A Tip For Buying Less

I’m written several times about owning less clothes, opting for quality over quantity. It’s taken a long time, but I feel like I’ve finally made some progress. After a big purge this autumn, I’m very carefully thinking about what I’d like to add to my closet. So far, my two favorite additions have been textiles, not styles…


This happened quite by chance, when I found a 100% cashmere sweater at our local DAV. I probably wear it 2-3 times per week. It’s incredibly luxurious, feels like being nuzzled by baby bunnies every hour of the day, holds its shape, and is thin enough for a flattering silhouette. Also, you’re only supposed to wash it 2 times a season, so it’s really low maintenance (although I always wear a tight shirt underneath, to protect it from sweat). Recently, my friend Erin helped me find another cashmere sweater at a thrift store, so I’m wearing cashmere almost every day. While I think the $100 price tag of most cashmere sweaters is totally worth it, I’m thankful to have found mine for so cheap.


I’ve wanted these shoes for years, and so I was over the moon when I opened my early Christmas present from my parents and found a pair. (My 15-year-old sister took one look at them and said, “Aanna, you’re the most stylish grandma I know.” …Thanks?) The deerskin leather is so supple and soft, and quickly conformed to the shape of my foot. I wear them every day. 

It’s been surprising to me how just taking the time or spending the extra money to acquire quality pieces immediately makes you wear less clothes. I don’t need 5 pairs of shoes if I want to wear my moccasins every day. I don’t need 10 sweaters if I blindly reach for the cashmere every morning. It’s making more sense to me why buying quality actually makes for a simpler wardrobe. Another surprise was that I cared more about the feel and quality of the textile than the actual style of the item. I’ve found myself worrying less about whether or not my outfit looks ok, just because it feels so good to wear it! Does that make sense? 

What about you? What are some fabrics or styles that you reach for every time? What kind of quality to you look for? What are some ways you’ve found to buy quality products for less? Do you shoot for a Lean Closet or would you rather have options?

(Top photo via Style Clicker)

Posted by Aanna on Monday, December 15th, 2014

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