7 Tricks to Play Defense Against Shopping Cravings

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There ain't no shame in pulling a windbreaker out of my 5th grade wardrobe and getting it back in the game.

Huddle up,* everybody. Shopping is like any other addiction, one can give it up cold turkey and feel fine for a given period of time, but there are going to be moments of weakness when a player just wants to throw in the towel and go back to his/her old ways. When a craving hits, it's important to take a timeout and look at the source of it; if it comes from the rerouting of a deeper need, then that deeper need should be dealt with head on. 
Other times those desires come from a surface place and can be dealt with accordingly. My yen for shopping sometimes came from boredom with my wardrobe.  In order to not break my 1-year fast, I would use the following seven tricks to play defense against my shopping cravings: 
1// Use your HOME court Advantage...
Where did I pick up the amazing Nike windbreaker you see in these photos? I got it at the Mom & Pop Shop. Maybe y'all aren't so lucky, but my mom doesn't throw clothes away.  If I left dress in my closet after high school, it is still there, finely preserved.  Every year at Christmas I take the time to rummage through the closets to see if anything has "come back in." The Christmas of 2012 I completely SCORED, as the 90s had just started to trend again. There were plenty of items I had considered ugly for years that were now AWESOME.  This particular Nike jacket was my prize possession in 5th grade.  My pudgy grade school physique and the 90s baggy fit served me well in this instance...it is just my adult size.  
2// Get Your Game Face On with a Fresh Coat of Paint...
Before I started my fast I made a rule that I wouldn't let cosmetics take the place of my clothing habit.  If I let that happen, the purpose of the fast would be defeated; I would simply be trading one bad habit for another.  Since nail polish is my cosmetic of choice, I let myself buy one new bottle of polish each month.  I was sure to put a fresh coat of paint on my nails every week so I always felt updated. The same may be true for other people with a brand-new shade of lipstick or eyeliner. The purpose of my fast was not to look unkept, but for a change in heart. 
3// Take a Player off the Bench...
I tend to keep my favorite 10 items, usually the newest items in my wardrobe, on a rotation until they are gradually replaced by the next 10 things I purchase. During my fast I had no new items to rotate in, so around month 3 I went through the "I have nothing to wear" period. Deep in the back of my closet were items I still liked but had temporarily benched, simply because I had forgotten about them.  When I was feeling bored, I would challenge myself to dig one of those pieces from the back of the closet and experiment with different ways of styling it.  Remember, players, the difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little "extra."
4// Play Dress-up like a Champ
During my fast I received an invitation to a 1920s party.  Since I didn't have the option of buying anything, I went in my closet and pulled anything that could have a 1920s feel to it.  I spent time in front of the mirror trying everything on in different, even odd, combinations and sending my the photo play-by-play to my bff for feedback.  I came up with a great ensemble and was told by at least one person I was the best dressed at the party.  CHAMPION.
5// Take Care of Unfinished Business
I am fortunate enough to have sewing in my wheelhouse.  I have bins of clothes that are "to be altered/repaired."  When feeling bored, I would reach into the bin, pull a shirt out and sew that one dumb button back on that landed the shirt in the pile.  Or I would finally chop that skirt to a flattering length.  Usually the alterations would take me an hour or less, which is less than the amount of time I would have driving to the mall and searching for something new and "fulfilling."  She Shoots. She scores.
6// Teamwork
One motto of my fast was "Everything I need is already in someone else's closet." It's a great rule to live by for special events, since those are expensive items people often only wear once.  I am lucky enough to have a boss who has an amazing wardrobe and is also very generous. With her help and the help of a few other kind friends, Cinderella had dresses to play ball, I mean, go to the ball. Teamwork makes the dream work.
7// Mental Trick: Dry Cleaning  
If something in my closet was due to be dry cleaned, I would not hesitate to take it. This trick worked for me because all that cleaning, steaming and hanging on those annoying wire hangers, fooled my brain into believing the item was new again.  "The game is 90% mental, the other half is physical." -Yogi Berra
My struggle is probably different than yours; I needed to do extreme training to put clothes in their proper place in my life.  I hope some of my tricks can be translated into your own areas of struggle. Do you have any tips for not giving in to your own vices/demi-gods?
*I am using the sport chic theme of this photo shoot to use as many sports metaphors as possible. Readyyyyy, set, GO!
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Game on.
 Hanging around the hoop.
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You gotta look your goal straight in the face to achieve it.
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Second place is the first LA-oooz-ER.
My primary goal is freedom. 
The will to win is not so important as the will to prepare to win.
No turning back.

Photos by Aubrey the Swanderer. Follow her on insta @aubreyswander
What is Tikki wearing?...Windbreaker: 1990s Nike from the Mom & Pop Shop, Leggings: F21, Hi-tops: Nike, borrowed.  Mighty Hat: borrowed from the mighty RyGee

1 comment:

  1. So much fun to read your blog :) please keep posting. I'm having a blast!