I wanted to write this article for a long time till a discussion at this year’s Fashioncamp finally initiated me to do so. The discussion

was about bloggers as role models and how some of them encourage their fans to buy even more clothes. We talked about mass consumption, the desire for the latest trends and the textile industry (did you know that it takes over 2.000l of water to produce
 one single T-shirt!!?). I honestly never thought about being a role model for someone, but I’m honored if anyone sees me like this! 
I try hard to keep a balance between purchases and sales and to be aware of what I really need (e.g. warm stuff for winter).
 So I thought I’d share some of my experiences with you and maybe I can give you some tips on how to keep your wardrobe balanced:

 I love to do closet-detoxing, which means I regularly browse through my stuff trying to figure out if I really need/wear the pieces. 
I have a special place for the I’m not sure-Pieces and if I haven’t worn them till the next closet-detox I give them away. I sell my
 favourite detox-piecces on my web shop or give them to my friends & family. Fleamarkets are another passion of mine, since I 
love to see people happy when they spot a piece they really like. It’s a win-win situation: They did a bargain and I found someone 
who’s valuing the piece more than me. I myself love to shop on Ebay, most of the clothes are in great condition and cost only a
 few Euros! For example the leather jacket and the camel coat are from ebay and they mean a lot to me! Although I get a lot of
free stuff as blogger I always try to figure out if I’d really wear & value the pieces before I agree on a delivery. 

I try to avoid buying cheap produced clothes, because if a T-Shirt only costs 3€ you can imagine how much (read: less) the
 textile worker got for it. Most of the clothes are produced in India, where the majority of the people earn less than 30€ a month!!!
I could recommend you the ZDF documentary about Primark and their wage dumping! This is not acceptable! I had a closer look at 
my jeans and knits from the pics above, to find out where they were produced. The Diesel jeans are made in Italy, Acne produces in
 Turkey, the Zara & Cheap Monday stuff is from China and Tunesia. My beloved H&M jeans is made in Bangladesh, which hit me hard. 
On the other hand I didn’t expect anything else from H&M. What I’m trying to say is: We can hardly avoid buying clothes made in
 low-wage countries (even my Alexander Wang stuff is made in China!) but we can be concious of where the garment comes from
and how they were produced! I know that it’s sometimes a budget thing but if we all consider what we really need and shop a 
little more conciously we can help to make things a little better. At least we do something. 

The older I get the more I’m aware of my clothes, which means I hardly do any impulse buying. I’m also not really impressed by so
called trend pieces like the Kenzo Sweater back in the days. The only ones I might own is the ACNE Sweatshirt – which I fell in love
with on the runway and honestly bought it before it became an it piece – and the Céline Sunnies. I usually work with moodboards
 and wishlists to find out what I really want/need. For example: On the pictures you can see all of my Fall/Winter jeans and knits. 
There might be one or two pieces missing but that’s pretty much it. Do I want more? Yes. Do I need more? Obviously not. We all
have more than we need (not only clothes) and I’m sure we all could wear lots of different outfits from our closet without the
need of buying something new. Assembling different looks can be so much fun! Just look at your wardrobe and find out what you
 hardly wear and what’s really missing. Maybe you can sell a couple of shirts and buy one warm chunky knit for the winter instead?

Right now I’m focussing on wardrobe basics and try to invest in timeless pieces. They build the foundation of your wardrobe so
 I think it’s a good idea to concentrate on that. I’ll write about that topic really soon but now I wanna hear your thoughts about 
wardrobe balance. How do you handle it? How often do you detox your closet? Your thoughts on mass consumption?

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I’m totally on the same page.
Sometimes it’s quite a struggle between the budget and the eco-friendly wardrobe, but less is truly more.
I’m currently on a new-cosmetic-stuff-detox. Feels quite good…


Wow, that much water for one t-shirt! I didn’t know that…
So good of you to pay attention to a subject like this!

I myself started to detox my closet twice a year a few years ago, and this year I’m focused on investing in timeless pieces. Sometimes less really is more. ;)


TIGER LILY said...

Great post !
I do closet-detoxing several times a year but I can’t stop myself from buying new expensive stuff with the money I get from the closet-detoxing !
I love your pics, you’ve got a pretty cool knit collection for this winter !

Q said...

I have a habit of buying what I don’t need!!!!….. have to focus more…. def need more sweaters for winters….. but I am a sucker for the sales!


Portia Hunt said...

This post completely speaks of how I feel! I wait at least a month before I buy anything now so that I can be sure that I really want it, and I of these items that I buy, I make sure that they are of a decent quality – not just a throwaway-after-a-few-washes affair!


Anonymous said...

Beautiful post. I guess that what makes you a role model!


this is exactly what I’ve been trying to do myself since last year. quality is also something I’ve been trying to value more and more and most of the time that extra bit I’ve spent actually was worth it. xx

Viktoria said...

amazing post! thanks for sharing it!


Daniella said...

Wonderfully said! Great post :)

Take care,
Daniella xox

Mafalda said...

I think this trend is pretty popular at the moment, I’ve bought a few (but expensive I must say) basics that I wear every day: pistol boots, 2 pairs of distressed jeans and a boyfriend jean, 2 t-shirts that I wore all summer, and a great jacket. I sold or gave away all the “toxic” stuff I never wore and I think it’s for the best! Need to find the perfect knit now!
Mafalda ❤

das könnte auch ein Post von mir sein :))). Ich bin absolut deiner Meinung! Ich “detoxe” meinen Kleiderschrank nach und vor dem Winter! LG, Xenia

Laura said...

So ein interessantes Thema, mit dem ich mich auch schon seit einiger Zeit intensiver beschäftige. Vielen Dank für den Tipp mit der Primark Doku, die kannte ich noch gar nicht, aber werde ich mir gleich heute Abend mal zu Gemüte führen ;-) Wenn es um schlechte Arbeitsbedingungen geht, wird immer noch gerne ausschließlich auf H&M verwiesen, dabei tun die werten Schweden mittlerweile schon einiges, von dem sich andere Konzerne noch eine dicke Scheibe abschneiden müssen. Nichtsdestotrotz muss in dieser Hinsicht überall mehr passieren. Allen voran beim Konsumenten im Kopf.

Those words you say are very nice, i agree totally with you! if we can contribute to make things better lets do it. lets think about those childrens who are working hard to make clothes we’re wearing..

Carmen said...

Oh i love this post :-) really good!

Anonymous said...

Zara ist eigentlich am schlimmsten!
Aber gut, dass du das hier ansprichst. :)

Sehr guter Artikel! Ich mache mir schon länger Gedanken zu dem Thema und finde, wir sind alle viel zu wenig aufgeklärt. Ich habe letztlich keine Ahnung, wo und wie die meisten Teile in meinem Kleiderschrank hergestellt worden sind. Aber du hast recht: bewusster einkaufen, würde uns allen mal gut tun. Trotzdem würde ich mir auch von den verschiedenen Läden mehr Aufklärung zum Thema Herstellung in ihrem Unternehmen wünschen.
Ich bringe auch meine Klamotten des öfteren zum Secondhandshop, verschenke sie, oder verkaufe sie im Internet. Davon hat letztlich jeder was. Man schafft nicht nur Platz im Schrank, sondern auch im Kopf :).

Moira Parton said...

This is such a good read and so inspiring too! I struggle with impulse buying a lot and have made the conscious effort to try and limit myself but it’s not easy. I have an overwhelming amount of shoes and clothes. I’ve started to declutter by putting items I no longer want and need in boxes so I can begin selling and donating them. However, I find it hard to dedicate the time and effort into actually getting my boxes of clothes sorted. I am hoping that by the end of this year, I will have at least gotten rid of most of it. And that by next year, I can go through my wardrobe again and be able to organize it more, possibly get rid of more things. =)

Danke für den Artikel.
Auch ich mache mir seit einiger Zeit viele Gedanken um meinen Konsum. Ich habe da sicherlich noch einen langen Weg vor mir, bin aber froh dass ich zumindest mal angefangen habe da an mir zu arbeiten.
Ich miste regelmäßig meinen Kleiderschrank aus und verkaufe die Sachen auf eBay oder auf dem Flohmarkt, aber auch das rechtfertigt nicht den Konsum den ich leider immernoch betreibe. Denn wie du ganz richtig schreibst: eigentlich haben wir alle viel mehr als wir benötigen.
Zusätzlich denke ich auch wie du es ist wichtig sich Gedanken über die Produktion der Artikel zu machen. Leider wird manchmal der: “weniger H&M und Zara, mehr Designer” Weg propagiert, aber zB Boss lässt seine T-Shirts in genau den gleichen Fabriken herstellen wie H&M. Die verdienen nur dann mehr daran. Ich denke da muss man sehr aufpassen. Daher finde ich es auch schade dass die ZDF Reportage nur auf Primark eingeht, denn Marken wie Esprit und co mit deutlich höheren Gewinnmargen sind da keinen Deut besser. (Ich fand die Reportage trotzdem interessant.)
So, und trotz alldem: der untere Pulli gefällt mir echt gut, der sieht so kuschelig aus :-)

I’ve been thinking about this quite a lot lately as well (thank you, fashioncamp!). in comparsion to others i’ve learned that i don’t have so many clothes and i’ve been brought up by my parents to not buy cheap but good clothes that might cost more but won’t be out of season in 2 month. i try to invest more than impuls-buy. i do had my fair share of H&M t-shirts – especially as a teenager – but after seeing it go out of shape/fashion/quality within a few weeks it taught me what my parents always meant: it’s worth not having so much but good stuff.

i love to try and come up with different outfits with the clothes i wear and i do get a lot of compliments from friends. i also love spotting the same piece in different blogposts on fashion bloggers. it just shows me how versatile a piece is and makes me think more about buying it.
i think you’re doing great in this term. keep it up!