If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen my spring/summer clothing haul and slight* confession regarding minimalism and where I’m at in my journey. I have practiced minimalism (very little spending on material goods and overall less consumption) for the better part of 2018 and into the new year. It was rewarding and really eye-opening in a lot of ways. But after my no-shop February, the tides shifted. I had a running wish list of items I wanted and/or needed— some things spanning the entire year’s time! IE: items that have been thought about long and hard, and I still thought their purchase was a good idea. I also had the monetary means to afford those things — which is one of the biggest problems (debt) with mainstream consumerism and why I wanted to practice minimalism in the first place.
In wanting these things that already checked all of my boxes, including being from ethical and/or sustainable brands that I support, I still was feeling guilty and shameful. And I know that’s the exact opposite of how minimalism is supposed to feel. I was doing something wrong. So, I started to acquire those items. And you know what? I have felt great about it. These pieces are timeless, so amazingly well made and best yet, 100% ‘me’.
So now, in this season of life, minimalism looks a little different. I still do not impulse buy, and often think weeks about a purchase before I spend, as a way to minimize shopping to only those things I truly love. But instead of limiting myself to no material items at all, I’m focusing on slowly, consciously, thoughtfully bringing things into my home and closet that are true investments, that make me feel good both physically and in my heart. While it my not be “textbook minimalism”, it’s what minimalism currently looks like for me.
So what did I buy? Shop my newest spring/summer pieces below: