Header photo of Lake Tahoe by Nathan Dumlao via Unsplash
Hope your 2022 has been off to a great start! I’ve loved reading people’s intentions for the year, such as Elaine’s #LessNew2022.
While I don’t see the new year as a time to completely reinvent myself, I do like taking the time to reflect on where I am and what I’d like to continue investing in for the coming year. And I don’t mean monetary, but time and energy as well.
Thanks to the handy Stylebook app (reviewed here), I can see that 45% of my wardrobe consists of slow fashion, sustainable, me-made or secondhand brands. I’d like to try and push that above 50% this year, with a focus on secondhand items.
In an effort to strike a happy balance between trying a handful of new styles and keeping a minimal footprint, I’ll be adopting the following framework:
1 + 1 + 1
Each month, I am allowed to add the following to my wardrobe:
- 1 new item
- 1 secondhand item
- 1 me-made item
The goal is not to add 36 things to my closet – the opposite, in fact, I’d like to keep that number below 30! Instead, this helps limit the amount of net new clothing pieces I purchase while still allowing enough freedom with the additional secondhand category.
One exception to this framework is gifted items through partnerships. However, I don’t have a ton of these, easily less than a dozen per year. I’ve generally been very selective in only choosing brands / items that I will truly utilize, and will remain so for 2022 as well.
What are your goals for the year? How do you balance exploring new styles or trends while minimizing your impact?