In last week's post, I was packing for my trip to Hong Kong and I'm typing this week's post from my Airbnb in the Lan Kwai Fong neighborhood.
I have to say, I struggled with whether or not I should post anything for the TT series. I can get obsessive with following a routine, even when I enjoy it, but hadn't scheduled enough time before my trip to schedule something to go out. The other part of me thought that maybe I would get inspired and sure enough, in walking around yesterday, one of my travel companions and I were talking about shopping habits.
She was wearing a great pair of Madewell jeans and she asked me about the brands I typically wear which then turned into "what was the last pair you bought?" I had to rack my brain to reply. Even in typing this, I just realized it's been exactly a year. I had a gift card to Stitch Fix that I redeemed in the fall of 2015 and got a great pair of Mavi burgundy pants and then I got one more box before going to Tokyo, requesting stretchy, versatile items specific for travel. I received a pair of Liverpool boyfriend jeans in a light wash which I kept and brought with me on this trip.
In paring down my stuff, I'm not trying to get to a certain number of things. I'm just trying to be more mindful of what I bring into my home, how I'm going to use it, and how I can store it. I'm kind of glad that it took awhile to realize that it's been a year since I bought jeans. I've been really happy with my seasonal capsule wardrobes and feel more confident in having a more defined style than ever before in my life. I used to love retail therapy (don't get me wrong, I still enjoy shopping!) but I've also gotten used to that awesome feeling of being able to see everything in my closet and know that I can grab anything and be dressed in just a few minutes.
For me, this is more a transformation of a daily ritual that used to be stressful (having a stuffed closet with "very little to wear," read: "very little to wear that I felt comfortable and stylish in") and is now much more enjoyable. There's something to be said about being able to easily put something back in it's home right away and maintain that calm, clear space in a bedroom.
I'm curious what others haven't purchased in a while - coats, tops, dresses ... what else?