Why I Don’t Go Shopping
I used to go to the mall with a little extra cash to maybe find a cute top or trendy pants, but now I don’t include time for that in my life. I have consciously eliminated going to stores to browse or to see if something stands out. Is it because I am truly happy with how I spend my time, that I enjoy the people I surround myself with, and don’t need that dose of buying something in order to feel good? I think that is a huge part of the reason, in addition to being broke with little free time (work, blog, studio, friends, family, travel…). Perhaps most importantly, however, it is because I have made buying an intentional act.
I have set up boundaries for myself regarding what I will buy and I have curated my closet so that my focus is on the plenty rather than the lacking. Don’t get me wrong, I have a list of wants and “needs,” but only to add on and create outfits with what I already have. Thinking about the plenty, I try to create new looks by pairing (or wearing) pieces differently, adding a bracelet, a jacket, or paring it way down. Basics are the most versatile; it wasn’t until recent years that I realized how important it is to have a closet full of essentials!
This brings me back to buying intentionally. By not realizing what a basic was or not investing in clothing that lasts, I have some gaps in my wardrobe. This means I have my shopping list made for me. When I have a little extra cushion in my pocket book, I look for the next basic on my list, but only from stores that I trust or that are within the ethical boundaries I have set up for myself. I stray away from variations of items that I already have because I know that I can add variety through how I style. And I want to clarify that basic doesn’t mean boring…boring is when you don’t know how to style. Because I have curated my closet I don’t have to go shopping aimlessly - I know what I need and can look for the best place to get it.