We don't need as many things as we think we do. This might seem like a contradiction coming from someone like me who has an over average interest in fashion, but I actually mean it. If I had the oppertunity I would start a completely new path after losing my suitcase last month, and invest in only high quality pieces from fairtrade and eco brands. Unfortunately I my economy doesn't allow that right now, so I am going for something in between. I basically buy less. I also care a lot about fabrics, and always check this before buying a garment (favorites: cotton, linen, modal and silk).
It is important to consider how much we need before even thinking about how much we want. I always keep a check list of the pieces I actually need, and try finding the best possible version of these (without spending way too much money). However I do invest a bit more money in a few basic pieces I will be able to keep these for years and years, but make sure to think twice so I am sure they will be used a lot:
- a good quality handbag that can be used for (almost) anything and that fit both my camera and my phone, wallet and other bits and bobs I need
- at least one everyday jacket - leather or bomber (or both. maybe)
- one good pair of jeans (acne is my all time favorite)
- 'basic' shoes (one pair of converse, one of sandals (birkenstocks this summer - in love), one pair of trainers and one of classic high heels)
As my wallet has seen better (richer) days I don't spend much on other things like t-shirts, shorts, dresses and sweaters right now. But that doesn't mean that I don't consider what I buy. I always think it over at least twice before I get something, and if I know that it won't be used much I put it back. It is a nice challenge to work on using the clothes we already have in different ways rather than constantly buying new ones that we don't even have time to wear. Another good reason for buying less is a simple one (at least for me): suitcase space. Traveling back and forth between different countries has thought me to be more conscious about what I actually wear and what I don't really mind leaving behind and therefore should just get rid off.