I often go through stages where I think I have literally nothing to wear. It’s that kind of empty-wardrobe panic that prompts me to say ‘if I don’t go shopping I’ll have to walk around naked/in my PJs for the rest of my life‘ while stomping about and huffing a lot.
I do have things to wear, though. Of course I do. I have a 27-year shopping habit (you know I was planning my baby gro in the womb) and zero spare coat hangers – go figure. So bearing in mind my upcoming wedding, paltry house deposit and overwhelming shoe collection, today I decided to put away my Visa and delve into the depths of my wardrobe.
After much delving, I came up for air (it’s hard to breathe with a mouthful of polyester tea dress) clutching this Zara dress. I bought it before I started my last ‘proper’ job, so it’s about 3 years old. That’s about as old as things get in my wardrobe – I love a clean slate and often conduct mass clear-outs of my clothing, donating bags and bags to charity. It makes me feel better about filling my life with more grey marl t-shirts and Whistles dresses.
So yes. This is an old dress, in Jen terms. And the best thing about it? Not the money-saving or solution to my nothing-to-wear panic, but the fact it looks better on me now than it did when I first bought it. Cashback.
Do you hold on to clothes or are you a perpetual purger, like me?