#SecondhandSeptember What I discovered about what I wear

We’re nearly at the end of #SecondhandSeptember and the 30 days of the no new clothes buying challenge set by OxfamGB. This month turned out to be no clothes buying at all for me.
When I posted this picture on Instagram I said it a bit tongue in cheek but really, it’s true. It turns out this really is my typical weekly casual capsule wardrobe.

capsule wardrobe of jeans and t-shirts

Over these past weeks here are the things I’ve discovered about what’s in my wardrobe and what I wear.  It has been an eye opener for me and will definitely change my buying habits.

  1. If you don’t wear it now you probably won’t wear it ever. I’ve noticed I keep returning to my favourites, wearing them, washing them and re wearing.
  2. You have more than you think. Despite only sticking to my favourites I don’t feel like I have no variety. Mixing and matching, I definitely don’t look or feel as if I’m wearing the same everyday.
  3. Adding a jacket or cardigan or even a bag can make an outfit look different.
  4. If you buy something because you love the colour and style but don’t want to wear it immediately then it’s not for you. I think that’s how we end up with wardrobes of lovely unworn clothes. Swayed by colour and pattern. (That one’s for you @thewilliamsworld).
  5. If you buy an item in the sale did you really want it? I’ve realised the clothing I love I really wanted, I bought it as I didn’t want to miss out. So if you buy in a sale, did you REALLY want it.
  6. Does anyone ever get round to wearing all the shoes? Again I’m picking my favourites and the others are left behind.
  7. My style is very casual, varying from relaxed to smart depending on the day’s activities. If I do buy anything in Autumn I need to remember this.
  8. Because I cut down looking at all the clothing ‘influencers’ on Instagram I’ve noticed the ones I’ve kept up with are very similar in style. This has helped me realise what I like and focus on what pieces I’ll update my wardrobe with when needed.
  9. Also on instagram, I’m keeping away from the, here I am trying on in Zara etc instagram accounts, because really, who wants to see other people try on clothes. They’re not you and unlikely to be your exact shape/size so it’s misleading.
  10. Because I’ve noticed I wear the same things over and over I’m reassured that if I can buy sustainable pieces, spend a bit more on buying what I really want I will absolutely get value for money.


I think a lot of people will relate to my discoveries, hopefully it will help you focus on buying for the long term. Of course there is one other stand out benefit produced from my #SecondhandSeptember and no clothes buying….. a very healthy bank balance.

casual clothing collection


#SecondhandSeptember Oxfam GB


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  • Now that I’m in my 40’s I’ve really changed the way I look at clothes. I’ve created a little capsule wardrobe for my “work” clothes and it’s really working for me. No more standing in front of the closet wondering what to wear. Although I missed Second Hand September, I’ll check out the challenge. It’s a great concept. I can however, go more than 30 days without buying new clothes.

    • Having a capsule wardrobe is so practical, especially for work. I actually enjoyed the challenge & will carry on. Thanks for reading.

  • I very rarely buy new clothes, preferring second hand where I can and making my clothes last – pigs and other animals on our farm do not mind if you have holes in your knees or wear the same outfit more than once! I don’t wash them after just one wear either which I am sure means they last longer. Quality over quantity is always a winner for me and when everyone can be happy with a few favourite items where the people making them were paid a living wage then the world will be a better place. Thank you for linking up with #GoingGreen 🙂

    • Rosie I totally agree with not washing after one wear, I’m just trying to teach my teenager the same 😊