You got it (the right stuff). What made it back into my closet so far this year after the big clear out. And how much is too much stuff anyway?
LET’S TALK ABOUT STUFF, BABY
Today I wanted to talk about stuff and in particular, accumulating stuff.
How much stuff I have around me completely affects my mood. I hover somewhere in the middle of liking a small amount of stuff for a while, then wanting to have just a bit more. So, despite my attempts to be minimal, I end up wanting to add a plant to a space or a book, but it has to be just right or I get all irritated. For example, the coffee table having a watch and game controller left on it pushes me over the edge.
While I am probably sounding controlling of my space, I love the feeling that the stuff you bring into your life has a purpose right down to it having a specific spot to go. Not enough space? Maybe it’s not meant to be. Earlier in the year, back here, I talked about the massive clear out I did of my closet. I have since gone through all the other areas of our apartment doing the same. This meant reducing my makeup, books, skin care, etc…
WHAT MADE IT INTO MY CLOSET AFTER THE BIG CLEAR OUT
Anyway, I shared a bit on Instagram last night ( @inspiringwit ) about how picky I have become about what I bring in. Mario tells me I still shop too much, which is probably true. This year I have sold or given away more than 350 fashion items and so far bought 9 new items. Though, in addition to those, I am very lucky to be given items in contra payment as a fashion blogger. It is my job, after all. And I love it! But again, I am picky where they are concerned too. I don’t just want to share everything with you guys, only the best!
I have been trying to take in key pieces I will repeat wear, that will go with a lot of the other items and will last me years. To me, repeat wearing clothes should not have a stigma, it is a smart way to shop and it’s about being savvy with your style.
ONE OF THE ADDITIONS
Today’s look, includes one of my new purchases for the year, this red cami from Anine Bing which I got in the Net-a-Porter sale. It’s still on sale so click over if you like it! I have a few cami tops, but red (one of my fave colours) was missing, so I wanted to add this one in. My favourite black cami top was something I bought in 2011 for $17 and have been wearing ever since. When you buy something well made, that fits properly, it can be with you for a long time. Though, I like that items like suede bags or jeans can age over time too. These jeans were given to me earlier in the year from MAVI. I’ve worn them a lot and they have gotten looser on me. I’d ordinarily not love that but they have felt more relaxed so I am not so fussed.
WHAT IS TOO MUCH?
My question for you guys is, how much stuff is about right? What is too much anyway? So far, if I calculate it out, I have bought just over one fashion item per month. These were from some of my favourite brands, Anine Bing, Aje, Realisation Par, Rixo London and Ganni. I’ve avoided fast fashion where I can and opted for designers that aren’t crazy expensive but aren’t cheap either. The quality is very good and I love every piece. They have all been worn multiple times, which will increase again with warmer weather.
I’d love to know how many fashion pieces you buy each month or each year. Do you have a policy of one out for every one in? Let me know in the comments below.