I honestly did not think I could do it.. Go roughly 12 weeks without shopping. I know people who agreed to the contract but violated it anyways. I was not one of those people because I am true to my word unless life-threatening circumstances arise. Luckily, shopping is not one of those. Even when I felt the need arise to go buy something, my mom kept me grounded. The second the Detox was finished, I did go shopping… TJ Maxx, Ross, Maurices… They all called my name, and I gave in. By doing this detox, I saved a good few hundred dollars during the semester, and I learned that I did not have to have everything I wanted. While I am going to buy the Steve Madden knee-high riding boots that I’ve wanted ever since last year, I do not HAVE to have them. It is a nice feeling knowing that I have control over my shopping addiction and that I can suppress that feeling by doing other things such as reading a book. Just because we are allowed to shop now does not mean we have to, and what a relief it is knowing that I saved a lot of money I did not have this semester. It was really a great opportunity to see what I am truly capable of, and I am honestly proud that I did not give in. I may have needed socks or jeans during the semester, but I patched up my jeans and figured out how to work with my socks. For Christmas, however, I have asked for new jeans and socks so as to look less grungy. Thank you Dr. Mary for giving us this opportunity to test our limits and save money during the semester!
I know I am late once again, but I have has so much to do the past week with finals. Now that I am all caught up, I have to say this was a difficult challenge. The beginning of the challenge was the roughest but as it went on it only got easier. Throughout the detox, I realized I can do without material things and learn to budget myself. I learned to manage my self-discipline and shopping habits. The detox helped me bring out my creative side and share it with others through the blog. I learned how to enjoy embracing my own style and having a sort of connection or relationship with my clothes. I got to express my style and share it with others around me. I feel very accomplished after the detox and recommend it for people who are addicted to fast-fashion. I really enjoyed this challenge and glad I participated. Thank you for this opportunity TAM 2500!
In the fashion detox challenge, I have learned that material things aren’t the only thing that can make me happy. I don’t always have to shop when I’m down about something or just bored! I have learned to be creative when it comes to me outfits because I can easily get bored with what I have. ( Hence why I shopped all the time). I have been pretty proud of myself for being able to keep up with this and control my shopping emotions. I didn’t expect myself to be so good with finding new ways to wear things or finding different clothes to mix and match.
I’m going to be honest though… I can’t wait to go home and SHOP!
I’m not sad t see this challenge go, but thanks for the lessons!
I am a tad bit late posting this one because I wanted to do it a week from my last blog. However, this experience has definitely been a wild one for me! I will admit I was nervous beginning this blog because I did not know what to expect. Starting off, it was rather difficult. There were a few times, which I mentioned in my blog, that I did slip up and fall short of the standards of the detox. This detox has taught me so much about my self. Through the detox, I have learned to manage my self-discipline and shopping habits on a whole different level. I no longer feel that I have to shop all the time, but I can now manage the things I want and need. That does not mean that I will not buy myself things that I only WANT all the time, but it simply means that I can manage how many times I feel the need to do that. The blog has also taught me to enhance my creative skills. I have recreated so many garments (mostly shorts) from old, thrift pants. Every time I wear them, even with tights during the cooler season, I receive SO many compliments. I must admit, I am happy I decided to go forward with this blog. I did not think I could complete it, but I came, I saw, and certainly conquered.
Hello fellow bloggers for the last time!
This experiment has been sufficiently helpful to me over the past semester! I have learned how to not impulsively shop (THANK GOODNESS), control myself, get creative with my wardrobe and most importantly SAVE MONEY!!!! I am so happy I was able to participate because I would have never thought I would be able to do it. It really was refreshing just to be able to live without buying things. I think it was a huge mental challenge for me to overcome just to be able to STOP shopping. It was a rough journey but I am so glad I did it.
It’s been swell!!!
In the mist of being done with this detox i forgot to post my last bog. Well I couldn’t be happier with myself. I have learn so much about myself and pushed my self creatively and self control. This shows me how much i get caught up in fast fashion trends and how much money I have been wasting on clothing I never really get the full cost per wear.
There was so much self improvement for me over these pat weeks and I will carry the realizations I have made every time I am shopping.
I do have to admit that if it wasnt for the fact I had to save money for grander adventures I do believe I would have given in weeks ago.The support of my friends and the drive to actually finish a challenge I started was good for me. Not only did it allow me to step back and take a second look at my shopping habits but look at the people around me and see how often shopping was used for social reasons or to have something someone else didn’t have. The behavior was such an eye opener and will be the biggest thing i have learned all semester trough out this class. Glad i did it!
It’s all over now, and yet I haven’t ran out to the mall to buy everything I see. This was definitely a good experience for me, but it wasn’t very challenging. I honestly thought it may have been more challenging, but I was surprised to see how easy it was to avoid even the temptation. I’ve really taken what i’ve learned this semester about style and fast fashion to heart. I don’t think i’ll be returning to any of my old habits of impulse shopping merely because it’s a good deal. I’ll be looking for pieces that reflect my style, my creativity, and myself. But what’s even better is that I have no desire to go buy more clothe right now. Even though I haven’t bought anything new since that start; there really isn’t anything that I feel like buying. I’ve become more at peace with my wardrobe, and have learned to appreciate what is in it. I also enjoy the challenge of constantly creating new looks and idea from old pieces, as if they’re in a continual state of identity rebirth. I’m so glad I participated in this!
What did I learn from all of this? That is a good question! I’m not sure I learned much from this experiment at all. I learned that I am ok at not making clothing purchases for an extended period of time, but even if I hadn’t been detoxing, I don’t believe my budget could have supported many shopping excursions anyways. So did I learn that from the challenge or from living on a smaller budget? I learned that since I came to college I have become less and less creative with my style. I assume this is because I no longer care about what everyone else thinks of how I look.
So what have I learned? Nothing really, I just did this challenge to help out my professor. I figured the more information they could gather the better off they would be whether or not it was helpful, I have no idea.
This detox has been a really interesting experience but very rewarding at the same time. I was extremely hesitate to commit to this challenge, but I am beyond happy that I decided to. I learned so much these past few weeks and have saved a lot of money as well. I have really stepped back and thought about my old buying habits and how I will be changing them and spending my money differently in the future. I learned that just browsing in stores is a great and fun thing. I used to be a huge impulse buyer but these past weeks have taught me to really think before I buy. Even though I really wanted to buy things at some points of this detox, when I left the item behind, often times I immediately forgot about it or realized that it was something that I definitely did not need. From now on, I am going to make the effort to put more thought into making a purchase by leaving it behind and if I really want it/need it, I will go back to the store the next day or two to buy it. In conclusion, I learned a lot more than I imagined to learn before this detox started and I believe this challenge was beneficial to my future and I hope to be able to change my habits and make them permanent ones. Glad everyone survived! Happy Shopping!
I found this fashion detox to be quite an interesting assignment because it allowed me to question why I shop. I took the time to think about the reasons why I wanted to purchase certain items. I feel that for most people in my age group they shop for what is in fashion, while reviewing some of the other students blogs that are doing this detox I have noticed that it was a much easier transition for those who had a consistent style of clothing that they wore that did not change from season to season. I struggled with the change of seasons more than anything during this detox. I did not realize how much money I spend on clothing just because I dont like the