The path of converting the ‘shopaholic’ me into the ‘capsule minimalist’ me has always been an amusing and interesting one! I naturally want to pour myself a glass of red wine, snort and utter “not a bloody chance” – but in a positive light, I’ll sip my green tea and go with “where there’s a will, there’s a way”.
But maybe before I put down the shopping bags to pat myself on the back, I will take a step back. I’m always open to learning new approaches and gaining further perspectives. If nothing else it will help me make the right decisions when surfing NET-A-PORTER or Asos at 3am. Let’s face it, when surrounded by peace, darkness and nighttime tranquility, the credit card damage can reach a bloody fever pitch when reaching for a bedside iPad !
Words of wisdom
I was introduced to an old saying by a co-worker recently. She is Bulgarian and grew up with the philosophy of: “I’m not rich enough to buy cheap“. I absolutely love this. It got me thinking.
Am I rich enough to buy 8 shirts off the sale rack when I will realistically only ever wear 4 of them? Yet, I certainly don’t feel rich enough to buy that statement designer shirt that makes my heart skip a beat every time I spot it on Instagram. No, surely I’m not rich enough…… or am I?
The truth be told…
This fabulous old saying full of wisdom, focuses on the idea that if you buy tons of cheap and cheerful pieces that are destined for the rag bin after a few wears, then you are more likely to keep having to replace, buy and consume. However, if you invest in some good pieces that will last you countless wears, then you are better off and will spend less in the long run. Nice one Tanya, thank you. I believe the sustainable fashion Queen, Livia Firth and her #30wears campaign would approve!
I reckon there is a lot to be said for this old-fashioned saying. It is so easy to buy 6 sweaters over the winter season – a couple of sweaters at the start of the season, once those marketing ads have grasped us by the heart and wallet, then a few more once the January & February sales call my name with reductions of at least 50% off. Are you any better off for the ‘new season’ group of 6? Is your wardrobe any better off? Is it easier to dress and feel Tip-Top in the morning?? Well, for me, that would be a great big bloody NO! The more choice I have, the harder it is to dress. The more sweaters I have on my shelves, the longer I ponder in the nude, freezing my bare arse, post shower, declaring “I’ve got nothing to bloody wear”!! Even the cat lies on the bed thinking, good god woman, get some clothes on your body and try some salad on your hips!
So speaking of sweaters! Back in November 2015, Black Friday, I woke up at 2am and couldn’t get back to sleep. I had no intention of even visiting NET-A-PORTER (really, I didn’t!). Yet at 2.40am, I found myself ‘tippy tapping’ on the iPad and swiping away at the gems they had marked down on their website. If you have read one of my previous posts, Wish list wonders: The Bella Freud jumper, you will be familiar with her lust-worthy jumpers and how much I adore Bella Freud’s pieces. Low and behold, early hours of Black Friday morning, I lay in bed with my sleeping husband at my side. There I am producing the mime performance of my life. For those brief few minutes I silently squealed, cartwheeled, backflipped and fist pumped the air for 5 minutes. It was performance art in its true glory. This performance art piece will hold the title of: “I’ve just bloody bought a Bella Freud jumper. Jeepers bloody creepers!!!”.
Three days later my magic jumper arrived with a let’s justify this happy whisper of “Happy Christmas to you, Flickers and well done selling those goodies on eBay!”. This delivery however, did not escape any drama. You see I didn’t feel the need to share my purchase victory that Black Friday. After all, hubby was sleeping and in the morning, well, (
there was no bloody chance I was brave enough to confess), it just slipped my mind. Yet, to my horror, just three days later, I had a full frontal shopping confession of an impending DHL delivery on my hands when my husband texted me to tell me he felt sick, so was staying home that day. Bloody hell, how could this happen? Time to explain.
The Bella Rockers Jumper in my capsule wardrobe
This jumper fits the bill of my capsule wardrobe. If you can dress something up and down at a moments notice, then not only are you making your wardrobe work harder, but it makes my life as a working Mum, a hell of a lot easier. Time is precious. This Saturday will see me taking my boys (9 years and 6 years) to swimming classes, a birthday party for the youngest, off to buy some new football shin pads along with the David Walliams new book for the oldest. A glorious day with my boys. I love it!!! I also love tucking them up into bed and then nipping out to meet some lovely mates for some cheeky drinks and nibbles. A good catch up and dissection of our week will be in order followed with many laughs. Busy women like to feel Tip-Top as they juggle their daily tasks. Getting dressed and “what shall I bloody wear?” shouldn’t be one of the heavy juggling balls in the air. Getting dressed with a glance of your reflection should echo the response of “I love this!”
If you begin to have a wardrobe of pieces that you adore and that bring you joy, not only do you want to wear them, but you begin to focus only on those pieces instead of swiping through pages of new season stock at your fave online sites. I’m starting to buy things I truly love. I’m buying things I feel Tip-Top in. I’m buying less, I’m buying better – and because I love these pieces, I think they’ll last. Oh my stars……is this minimal wardrobe thing actually starting to work?!
Proof of the pudding outfit combos
Despite the price reduction of my lust-worthy Merino baby, it was still far from cheap. Not necessarily my usual purchase on a Friday morning. But, this is where my co-workers fabulous old saying truly comes into play. You see this one lovely jumper, means so much to me as it was love at first sight in a magazine article. It holds much greater joy than 5 new season high street sweaters ever could. I love this merino knit rebellious rockers little number. I reckon I’ll still be wearing it in 5 years time. The cost per wear over this time frame is a good’un! Bella brilliance has pride of place in my capsule wardrobe.
St Barts Metallic knit fur tip hat (bought this season – a Winners clearance bargain for $8)
Antoni & Allison faux fur black teddy coat (2 years old)
Bella Freud Rockers jumper (A/W 2015)
Gap black & white striped tank (2 years old)
Industrial black leather biker moto boots (3 years old and brilliant!!)
Gold stars for learning
So there we go. I’m fully aware I’m not rich, dear sweet Jesus, I know I’m not bloody rich. Yet, if we’re throwing this out to to the universe, I would like to add that I believe I’d be good at it! I show great talent and potential for being able to make the most of the title ‘rich and loving it’. But for now I’m proud to say “I’m not rich enough to buy cheap”.
Yes my luxe Bella jumper goes hand in hand with my wardrobe bargains. I don’t need my whole wardrobe to be luxe. It joins forces with my Topshop Jamie skinny jeans (best jeans ever despite the high street price tag!!) and bargain sale $35 pleather Catherine Malandrino pleated skirt. I pair it with my $10 sale gap distressed boyfriend jeans and $15 sale Levi’s straight leg jeans.
The smile on my face comes from the sheer enjoyment of this gorgeous Bella number. A much bigger smile than from standing butt naked staring at my wardrobe at an abundance of ‘blah-ville’ sweaters. So feel free to place a nice shiny gold star on me as I wear my Rockers jumper. Though I understand this theory may not necessarily be everyones cup of tea, I do believe it’s always interesting to read and share sayings and theories from different cultures. What were you brought up with?