The media encourages us to buy, buy and buy. We see beautiful ads and feel that the only thing between us and the happiness is a new pair of trainers. In this case, how can you deny yourself this magical pair of shoes?

Don’t get me wrong, I get it and I also feel this way. I need a blue cardigan to match this dress, a gray one to match the other one. And before I notice I end up with 365 cardigans, one for each day of the year. And than buried under a huge pile of clothes I ask myself: Is there any sense in it?

Do you also struggle with it? Do you buy uncountable amounts of cheap stuff to fill in some emotional needs? Do you have thousands of things and still are not able to pair them with each other? Do you feel you waste money and time on these wardrobe related issues, instead of enjoying your life?

If yes, this post is for you.

Let me share my way how to become a conscious consumer, follow sustainable fashion ideas and do not feel you have to give up on anything.

1. INSPIRATION IS A KEY. Every couple of months check the magazines, Pinterest, Tumblr, etc. and create a mood board. Include all the looks you crave. Check your mood board before shopping and what you include in it, is going to be all that you see in stores.
RESULT- a wardrobe full of clothes you crave.

2. GOAL ORIENTED. Every couple of months clean your wardrobe. Try everything on, toss what sucks and note whatever is missing. I keep a list of must-buys on my mobile, so whenever I am in the shop, I can have a look at it.
RESULT- a wardrobe full of things you need.

3. NEED OR DESIRE? I guess it is quite clear. Before buying, ask yourself:Β  Do I need it or desire it?
RESULT- embracing a wardrobe size.

4. THE NEXT DAY RULE. It happens that item is not on my must buy list, but I really-really want it. It is more less like in I want it all song by Queen, THIS ONE. So if this is the case, I anyway leave it overnight in the store. If I still think of it the next day and additionally I am ready to make an effort to go to the shop, probably it is something really precious.
RESULT- a wardrobe free of impulse buys.

5. THE AVERAGE THINGS. I never buy things that I do not fell in love with from the first sight. Doubts in a shop are never a good sign.
Result- a wardrobe that fits you and your style.
6 HIGH QUALITY, NOT LARGE QUANTITY. It saves time and money. Instead of searching and repurchasing piece you like bi-yearly, buy one that lasts for years.
RESULT- a timeless wardrobe.

7. WILL I WEAR IT 30 TIMES? This one is connected with previous one. Before buying any piece (especially a super trendy one), I picture myself wearing it in 2 years time. I know 2 years is far from today, but think money and style. Do you really need a one-time-stands in your closet?
RESULT- decluttered wardrobe.

8. WOULD I BUY IT, IF IT COSTS 4 TIMES MORE? I used to buy clothes only because they were cheap. I thought, that I can give it a try for a couple of euros and in the worst case scenario it is not such a big waste. I don’t do that anymore, cos I ended up with a dozen of unwearable things of bad quality and poor design.
RESULT- junk free wardrobe.

9. 1 IN, 1 OUT. The last one, but not least is the rule I (try to) follow for the last couple of months. Whenever I buy anything new, I (try) get rid of something old. That forces me to make only thought through purchases.
RESULT- a wardrobe that does not expand as a universe and remains withing descent size.

So here are my tips. Let me know if you have any, I would love to try them.

Following sustainable fashion rules, I attach a look set from pieces I got in second hand stores.

Stay awesome!

(all items purchased in 2nd hand stores)

dress NO NAME (more HERE)/jumper M&S (more HERE)/shoes VANS (more HERE)/jacket ADIDAS (more HERE)/backpack ADIDAS (more HERE)

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  1. Im actually getting better with that. For any new buy, i get rid of something that i have. I’ve also cut down on going to my favorite shopping places

  2. When i donate something i love, i force myself to put it in a bag bellow things so i don’t see it. If i see it, i will get it out and keep it. If i don’t see it, i will forget about it and accept that its gone.

    1. anjage says: Author

      That is a good one πŸ™‚ I need to implement it as well… The other day I was doing closet clean out, prepared some stuff to be tossed, but than the next day, I took out one of the jumpers. I was thinking I am not ready to get rid of it and I am going to use it all the time. And than I anyway didn’t wear it… hahah I will try to get rid of it next time… πŸ˜€

      1. Hehe, yep! Thats the trap i try to avoid. I post on eBay also. The hard part about that, is posting a item that you really dont want to get rid of, but deep down you don’t need it.

        1. anjage says: Author

          This is so true… I also post on ebay and sometimes I delay posting something for ages… Without any reason just like the feeling of having it… So superficial of me πŸ˜‚

  3. This post was definitely written for me haha! I used to be such a shopping addict, constantly buying things to make myself feel happy but now I’m stuck with hundreds of items that don’t fit in my wardrobe and are also not worn regularly. I’m trying to be much more sensible now and I definitely do the next day rule, especially with online shopping. Usually, I find that the feeling passes and I forget about something, which is a sign that I wouldn’t have loved it as much as I initially thought! Also, your outfit is so, so, so lovely in this post! Dungarees are a great versatile piece and you’ve styled them perfectly for a casual daytime look! xxx

    1. anjage says: Author

      It is a magic of a next day rule, isn’t it? It seems I found an essential, but the next day I don’t even remember about it… I guess it was not so essential after all πŸ˜€ Glad you liked the post and the outfit πŸ™‚ Happy Monday! <3

    1. anjage says: Author

      Yeah, there is not much sense in constant buying. To be honest less clothes makes me feel chellanged, but I discovered I enjoy playing with them and styling it much more than before πŸ˜„ Thank you for your lovely comment and visit, Elena. 😊

    1. anjage says: Author

      Its awesome, isnt it? My friends were very sceptical about it, but now the more people gives it compliments. Thanks for visiting!

  4. kinza s says:

    So true!! I’m guilty of having so many unworn pieces in my closet πŸ™ˆ Creeped around your blog a little and I love your writing! Will definitely use these tips next time I go shopping lol!
    xx kinza

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