As a minimalist, some people expect me to say that “I hate stuff”, but honestly, this couldn’t be further from the truth. I LOVE stuff—good quality stuff that adds value to my life.
One of the easiest ways to buy less but better is to get really clear about what you don’t like.
This might not seem very minimalist, but I always keep a running shopping list in my diary. Whenever I feel the urge to click “add to cart”, I write it down instead.
Wear or use your stuff first, make sure it’s really as great as it seems in the shops, and then you can stock up on what you need.
Before a big (or even moderate) purchase, I almost always do research. I want to know about durability, practicality, fit, etc., so I read reviews, contact the vendor, or ask questions on forums.
Before fast fashion and the constant onslaught of new styles, designers would release collections four times a year: winter, spring, summer and autumn. I can only imagine that, for the average woman, her shopping habits would also mirror the seasons.