How does the challenge work exactly?
The challenge itself consists of committing to pausing your clothing spending for the month, and creating an outfit with clothing you already own each day. Ideally, you commit to this fully, but hey, I’m not going to judge you if you need to make it a ‘low buy’, or give yourself a hall pass to buy an outfit for a special occasion. You’ll still benefit from the challenge. Surrounding the challenge itself is a raft of supporting activities, including the opening and closing ceremonies, the mid-month styling masterclass, the stylist Q&As, and a whole bunch of other fun stuff. The opening/closing ceremonies and masterclasses will happen on Zoom, and everything else will happen in the Facebook group.
What if I don’t have Facebook?
I have gone round and round in circles over alternatives to Facebook Groups, but there’s really just nothing that’s as simple or accessible to everyone. If you don’t have a Facebook account, consider signing up for one just for the challenge and deleting it afterwards. You’re welcome to join without using the Facebook Group, but you’ll be missing out on lots of the stuff we have planned.
What if I slip up and buy clothes during the challenge?
Hey, it happens. No judgement. If you join the challenge and slip up, you’re still welcome here. In fact, it’ll be a great environment in which to unpack what happened, why it happened, and how to prevent it happening in the future. We welcome you to share your slip ups or struggles throughout the challenge, and if you’d like help to work through it, we’d love to support you. This challenge isn’t about getting a gold star or crawling to the end with a clean sheet. It’s about learning the absolute most we can about our clothing consumption, learning techniques to take forward, and finding joy in the things we already own.
I want to join but I feel like I can’t commit to not buying.
If you’re keen to join the challenge but feel held back by the fact that you know you’re not done buying clothes forever, don’t stress. My question to you would be: why not commit to the challenge, learn a bunch of stuff about your style, your habits, and what you like, and then use that information to buy better in the future? The challenge isn’t just about stopping buying clothing – it’s about learning how to buy better and more sustainably in future. Equally though, if you’re not ready right now, that’s okay. The fact you’re interested is a big step, and you should be proud of that. You can join us next time!
How much time do I need to put into participating?
It’s really a ‘take what you need’ type of situation, but as with many things, the more you put in, the more you’ll get back.
The opening ceremony, closing ceremony and styling masterclass will all be group video calls on Zoom, of about 60-90 minutes each. Bonus masterclasses and Q&As will be 30-60 minutes. Other activities will happen in the Facebook Group, which you can dip in and out of as you need. It’s worth checking in with the Group every day or every couple of days to see what’s happening, join the conversation and get some extra motivation, but you can really play it by ear based on what you need and how you’re feeling.
In the previous cohort of challengers, those that benefitted the most from the experience were the ones who were most active in the group and community.
Other things you’ll need to allocate time to are 1) taking your daily outfit photo. It’s helpful to set aside a time of day you’ll do this. Even if you’re not going anywhere, get into your wardrobe and have a play. We want to be building up that bank of outfits so we can reach for them again in the future. And 2) keeping track of your thoughts, feelings and learnings. You’ll be provided with a workbook to note down anything that came up each day, so setting aside a few minutes each morning or evening will help you maximise the challenge benefits.