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A Year Of Thrift Shopping Built The Wardrobe Of My Dreams, But Here’s What’s Next

year of thrift shopping

When my journey to purposeful living first started, I had no idea where it would end. Honestly, I had no idea where it was even headed. So far, it’s taken me through a year of thrift shopping and led to some incredible brands hat I’ve loved sharing with you. I have learned so much about fashion and myself in the time that has come, but it’s time for more. I’m ready for the next challenge. Something that will make my life even more purposeful and help the world.

I’m working towards a minimalist wardrobe.

I would just like to state once and for all that the word “minimal” does not mean boring. This doesn’t mean that I’m throwing away all the prints in my closet or quit adding more items to my wardrobe. It means that my closet is about to get even more purposeful.

Not too long ago, something happened to me that hasn’t happened before. I was getting ready to go out with friends and I tried on five or six outfits. I actually cried out the phrase, “I have nothing to wear” and sat in my closet in my underwear. It was at that moment that I realized that something needed to change. My year of thrift shopping was great and finding new brands have inspired me so much, but something was still off.

year of thrift shoppingThis decision isn’t just coming on a whim after crying in your closet. A drastic fashion change like this takes time, thought, and effort. Those first two have been easy for me. Every morning that I get dressed is a moment that I put time and thought into what I’m wearing. Then came the effort. Although I didn’t start clearing out my closet just yet, I have done my research. I learned that there really is not set way to make a wardrobe more minimal. It looks different to everyone. I’m excited to share what that looks like for me with you.

My boyfriend supports just about everything I do. But when I told him I was going to go minimal with my wardrobe, he said, “there’s no freaking way.”

I can’t blame him, really. Coming from someone who loves — and I mean LOVES — clothing, this won’t be easy. It will be meaningful, though. At the very least it will give me a new outlook on fashion. At the very most it will help the world better and open my eyes to a new way of living. I am buckling myself up for the ride, no matter what happens.

Now, don’t let that fool you into thinking that my days of thrift shopping and exploring new brands are over. Because, let’s be honest, that’s who I am. It does mean that I’m going to learn to live with less. Whether you choose to live less with me or simply just learn about some incredible, purposeful brands is totally up to you.

The fun thing about fashion is that YOU make the rules. You get to decide whether your closet is minimal or overflowing or somewhere in between. My rules haven’t quite been decided yet. I thought that I had rules during my year of thrift shopping. Spoiler alert: I was just getting started. The rules changed again when I started finding Fair Trade Certified, eco-friendly brands that I loved. Now, they’re changing yet again.

What do my minimalist wardrobe rules look like? I have no freaking clue.

I don’t know how many shirts, dresses, or pairs of pants I will keep. Although I have a rough idea of how I want to go through with my closet clean-out and how I will manage what I buy from here. One thing is for sure though — you will be coming with me every single step of the way.

year of thrift shoppingAs far as how I will get rid of clothing, that’s a no-brainer. I will be donating items to the clothing room that I am the director of and selling other on Poshmark. I love the idea of sharing a little bit of my clothing with other people. It’s like the story that keeps on going.

I’ve learned a lot in my year of thrift shopping and journey to live a more purposeful life.

There’s no denying that. But it’s time for another challenge. To push beyond my comfort zone and do something that it both fun and meaningful. This is that thing for me.

I’m going to be sharing the resources that I’ve found and challenges I face along the way. I’m not trying you to convince you to do what I’m doing or make you eel bad about the way that your closet looks. To be completely honest, it’s to make you think about what you put on in the morning. What you wear is up to you, but there should always be a reason why.

Do you have a book, blog post, or Instagram account that you think would help me live more minimally? Leave it in the comments below. After all, we’re all in this together — no matter where you are in your sartorial journey.

xx.

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  • One Sister

    Good luck on your minimalist journey. This is my take on it, hope it gives you some starting points!
    https://cafecaterpillar.blog/2018/04/20/capsule-wardrobe/
    And this is my most recent on fast fashion, though I know I am preaching to the choir here, some of your readers might find it interesting.
    https://cafecaterpillar.blog/2018/06/05/why-fashion-matters/
    All the best!

    June 6, 2018 at 7:51 am Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      Thanks so much! That link won’t load for me, but I’d love to check it out xx.

      June 6, 2018 at 8:27 am Reply
      • One Sister

        The page was extremely slow earlier for me too, but I am having no issues now, maybe you can try again. Thanks!

        June 6, 2018 at 11:02 am Reply
  • Joy

    Amazing, I can’t wait to read more about your journey!! I love what you are wearing in the photos btw!!

    June 6, 2018 at 8:08 am Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      Thank you so much! I’m excited to see where this takes me xx.

      June 6, 2018 at 8:17 am Reply
  • K.M. Sutton

    First girl you are such an inspiration and I have loved tagging along on your thrifting journey and I have learned SO much from you!
    I love that going forward you are going to live a more minimalist lifestyle. And you are right it is different for everyone. I have always been more minimalist (I live in a 200 square foot apartment) but this year I have tried to be even more so, weighing what I buy and if I really need it and always donating/selling if I buy something (My closet can only fit SO much!) I too have a lot of work to do, but I am so excited for you and can not wait to tag alone on this new journey with you! <3

    June 6, 2018 at 10:50 am Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      Thank you SO much! I appreciate your kind words more than you can every know. Thank you for following along with my journey, and it’s so fun to hear about yours as well! xx.

      June 11, 2018 at 7:41 am Reply
  • Gluecksgeist

    I’m excited to see how this is going to turn out!! I feel like I also have too many clothes so I’m excited to read how things go on for you xx

    June 6, 2018 at 2:08 pm Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      Thank you so much! Isn’t it funny how we can have too many clothing, but still nothing to wear? Haha, I am excited to share this journey with you xx.

      June 11, 2018 at 7:42 am Reply
      • Gluecksgeist

        I feel like I always have that problem xx excited to follow you on that xx

        June 11, 2018 at 8:28 am Reply
  • Hadassah S.

    So excited for you! I’m not a minimalist, but I love those type of closets! Excited to see where your journey goes <3

    June 6, 2018 at 3:15 pm Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      Eek, thank you! It will be a challenge, but I am ready haha xx.

      June 11, 2018 at 7:42 am Reply
  • Sophie B.

    I love that you wanna try to “minimize” your closet, minimalism can be such a relief! I think the most important thing is that you get rid of the things that don’t make you happy. I also try to live a more minimalist life, but I think it is a journey rather than a spontaneous decision or act.
    I wish you the best on your journey!
    xx, Sophie

    June 6, 2018 at 3:31 pm Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      Yes! Have you ever read “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up?” My best friends read that book and gives me that same advice all the time xx.

      June 11, 2018 at 7:45 am Reply
      • Sophie B.

        Heard of it, and I have to read it

        June 11, 2018 at 6:07 pm Reply
  • kittyp0p

    My boyfriend wants to have a minimal wardrobe too! I already think he does, but the more donated the better. I just ask him to make sure he’s gotten all the use out of an item before he decides to give it away or recycle it (:

    June 6, 2018 at 9:56 pm Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      I love that! The first step of living more purposefully is to use what you have, you know? It’s really the most important step xx.

      June 11, 2018 at 7:45 am Reply
  • SimpleSerenity

    It’s going to be hard to have minimal wardrobe, but if you build it with basic, high quality pieces then it will be quite easy to achieve, but obviously it will take time. I would advice for you to write down your style, what you like to wear the most and start from there. xx

    June 7, 2018 at 4:55 am Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      I tend to gravitate towards a few key outfits and staples, so I’m thinking it might not be as hard as I think. That’s great advice! Thanks so much xx.

      June 11, 2018 at 7:46 am Reply
  • Dani Kay

    Love following along your journey! I feel like between a few great staple pieces it could be a little easier having a minimal wardrobe. You can do it!

    June 7, 2018 at 10:22 pm Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      Thank you so much, Dani! I will definitely be picking out my few key pieces. I’m also thinking about saving a few of those special occasion outfits, so I don’t feel too lost xx.

      June 15, 2018 at 7:27 am Reply

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