The Great Girlfriend Wardrobe Challenge of 2013: In Which My Friend and I Commit To Buying NO NEW CLOTHES in 2013

I repeat, The Great Girldfriend Wardrobe Challenge of 2013: In Which My Friend and I Commit To Buying NO NEW CLOTHES in 2013.

No need to rub your eyes or clean your spectacles… what you read, it’s true:

It’s true. My friend Lisa and I are committing each other and THE WORLD that in 2013 we will use what we have, save a ton of dough and/or not accrue new debt by purchasing ANY clothing items. NOR ACCESSORY ITEMS.



It’s an effort to simplify… not just our closets, but our minds. We believe we have a fashion addiction and just like any “user” we haz gots to go COLD TURKEY.

I’m am a great-big bundle of excited and nervous. What cute trend will I miss out on?


Seriously. Fret-worthy.

Actually it’s not fret-worthy, and that’s why something needs to be done. Too much of my mind space and closet space has been devoted to fashion-y things. What have I/we been missing because our eyes have been distracted by, as Lisa said, “fashion porn”?

What treasures do we already have that have gone unnoticed?

Or how much lies in the recesses of our closets/minds that need to get tossed?

I guess we shall see.


If you want to join us, PLEASE DO! Or if you have something you’ve identified that might be a better thing to go cold turkey on (stationary, craft supplies, POWER TOOLS, or whathaveyou)… Leave a comment! Lisa and I are planning to post regular updates, and if there are enough of us fools determined folks, we might just need to form a group.


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33 Responses to “The Great Girlfriend Wardrobe Challenge of 2013: In Which My Friend and I Commit To Buying NO NEW CLOTHES in 2013”

  1. Lisa says:

    Here we go! Not even looking at my favorite online stores today. Not gonna do it! I’m not even thinking of all the ‘new arrivals’ right now.

  2. Jo says:

    Uuummm, but uuummm, but…. well, you said no ‘new’ clothes. Does that mean you can’t buy ‘used’ clothes either?!?!?!?! What about that? Huh? Uuuummm, goodnessgracioussakes…MUST.BREATHE. πŸ˜‰

  3. Jo says:

    I mean from places like Goodwill, Salvation Army whathaveyou…

  4. Rachel says:

    You two are cray cray.

  5. Lu says:

    Okay. Okay. Are underwear on the list of no buys? How about tights? Shoes? Are those considered clothing? Ladies, how about a GoodWill run? If it isn’t new can I have it? Can I?

    • GREAT questions… tights are OK b/c they get runs, etc… fall into the undergarment category… No ban on undergarments. The sisters… if they need proper holdage, they must get proper holdage. Shoes… no. Goodwill… no. It’s not just new clothes, it’s new to YOU clothes. But borrowing is permitted πŸ™‚

  6. kerry says:

    Jenny & Lisa!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Firstly..”couldn’t you just keep those for sitting events??” – I love you Lisa!!!! Best quote of 2013. FOR SHO’.

    Secondly.. my blog friend (also Jen) is doing a ‘Make Do and Mend Year’ since last September, buying NOTHING new, only from goodwill etc… here’s a link to her blog: http://mymakedoandmendyear.wordpress.com/

    We’re meeting up for tea and cake tomorrow and I’m going to show her this video. And she is going to totally love you gals for this.

    And Thirdly… I’m procrastinating here by saying……. erm…. uhh… Ok I’ll JOIN IN, but…….. If I send you a gift card will you send me one back? hahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You go girlfriends. xx

    • Lisa says:

      Back at you Kerry! I’ll check out her blog… and really THOSE shoes.. there are too good to get rid of, so she must where them for sitting.

    • Oh Kerry!! Hahaha! You know I’d be all cartwheeling if you joined in!… And I need to go check out that site… I LOVE the idea! But sewing scares me. Aaaanywho… how did tea and cake go. I want to do that…. go have tea and cake. That’s livin’ right there!

  7. jennielynn says:

    I’m in with you guys, but making a small modification to your challenge. I can only buy smaller sizes. πŸ˜‰

  8. Katrina Diller says:

    I’m in but bought a scarf yesterday. What do I do?!?!?

  9. Jill says:

    I’d totally join in, but I just started my weight loss plan today so I will HAVE to buy smaller clothes and I’m ok with it. I will, however, join in on the condition that I cannot buy the same (or bigger).

  10. gaylene says:

    I’m in. But I hope you’ll show pictures of some of your outfits as you shop your own closet. We’ll all need ideas to keep our “blah” old clothes looking good πŸ™‚

  11. Lyz says:

    Good luck! I can say it is truly a worthwhile endeavor,

  12. Genius. Crazy. Inspiring. That’s my thought process. But what about gifts and swag????? Can’t wait to follow you on this journey.

    • Yes… all that πŸ™‚ Gifts and swag… if we do not go out and buy, then it’s fair game! So if the husband wants to give a clothing/accessory/shoe gift… it will be warmly received! Probably appreciated more than ever before! And if a brand wants me to show how great their dresses are, I guess they will just have to give me the dress πŸ˜‰ This also includes consignment, etc. I am already seeing that at the end I will discover new gems in my closet, and probably end up getting rid of quite a bit. If I don’t wear it THIS year, I probably never will πŸ˜‰ Eeek. xoxo

  13. Jen says:

    Hey girls!
    Thanks Kerry, for the plug! I have indeed been buying nothing at all new since September last year, including clothes.
    I would totally recommend it-it is awesome! You will get a whole ‘new’ wardrobe, and can also make your existing one work harder…
    It’s all here at http://www.mymakedoandmendyear.wordpress.com
    Best of luck with your challenge-you will have a blast!!

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  15. corrin says:

    No. Never. Couldn’t do it. I went on a 3-month shopping sabbatical last spring and still cheated.

    Godspeed, ladies.

    • Thank you Corrin πŸ˜‰ I think it’s healthy to recognize our strengths and weaknesses πŸ˜‰ Today I was just talking to myself about this as I cleaned my closet… “Am I going to be able to DO this???”

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  17. So I did almost this exact thing in 2011. Bought almost nothing for myself, including shoes for a whole year. Mostly as an economic measure. I wore older clothes, decided I had enough capris, enough jeans, enough shoes and boots, and just made do. I ended the year not really feeling like I’d missed out.
    But also, it wasn’t really a concious decision. Anyway, good luck ladies – I think it’ll be interesting. And character building!

  18. Shell says:

    Oh wow, this would be SO HARD. I’m not even that much of a clothes shopper but totally going without… that would be rough!

  19. sara w says:

    My husband and I agreed to follow a new, responsible budget this year…and clothes are not in that budget. Looks like I’ll be playing along. I’m wondering where to look for ideas on how to rework the clothes i do have…how to make them feel new and how to create new outfits with the old. Tips? Links? Inspiring words?

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