It’s so easy to get stuck in the trap of new-ness. The online influencer culture and the sheer accessibility of being able to buy anything at any time put me in a constant state of wanting. God forbid, I’m greeted by a bare doorstep at the end of the day. Having a package delivered daily has become the new norm.
All too often, I go through my wardrobe and linger on that one piece I’ve tried on 10 times but never worn (I know we all have one). Every time, I’m like, damnit. Why did I buy this? What did I even see in it? I realize I’ve yet again fallen victim to thrill shopping. Buying it because it is new, not because it’s good.
Ya’ll know how it goes, right? You have to get something new to prove you’re a new person, because you certainly aren’t who you were before. I need a new rusty metallic sweater and then I’ll be ahead of the trend. Need a new pair of jeans because my old ones aren’t quite the right leg shape and don’t suit me anymore. I need a new planner to organize my new life because I am sure as hell not the same hot mess I was a day ago. I have new things, therefore I AM NEW.
It’s so silly. New isn’t always better. I am trying to break the cycle. Instead of buying more and more and more, I am challenging myself to get creative with the pieces I already have and love. Isn’t that the point of style anyway? It’s not what you wear but how you wear it. My *new* mantra!