I remember as I was younger, and until not so long ago, I used to pack an enormous amount of clothes each time I traveled. My dad always teased me saying that I won’t even get the chance to wear half of them. To prove him wrong I struggled to change outfits at least twice a day.
One of his best fashion advice was “quality over quantity”. It took me quite a while to get its true meaning.
My parents always bought good fabrics and invested in timeless pieces. While growing up, I got the sense of a quality of clothes, but somehow there still were some cheap and not- so- fair pieces that make their way into my wardrobe without even noticing. My closet only got more crowded and I still felt like I had nothing to wear.
I read a book in February, called “Ich kauf nix” – “I’m not buying anything” by Nunu Kaller. It is not the most stimulating lecture, but it was so inspiring to me. After a period with some serious financial struggles, I got my own job and I felt free to splurge. While reading this book, in which the author herself spends a year without shopping for clothes, shoes or accessories, I decided to have a better look at my shopping habit. I observed how I used online browsing to disconnect from work, or to make me feel better (for a short time only) instead of the real pleasures of life. I am not claiming that I don’t enjoy new buys, but I am trying to select what I am buying and most importantly why.
I managed for five months to shop only when I really needed something and to stop spending many hours a week just checking out every new collection on the internet. It doesn’t feel like I am on a slow shopping diet after these months anymore. Instead it feels more responsible and respectful to the environment (and my credit card as well).
I didn’t tell anyone about this “strategy” until a few weeks ago. I didn’t want anybody pointing it out at me just in case it wouldn’t have worked. But after these months, being super proud of my achievement, I told S about it and his reaction was: you are shopping like a man now.
I enjoy rediscovering my older clothes and it‘s so relieving to travel light.
I am curious about your shopping habits and how they’ve changed over the years. Feel free to share your thoughts below.