A Few Good Habits
Streamlining my personal style helped pick up a few good habits along the way. I will admit, I am still a long way from making them permanent ‘muscle memory’. Slowly and surely, we all get there, don’t we? Here is my list of good habits:
- Keeping a track of my clothes: I might be a little intense about tracking my clothing inventory. It is just the kind of person I am! Each time I start a tracker, I love to build a few metrics and pie charts around them (Price, Monthly Spends, Items in each category, Number of times worn, Do I still like it? What don’t I like about it? etc). I update the details once a week. Frankly, I find the process very soothing. Maybe it is just the research analyst in me. It is almost like taking readings in a science experiment. The tracker helps me understand my purchasing behavior, my successes and my not-so-good decisions. Ultimately, it is to know myself better.
- Understanding Cost Per Wear: For someone who keeps such diligent clothing and accessories tracker, I still believe cost per wear is a PHILOSOPHY, NOT A SCIENCE. Cost per wear doesn’t mean you have to wear your luxury handbag to death, or the same bridesmaid dress to every party. For instance, I have a few jewelry pieces which I bought for my wedding day. They are worth a substantial amount of my earnings. I don’t wear them often. But they are still some of my most cherished items. If and when I buy an expensive item, I am not in a hurry to wear it to death. Sometimes one may buy an item with an ‘eye-watering’ price tag to mark a milestone in one’s life. As long as you are not eroding your financial and mental health with that purchase, all is well.
- NOT reading fashion blogs DAILY: I no longer read the typical fashion blogs. In the past, I used to love checking out a few famous bloggers. There was something new to checkout everyday, right? Slowly, all their outfits started to become too crazy or too formulaic or too sponsored. It started to bother me that many of them never repeat an outfit as if it was a thing of shame. I couldn’t honestly subscribe to the madness of building bottomless wardrobes. Also, most outfits did not fit a traditional office or a normal body type or even a normal life! Now, I only read a few blogs – mostly the ones I have listed in my LOVE section. Some of them are no longer active, but I still check on them time to time, hoping to see if they will come back. My eyes are more critical now.
- NO MORE Online Shopping at night! : This is the best thing I am doing to my body, skin and mind. I used to consider online shopping a stress buster after a 16 hour work day. Last year was one of the crappiest years in recent times for me. The general unhappiness combined with instant high of chasing down a particular piece of clothing or shoe was bad for me. Not anymore. It is such a buzz killer and frankly I have other things to take care of. Having said that, it is still a work in progress. The online shopping devil rears its head once in a while. I am learning to tame it!
- Donating or selling things I don’t wear or use any longer: There is so much less clutter in the house. I love it. I am still cleaning out and finding things that I could wear more, give to a friend, sell to a consignment store or just donate. It is such an eye opening process. I am slow to acquire and slow to dispose.
- Giving up ‘The Hunt’: Somehow, we women (and perhaps stylish men too?) make shopping a hunt! We want to find the best deal for the most spectacular piece of clothing. Frankly, It is exhausting and hard to keep track of what goes on sale when, and what website has a better price. Understanding that anything I miss out on will eventually turn up on eBay / consignment stores Or will come back into fashion Or will be forgotten within 10 days is the simple truth that I am constantly drilling into my head now.
- Unsubscribe for Fashion Magazines: During the course of 2016, I unsubscribed from all Fashion and Lifestyle magazines (Digital and Print). The pages are filled with ads. Some times, I am not inspired by even one look in a given monthly edition. I am feeling the itch to subscribe to Porter again, but resisting it strongly. Instead, I read more books – style or otherwise. I watch more documentaries. I enjoy reviewing clothes in movies.
Are there any new habits (style or non-style ones) you are working on right now? Are there any habits that you worked on in the past and reaping their benefits now? I would love to know!