I have always been the same; mildly obsessed with clothes. I wouldn't say it's even fashion; it's the life-long search for the ultimate classic, timeless piece. Of course now, I have amassed a wardrobe that as the seasons change I find I go back to purchases made years ago. But now, even I have maxed out on shopping. There are only so many items of clothing one can own.
|Olivia P...it doesn't mean I don't ache with envy when I see her clothes! Via my design chic|
This year, times have changed and I have resolved to stop the shopping. I have enough. There is no need; there is just a remaining but diminishing want. So instead I have taken to shopping vicariously for friends. I have one friend whose busy-ness precludes her from shopping. After all - who has the time? Well, as it turns out, at the moment I do. Scouring the web for things she would like is almost as much fun as doing it for myself. I figure - this shopping-by-proxy is the way forward.
The key point is: I identify and analyse my need. Why do I want to purchase more? The fact remains that I care what I wear as much as ever, I just see a new approach in actually making do with what I have. I am therefore applying the 30 day rule, as outlined by Zen Habits, if you want it, let 30 days pass before you buy it. The concept being that after 30 days the materialistic need will have evaporated. Let's see!