For the next year I'm going large with the longest style challenge I've undertaken. It is my birthday next week so instead of saddling myself with a new years resolution which involved deprivation, I decided to set a year's style challenge.
Based on the X Factor I put 4 categories into a hat
I didn't have a mentor in mind but the words of my favourite dispenser of fashion wit, namely Diana Veerland and also my default advisor Joan Collins were rolling around in my head so I was very happy when I got the designer category.* I would have been equally happy with home made as there is a particular dress with some Liberty print material I am dying to make. I might count that in or is it cheating? I'm sure Liberty counts as designer.
The rational of a category is to focus you in one area and not allow you too much choice. The beauty of the designer category is the price limits ones options but I can look on ebay, charity shops and car boots as well as the Outnet and others.
I think not being able to buy anything on the high street will stop me buying fast fashion or trend fixes. I can be quite a magpie at times.
My aim is only to buy things I truly love and can pay cash for. No more credit card nonsense. Last year I managed about 16 weeks of no shopping which greatly helped towards paying back my master's loan and as I have another 15 months to go on paying it all back I want to go all out.
If I didn't work as a stylist I would go cold turkey but it might stress me out! Today was the last day of freedom and from next week I'm on the challenge... it will be interesting and I'm determined to 'nail it'. I will own this category!
* The only real elegance is in the mind; if you've got that, the rest really comes from it. Diana Veerland & If life throws you a lemon - make lemonade. Joan Collins