Living out of a suitcase for the better part of 2010 taught me an important lesson - I have too many clothes.
It is so easy to spend each season chasing the latest trends. If you are on a budget like I am, it is tempting to succumb to instant gratification, picking up several discount pieces at a time to satisfy that desire for newness. But as my closet has become more and more stuffed, I find I have less and less to wear.
I want to pare down my wardrobe, eliminating all duplicates, ill-fitting items, "what-ifs" and "somedays." I'm declaring a shopping moratorium on black, on polyester, on high street prints, on faux jewelry, on skinny jeans, on cheap cocktail dresses, on non-versatile tops and on ill-fitting "I'll have this altered someday" vintage finds.
Freeing up space in my closet and budget to purchase one or two quality pieces each season will allow me to expand my jewelry collection, refine my own style aesthetic independent of fickle trends, eliminate clutter and live comfortably in minimalist luxury every day.
I challenge all of you to shop mindfully as you enter the holiday season - quality trumps quantity any day, and those with limited budgets can afford quality too as long as you save impulse buys for the chocolatier instead of the department store.