[Pictured: When I had some semblance of "style"...I should point out that neither the headband nor the necklace is mine]
Never did I ever think that I would actually utter (or type) those words.
I've never been one to understand why girls would say they hate shopping. How could they hate something that brought so much joy into my life? I don't think I ever admitted it in my out loud voice, but shopping for clothes used to be quite the obsession for me. Not in a "Confessions of a Shopaholic" type of way, of course. More of a "I want it, I don't care if I have five items just like it, and it is going to be mine."
Then I read up about the capsule wardrobe idea, and decided I wanted to give it a whirl. Spoiler alert: I didn't do it. But I did purge my closet...and then I purged it again. And again. And then more I purged, the more I realized that my closet didn't feel like "me" at all. It all felt too young - crop tops, tie shirts, too tight shorts, frilly dresses. Donate, donate, donate, bye, bye, bye.
Suddenly, it's August and I've started school, which means I'm working less hours. Less hours meant less income, so I adjusted my spending style accordingly. If I didn't absolutely need it, I wasn't spending my money on it.
Fast forward to now, and I'm at the point of the Spongebob episode when after he's told Sandy he doesn't need water over and over again, he finally breaks down and cries, "I NEEEEED IT!" Are you picking up what I'm putting down? In a nutshell, I need clothes.
But here's the issue...I have no idea where to start again!
Now that I'm on a college girl budget again, spending $30 on a new top feels like a waste. Having said that, spending $7.80 on a new top from Forever 21 that will undoubtedly shrink in the wash after the first wear doesn't sound appealing either.
I'm at a (clearly pivotal) point in my life where, for the first time, I don't like shopping. I don't like it because I don't know what I like anymore. I don't know my style, and it's difficult to shop for a new wardrobe when I have no idea what I'm looking for.