I honestly can’t remember the last time I went on a shopping spree. ‘Shopping spree’. A word I used to associate with all kinds of positive feelings, now something that I can’t seem to bother too much about. I’m not saying I don’t enjoy a bit of personal styling anymore (I do!), and I’m definitely not saying I’ll never go shopping again, but the endless hunger for the next item while still having other pieces – unworn of even worse: untouched! – hanging in my closet? Nope, not happening anymore, and I feel proud as a peacock for it!
As I said, minimizing my wardrobe, looking for more meaningful ways to invest my time and money and basically simplifying the way I look at style doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with withdrawing myself from shopping/browsing as a whole. Just as minimalism doesn’t always mean having less and less. It’s about having enough. It’s about aligning short-term actions with long-term values. And one of my most important style related long-term values is that I want to make sure I get the most wear out of my items. A fun story about the bag I’m wearing in the picture above is that I bought it approximately 5 years ago. Even thought I had been on the hunt for a designer bag at that time (probably something Alexander Wang, as I used to be a huge fan of Wang bags), I didn’t even really think about ordering this one. I knew from the start it was going to be a great purchase (I mean; it has a great size, and it black and uber basic.. couldn’t possible go wrong with that!), but I never expected it to be such a great purchase I haven’t really been looking for a similar sized bag after I got this one. Now thát is what makes a purchase a GREAT purchase if you ask me; when you don’t feel the urge to replace it by something else anytime soon (although I have to admit that I wouldn’t mind replacing or at least adding a classic, black cross body bag right now, because I know I’ll be able to justify spending my money on a bag like that).