Last fall I attempted to read G.K Chesterton’s The Outline of Sanity (attempt is the key word here because I only made through about three chapters before abandoning it for some lighter reading). However the bit I did read stuck with me and has since made me look at my personal economics quite differently. Written shortly before the Great Depression, The Outline of Sanity discusses property, business and manufacturing. These first few chapters discussed the difference between ‘capitalism’ and ‘proletarianism’. Chesterton makes the strong assertion that unless an individual or economy is actually operating with some ‘capital’ they can’t necessarily be considered a capitalist. Operating within a free market system without possessing capital becomes proletarianism. Thinking about this delineation within the context of the last several years one can see the dangers of not having reserves and living at or beyond one’s means.
With this in mind I have been making an effort to change the way I had been handling my finances. This fresh perspective has had a bit of a devastating affect on my wardrobe. Fashion is a hard hobby to maintain when you’re watching your spending, it’s incredibly easy to find items you desperately need every few days. In my attempt to become more frugal I’ve found myself having to get creative in order to not become completely bored and frustrated with my clothes. Much to his chagrin, I’ve resorted to stealing my husband’s clothes. Despite the pain of not having crisp, new things I do enjoy the look and styling of men’s shirts and sweaters.
Shirt- JCrew (men’s)