We did it! The February challenge is all done! One full month of no spending and no repeat outfits is in the books.
Here are my final outfit combos for the month. After that, I’ll talk about the biggest takeaways for the month (and what I’m buying now that I’m off ban!).
P.S. To catch up, here are all the February challenge-related posts.
What I wore
Lululemon cool racerback in deep zinfandel
Sweaty Betty power leggings in lava print
Underneath: lululemon stuff your bra in flash light
What I did: BBG week 7 arms and abs
What I did: aerial silks class
I totally copied my own outfit this time. But what can I say, I just really like this combo! It actually ended up being a bad idea, because the skill we were learning in silks was not compatible with slippery leggings. Woops.
Alala alpine tee
Alala captain crops in cerise
Underneath: lululemon stuff your bra in harbor blue
What I did: BBG week 7 full body
What I did: silks practice at aerial open gym
I wore non-slippery leggings to practice the skill I couldn’t do in class. Worked like a charm!
Lululemon stay on course pullover in pigment blue
Lululemon wunder under crops in parallel stripe
Underneath: lululemon energy bra in fatigue camo
Lululemon cool racerback in black
Alala captain crops in shiny pewter
Underneath: lululemon energy bra in concord grape
Outfit challenge results
For the month of February, I was successful in my mission not to repeat anything from my workout wardrobe, minus a couple of sports bras after I ran out. Over the course of the month, I ended up wearing 24.5 different outfits! (The extra half being one day when I changed my leggings.)
Since I kept my worn and unworn clothes segregated, I went through and counted what was left. At the end of the month, I still had approximately 11 tops, 26 leggings/pants, and 15 crops leftover! Quite a few of the items I didn’t wear were because of functional aspects like temperature. For example, I didn’t wear all of my thermal leggings since most of my workouts were indoors this month. I didn’t count any of my shorts toward my tallies, since the season means wearing them would be pretty impractical.
Although I won’t be strictly limiting my outfits anymore, I plan to make an effort to wear everything left in the stack over the next couple of months. Otherwise, it’ll have to go in the sell/give away pile!
Spending freeze recap + what I’m buying
I also successfully stuck with February’s no spending intention. I ended up with hundreds of dollars leftover that I chose not to spend. It’s such a good feeling to see the numbers go up in my bank account, so I can put that towards long-term savings goals.
After my ban, I do not get to spend all the money I saved. My goal after my spending freezes is to stick with my budget for March, and not dip into February’s excess. Otherwise, that would kind of defeat the whole purpose!
That said, since the freeze is over, I already have some things picked out for my March shopping budget. Here’s what’s still on my radar to buy. Most of my list is actually pretty boring! What’s risen to the top through this process has mostly been fairly practical desires, like new bedding, gifts, and socks (no, really, I need new socks). Here’s a little selection of what’s in my virtual cart.
The first thing I bought was the lululemon sapphire blue CRB. I talked about this one last week, and thankfully it was still in stock in my size, so I scooped one up! As you might’ve noticed from the outfits in this series, I wear my CRBs constantly, so I’ll know I’ll get my money’s worth out of this purchase.
Alala’s new flyback tank is definitely on my list, but I’ll wait until something else new comes around so I can combine shipping.
Along with the more frivolous fashion purchases, I’m also finally free to buy practical things that I’ve been putting off. For example, I decided to try out a couple of Lively’s wireless bras. I gave up wearing normal bras for a little while and subbed them with sports bras because wires were just too painful. Now, I’m trying to compromise with wireless bras, but finding the right fit has been challenging. I’ve found some that I like (this one by Stella McCartney is so wonderful and surprisingly supportive for being wire free), so I’m hoping I’ll have some luck with Lively.
Also on the casual clothing topic, I’ve spent all month pining after Cuyana’s bags. My everyday bag has been in dire need of a replacement for quite some time, but I haven’t been able to commit to something new. I’m eyeballing Cuyana’s swoon-worthy new top handle tote, though it might take me a little bit to save for the price tag. I usually go for black purses, but the other two colors are so beautiful that it’s making the decision tough.
The biggest reason I strive for regular spending freezes is that it always makes me rethink what I do with my money. I strive to live and consume mindfully, and I find I need to mentally reset regularly. Spending freezes serve as a mental fast that helps clean up not-so-great habits and ways of thinking that have accumulated in my subconscious over time. And it always works. I’ve never done a freeze and thought “wow, my spending habits were already perfect and I didn’t learn anything.” It’s always a truly humbling and illuminating process.
That said, this year was the first time I did the freeze in conjunction with an outfit challenge. The additional element of coming up with new outfits completely served its purpose. It served as a great reminder of what I love about what I have, and provided clarity on what I don’t need/love and can pass on to someone else. It definitely made the month more fun and interesting, too. I’m glad I added it in.
In the coming months, I hope to carry many of February’s learnings with me. As I mentioned above, I want to make more of a point to wear everything in my closet on a regular basis. I want to stick with the habit of really questioning myself before I spend money on things. I want to be more mindful of why I choose to keep things as opposed to returning them, and whether that’s a good idea. I want to be mindful of the time that all of this takes–shopping, returning, sorting, selling–so I can make sure I’m spending that time in a positive way, rather than being a mindless spending drone.
If you just wrapped up a challenge of your own, I’d love to hear your recap too!