Learning How to Be a Conscious Shopper

Hi, friends! Welcome back to Stylishly Good Vibes! I cannot believe that December is already here and the holiday season is officially upon us! During the month of December, I always try to dedicate time to write about the things I’m most proud of from the past year, and the steps I will take to make a difference in the new year.

This blog has always been something I’ve been incredibly proud of, and this year is no different.

My blog has always been about fashion, and it always will be. But, I’ve been starting to question the impact of my own shopping habits and how those habits could be rubbing off on my audience. With all the crazy things happening in the world today, I’ve been thinking about how I could make a positive impact, especially with something I love so much, which is this blog.

Back when I started this blog four years ago, I was in a totally different mindset. I would buy stuff just to have it and that’s just not where I’m at anymore. Fashion is materialistic at its core, but it doesn’t need to be perceived in a negative way — if you take a conscious approach to personal style.

Full disclosure, the reason why I wear so much Free People, Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie stuff is because I used to work for Anthropologie. So, my discount applied at all of those places. I’m not independently wealthy by any means, but working in that environment definitely led me to buy A LOT that I didn’t need.

When I moved back to Cleveland and started working at Anthropologie, my love for fashion kind of started to dwindle away in a sense. I started to see how much waste goes into keeping up with the trends. I was so impacted by it that I started to question myself every single time I wanted to buy something.

“Do I really need this?”

More often than not, my answer was always no.

Even when I knew I would be leaving Anthropologie for a new job, I still didn’t buy anything — despite the fact that my discount would disappear when my employment came to a close.

The point I’m trying to make here is that it’s never too late to learn about the impact your personal style has on the world around you. You don’t have to feel pressured by influencers or social media to buy a bunch of sh*t you don’t really need, especially stuff that isn’t doing you or the world any good.

This isn’t to say that I’m going to become a minimalist or environmentalist and never buy any clothes again. Absolutely not! What I’m trying to say is that I’m going to start posting more about my transition into having more conscious shopping habits!

I chose the word “conscious” for this blog post because that’s how I perceive what I’m doing. I’m not swearing off certain brands or stores — I’m just trying to be more proactive about watching where I spend my money and how that purchase is making an impact.

Well, that’s all I’ve got for you today! I’m looking forward to sharing more about the things I learn from being a more conscious shopper!

Until next time!

Alicia

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