Since I've completed my year-long shopping fast, a lot of people have asked me if I've been shopping yet. The answer is yes. And it felt so strange. Over the coming weeks, I hope to share some of my thoughts and observations on shopping and building a wardrobe (which is essentially what shopping is--building your wardrobe) as I am now experiencing it with a fresh perspective.
My first observation is the importance of strong basics in a woman's wardrobe. As I mentioned in an earlier post, it's okay (and actually really cool) to have a signature look. This is also a nice way of saying it's okay to wear the same thing day in and day out.
I once read a quote by President Obama about getting dressed:
“You need to remove from your life the day-to-day problems that absorb most people for meaningful parts of their day. “You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits,” he said. “I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.” He mentioned research that shows the simple act of making decisions degrades one’s ability to make further decisions. It’s why shopping is so exhausting. “You need to focus your decision-making energy. You need to routinize yourself. You can’t be going through the day distracted by trivia.”I'm not saying we should take all decision-making out of getting dressed every morning. That would be no fun and most of us don't need to save our brainpower to solve the world's problems. But I do think that having a strong set of basics in our wardrobe that fit us well can help us save time and money in those moments when we find ourselves staring at a closet full of clothes saying, "I have nothing to wear".
I've put together a collage of some of my favorite wardrobe essentials. And in case you're wondering what I've purchased since completing my shopping fast, take a closer look at #1, #2, #3, #7 and #8.