The past few weeks, ever since the end of Lent, I have been thinking about the imbalance of wealth in the world. I've especially been focused on clothing. For an American woman, I don't really have a lot of clothes. However, compared to someone living in an undeveloped nation, I have an obscene amount of clothing. I'm not really a shopper either, but if you get me in a clothing store, odds are I will end up buying something.
Lately I've been wondering, could I handle taking a vow to not buy clothes for x number of weeks? Whenever a "special" occasion comes up, many of us (mainly women) tend to panic and run out to buy a new outfit because we decide we have nothing to wear. But is that true? Do we really have nothing to wear? Or do we have a lot of trendy clothing that are past their expiration date. Which means that we need go out to buy more trendy clothing that will only be worn for that one event and then put in the closet until the next special occasion comes up and we start the cycle all over again?
Taking a challenge like this would be a great test, although I confess I don't know if I'm quite ready for it. But it would probably make me a better steward of money and resources. I might become more careful and plan better when I do purchase clothes. I would probably end up being more selective as to both style and quality. I would make sure my clothes were timeless and not trendy and make sure I have multipurpose clothing that I would carry me through a variety of circumstances.
Not spending any money on nonessentials during Lent has made me much more careful about how I spend money. It is a habit that I like and want to continue. As I slowly get out my warm weather clothing and put away my sweaters, etc., I think that I probably do have all the clothes need to carry me through the spring and summer.
I don't know if I'm quite up for this challenge because I worry that something will happen to a staple piece of clothing and then I can't replace it. But I did manage to make it through the entire Lenten season without any such emergency. Something for me to think about...