Lesson No.1: We Need Far Less Clothes Than We Think
Research tells us that we wear a very small proportion of what we own. The average Brit has 152 items in their wardrobe, but around 57 of them, are never worn.
I have to say this was my experience. On the whole I wore a very small proportion of my wardrobe over the two year period - admittedly I would have worn more if they had all fitted me but I was quite shocked at just how little I actually needed.
Lesson No.2: No One Even Noticed
So often in the past I've hit the shops because I didnt want to wear something I had worn previously, but I recently attended a training day for work and one of my colleagues was being incredibly complimentary of my outfit. She loved my Blazer, really liked the scarf I'd styled it with and thought my shoes were really cute. But I was wearing the EXACT same outfit I'd worn at a similar event just 3 months earlier. It was then I realised that people notice so much less than you think and now if someone was to say to me ' Oh didn't you wear that before?', I'd be confident enough to say 'Yes I love this dress so any opportunity I have, I really like to wear it'.
Also, if someone gives you a hard time for wearing the same thing twice, I'd recommend shopping for new friends rather than clothes!
Lesson No.3: I Saved Money
I'm not entirely sure how much money I saved over the time period as I didn't track my fashion spending prior, but I think it would be fair to say I saved at least £500-1000 per year.
The average person in the UK apparently spends £1000 per year on new clothes and the average American shopper buys 70 new items of clothing each year - that's one every four to five days! When you consider that it's easy to see where big savings could be made for an awful lot of people.
Lesson No.4: Trends Are A Total Waste Of Money
I've been relatively lucky in this category as not all trends suit me that much and I tend to favour classic styles anyway (although I'm sure I bought a few trend led pieces in my twenties!), but sitting back over the last two years, it's really highlighted just how wasteful trends can be from a financial perspective - that must have piece will likely be languishing on an influencers depop in just six months time, not to mention how much of it is destined for the landfill.
Lesson No.5: I Wasn't Less Happy
I wasn't any more happy on balance either (although a growing savings account probably added some element of happiness), but it certainly illustrated that owning more clothes wont necessarily make me happier.
Like most people, I too experience that wonderful feeling when you've just purchased something you love, you cant wait to show a friend etc. But that happiness is so fleeting. True levels of happiness for me did not seem to be influenced by not buying anything.