FEST- 2012 Wardrobe Challenge

What if you couldn’t buy one new article of clothing, pair of shoes or accessory FOR ONE YEAR? Could you do it? Or would seeing a cute new pair of boots or a gorgeous leather bag be too much to bear?
Local blogger Catherine Fishback has taken on this vow and has created her own wardrobe challenge for 2012. Learning about this challenge and seeing what stylish looks Catherine has created with her wardrobe has inspired the Pier to Peer Girls to take a second look at our current wardrobe and think to oursleves, “Could we do it?” “Should we do it?”
Could you?
Hello Pier to Peer readers! I’m excited to be guest posting about my wardrobe challenge, which I’m documenting fully on my blog, FEST. The challenge is to not buy any new clothes in 2012. Many people think my husband put me up to this idea and while he definitely supports it, the idea was solely my own creation. I began noticing a lot of fashion blogs that featured a lot of expensive, new, and trendy clothing. While these blogs left me feeling inspired, they also left me feeling a little discouraged that I could not afford (or did not have reason to wear) many of the items featured. Thus was born my desire to prove that you don’t need to go to a mall or boutique (or your web browser) to go shopping. There are so many things to be discovered in your own closet!

I believe in a fully utilized wardrobe. When I was younger, I was a bit of a shopaholic. When shopping, I was easily swayed by highly discounted items, even if that item was something impractical or didn’t fit quite right. The result of this behavior? Lots of once or twice-worn clothes and several donations to the local thrift store. As I’ve grown older and wiser, and learned the value of saving and investing for the future, I’ve learned that expensive clothes, especially ones that only get worn a handful of times, are not the best use of money. 

For the last couple years, I have made an effort to put a lot of thought into my clothing purchases and only buy things if they fit properly (being over 6 feet tall, I am very picky!) and if I know I will get a lot of use out of them. I’ve found that through investing in quality pieces that fit well, I don’t need a huge wardrobe to look great everyday. I’m hoping my challenge will help prove this theory and inspire others to focus on purchasing quality pieces that they will wear often and that fit them well. 

Now, you’re probably wondering what my wardrobe looks like! You’ll need to follow the challenge throughout the year to get the full scope, but I’ve highlighted some of my favorite “newly discovered” outfits below.  
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  1. Lindsay says:

    Who is this girl? Such a babe!

  2. So, fun to see my sister post on my best friend from high school's blog. I love you both, and I really love what you're doing!

  3. Melissa says:

    Catherine, I love this idea! I have soooo many clothes in my closet that NEVER get worn.

    I pulled a sweater out this morning that I haven't worn all Winter! THANKS and good luck!