As you know, last year I put a halt on needless spending, decluttered my home, and began to focus on how a minimalist approach could improve all aspects of my life, including my wardrobe. Since then, I've only purchased items I'm specifically looking for after assessing my current options and deciding which pieces, if any, would make beneficial additions.
This outfit features three such additions: the pleated skirt I've wanted for six months and waited for warm weather to purchase (to make sure I still wanted it), the striped tee I bought to replace a similar one that wasn't quite right, and the wallet-on-chain style cross-body bag that I can carry inside my workbag during the week and on its own over the weekend.
These items plus a new pair of workout leggings, a striped skirt (to replace the striped skirt that wasn't quite right), a new pair of jeans, a turtleneck sweater, and a blazer comprise the full extent of new clothing I've bought in the last six months. Depending on your shopping habits, that could sound like a lot or a little, but the point is that it feels like the right amount for me right now. So far, I haven't suffered any buyer's remorse, exceeded my allotted budget, or purchased anything redundant. Resisting temptation hasn't been much of an issue, and I feel better dressed than I have in a long time.
Plus, now that I'm buying things more intentionally, my need for new items has already slowed almost to a stop. I have a short list of things I still need/want, and I don't buy anything that's not on the list.
CREDITS: pleated midi skirt — ASOS | striped tee — ASOS | peep-toe shoes — Anthropologie | quilted cross-body bag — Kate Spade | double-face watch — Urban Outfitters