Thoughts About Fashion Consuming More Mindfully

In the past few weeks it has been a little bit more quiet here on my blog. But I wasn’t absent from the blogging world, oh no! I was probably reading and discovering more new blogs than I did during all the months before. It is just incredible how the blogging community has evolved and how many inspiring blogs are out there these days.

I have always enjoyed reading more than watching videos. For me there is just nothing better than coming home at night, catching up on all my favorite blogs, dipping into other worlds, and getting inspired by the thoughts and pictures of other people. Last month, I finally found the bookworm within me again, and read many new books that have been on my reading list for so long. Along with that I got a well-needed distance from social media platforms like Instagram. Right now I have an intense need for reading something with substance. I am craving for words with profoundness. It is a little bit ironic since this time one year ago I had the opposite feeling: I fell in love with picture language and consciously distanced myself a little bit from writing and reading. But I guess that’s just how life is…we are all ever evolving and ever changing – and that’s fine. Let’s see what I am gonna write in one year from today, haha.

During these last a bit more quiet weeks, and also during my vacation I took time to think about some topics. Also, about where I currently stand with my blog. I do love to inspire you with my pictures and outfits. Still, the thing with blogging is that you easily lose yourself in this glitter world. You get new collaboration requests by companies, pick something nice, and try your best to present it to you, dear readers, in an aesthetical way. This becomes a routine, and routines can be dangerous – because you stop reflecting, evaluating and thinking about what you are actually doing. Then, there was this very honest blogpost by Franzi that opened my eyes. She wrote:

“I don’t want to wake up someday thinking I invested in the wrong things and values. I don’t want to look back and realize: I have been a product and trend monster.”

Her words hit and touched me really hard. And some of the thoughts and feelings I suppressed for some time have been shaken awake. Yes, as a blogger you want to inspire people, and it is kind of your task to present the latest trends and show new outfits on a regular basis. It is a pressure for most bloggers to keep up with all the latest in fashion. I love fashion, I always did, I will probably always do. I love to surround myself with beautiful things, and present them here on my blog for you in an aesthetical way. But still, I don’t want to lose myself and my values in consumption.

No person in this world needs the 10th handbag with a floral print, the 15th summer dress. But the problem is that there are so many affordable shops out there, and clothing overall has become so incredibly cheap that the single piece loses its value. And sometimes I feel like some bloggers find it to be normal that you own 10 designer bags, and buy five new ones every season. But it is not! It shouldn’t be.

We buy, and buy and buy because we think we need it, or because it is oh so affordable, and often you just realize after shopping that you rarely even wear that particular piece. That’s a waste! Don’t get me wrong, most of us simply cannot afford to buy something that has been produced under optimal working conditions in our own country. And I myself love shops like Zara or Asos as well! But I think being a bit more mindful in what we buy is a good starting point. A little bit more mindfulness what concerns our own consumption. There are a lot of people who perform shopping as a hobby, as a distraction, as an entertainment. And while shopping of course should be fun, I want to pay a little more attention which pieces really do make me happy and which ones I am really gonna wear often.

For a long time, whenever I had some money left I just went shopping, and as soon as I liked something I just bought it – without really thinking about whether I can combine that piece to my existing wardrobe or whether it fits into my wardrobe in terms of its colors. The consequence of such a behavior is that you have to buy even more new stuff so that you can actually wear this new piece – and so you get into a never-ending shopping cycle. I think a lot of us women have that problem with shopping just randomly.

“I have nothing to wear.”

Does this situation sound familiar to anyone? It’s not that we don’t have enough clothes, but maybe the wrong ones. Clothes that don’t fit 100%, we don’t like 100%, clothes that don’t really suit our lifestyle. And instead of heading to the city and immediately shopping the next random piece, maybe we should pause, and ask ourselves instead: What can I change about my shopping behavior?

Quality over quantity. That should be the overall slogan. And for me that doesn’t mean that I want to prefer buying a sweater for 200 EUR instead of 30 EUR. But just being a little bit more mindfully. I want to be sure that I love what I buy to 100%. I don’t want to compromise anymore. Things are things, but we want to be happy with them. They should improve our lives, they should give us joy. This is not the case if we have 50 pieces of clothing we never wear in our closets. I mean how absurd is this actually? We work to earn money, and then we spend it to buy things we don’t really need, which we don’t really like, which we almost never use. Makes no sense!

Being able to be more mindful when going shopping starts with finding your personal style. I already gave you some tipps on that topic here. I personally came my style much closer in the past year. Still, there have been many mispurchases – which upsets me! A new season is about to start now, and this time I want to try hard to make it better. I want to create an autumn capsule wardrobe with pieces I feel 100% comfortable in with pieces I will love to wear. It’s gonna be a challenge but I am excited for this new project!

…and of course I will let you be part of this journey. I want to give you more styling tips here, and write a little more about shopping consciousness, cleaning out your closet etc. For this month, I still have some more holiday outfits to share with you though ?

Beautiful things like clothes and beauty products can make our lives a bit sweeter. But at the end of the day they are just things. And, I don’t want to look back on my life someday saying I invested my money in the wrong ones.

How do you feel about your own shopping behaviour, and fast fashion vs. more shopping awareness in general? So excited to hear your opinions about that topic in the comments!

x Stefanie