I have been lugging around with me for way too many years because I never got around to wearing them in.  I bought these black Mary Jane's 12 years ago in Paris and never worn them yet haven't had the heart to get rid of them either!

Basically I have come to the realisation that I am incredibly spoilt and want for things I absolutely don't need.  I have a wardrobe full of beautiful things and yet I still manage to convince myself that I need something else.  If ONLY I had that skirt my whole life would change... yeah right!


  1. You're so right! It's amazing how much money you can save by buying used clothes and shoes. Shoe repair is a dying art but there are still places out there that can fix sad shoes. My husband does leather work so he fixes all of my shoes and what-not for me! :)

  2. That's a good thing! I buy too much (fortunately mostly vintage or second hand, but still)... And I actually have been thinking of trying something like that next year, too. Put a money limit on how much I'm allowed to buy in a month (like 50€ and if I want something more expensive I have to sell something or save from another month) and perhaps a little higher in the beginning of a new season, because then you might need a little more (see, I'm already losing it up a little, heh)...

  3. I think its just inbuilt that as a woman, you always 'just see' something else that you want. I am the same, I have too much (even though it is mainly all 2nd hand), but still - wherever it comes from, its too much! A good challange for the new year and you should definetely repair those beautiful red shoes!

  4. I need to take better care of my clothes too. I have an enormous bag of repairs waiting to go to the shoe shop and dry cleaners!

  5. Ha ha well I'm certainly glad to hear that I am not alone with this problem!