I’ve finally cleaned out my wardrobe of all the things I don’t really wear, no longer fits properly, and just doesn’t speak to my personal style anymore. I am feeling productive and accomplished. I know you can relate to this feeling. Now the question is, how do I keep up this momentum.
I love fashion and shopping. The urge is always there, but it’s all about being mindful of each purchase before you swipe your card. I wanted to share with you some of the shopping habits I’ve picked up along the way.
Don't Waste Your Money on Trends
I’ve discussed this very topic in length in a previous blog post, but I truly think it’s important to know what your personal style and tastes are. If you don’t it will be harder to stop compulsive shopping. Not all trends work for everyone. And you can save yourself a lot of time and dollars by knowing what looks/trends work best for you and which ones don’t. Remember, it’s all about making intentional choices with every purchase that fits your unique style.
Not Your Personal Style, Put it Back
This rule has made shopping really easy because I’m not wasting time on things that don’t fit within my personal style range. I find myself waiting for the right garment to present itself. No negotiations and no compromises. You have to serve yourself a little tough love when trying to cut back on fast fashion purchases. If it’s not within my personal style, I put it back.
HOWEVER (I love how I’ve also created an exception to this rule haha), use time as your guide. If you’re hesitant about a garment while shopping you should definitely walk away. If it’s not a clear yes, then it should be a clear no. But if weeks are passing you by and you are still thinking about the same garment, it’s okay to go back, revisit, and possibly purchase.
Quality Over Quantity
I will keep this one short and sweet because this is not a new concept. Fast fashion brands are notorious for mass producing trendy products to get them to the stores as fast as possible. Majority of the time it’s in the cheapest quality you can find because they want retail costs to remain low for the consumer. However, low in price does not always mean better. Sure, we all love a good deal but we should also demand better quality, fair wages, fair trade, and sustainable practices. Remember, if you are not paying for your wardrobe someone else is and not in a good way.
Choosing to shop with sustainability in mind is all about a shift in mindset. Now I shop with intention. I don’t buy things because it looks pretty or because it’s on sale. I’m very clear on my personal style which completely eliminates any uncertainty when shopping because I’m not chasing the hottest new trend that does not apply to my tastes.
I am interested to hear about what personal shopping habits you’ve developed over time? Are you a shopaholic trying to curb your craving and taking baby steps? Or are you practicing a more minimalist lifestyle and only buy what you need? Leave your comments below. Can’t wait to keep the conversation going.
Mynka is a personal wardrobe stylist sharing some style tips, outfit inspiration, and using this blog as a platform to continue the important discussions surrounding sustainable fashion.