As I promised earlier this fall, I would not buy any new clothes for half a year. I’ve kept that promise, and the only thing I’ve bought are things I’ve really needed (stockings, winter shoes, socks). It’s been some strange months, and in order to avoid all the temptations, I’ve tried to avoid the usual suspects (H & M, Zara, Compton de Cottoniare and some small second hand shops here in Brussels). And incredible enough, it is working, in the sense that I don’t feel a strong urge to get new stuff, window shopping or magazine browsing is not all that bad (I know you don’t belive me).
But one day last week, as I looked at the things I had put together in bright daylight, it was totally grey. Not soft, sweet grey, but charcoal grey – losing color grey.
Well, the next day I put on some pink to balance the charcoal from the day before.
Good thing I’m arranging an exchange/swap party for my girlfriends here in Brussel some weeks from now. The idea is to swap clothes, scarfs, shoes, sun glasses, etc. you are tired of with your friends. We give the leftovers to Oxfam. My first exchange party started a discussion. This time, I’ve asked two Belgian redesigners Cloe Billiet (who is opening up Second Style in Brussels soon) and Saskia Videler to come and talk to us about redesigning old clothes. Thanks to Girl Geek Cloe Willaerts, who started Brussels Girl Geek Dinners, and was so kind to send a tweet to her community about my request, I was able to find the redesigners.
Hm, since I started my antishopping campaign, I have noticed that the world economy has taken a sharp dip. Don’t look at me!