Lately, I’ve been really feeling the weight of having “too much” in my life. (Yes, I realize this is one of those “first world” problems. Bear with me.) Despite the fact that my closet is bursting at the seams, I never like my options when I get dressed in the morning these days, and despite the fact that my bank account demands a respite, I can’t pry my eyes from the daily deluge of sample sales and Shopbop markdowns, of always looking for something new to add to my already-overflowing closet, of never being quite perfectly happy with what I already have.
Don’t worry, I’m not going all cold-turkey bonkers on you. But I do think there’s some value in maybe culling the noise a bit. Some value in not worrying so much about the “next big thing”, and just buying what feels exactly right, what you genuinely love and can’t wait to wear, not just own. And so, I’ve started making a real effort, friends, to look for…well, if not “perfection”, then at least simplicity, timelessness and either elegance or utility in what I buy.
So, when I came across Cuyana‘s site recently, it really resonated with me. Their tag line? “Fewer, better things.” They’re all about finding you the ideal version of a few key staples, and helping you “live a life of inspired simplicity.” It’s like Walden for shopaholics! And if you do find something you love, that you can’t wait to wear, they’ll send it to you…complete with a prepaid box to return a few things from your own closet that you don’t love (which they’ll then donate for you).
I’m not sure if it’s paradise, but the idea of spending my summer lazing about in the perfect silk boyfriend tunic, carrying one classic tote, and vacationing with a simple-yet-stylish weekend bag sounds pretty close.
Am I alone here? Or have you been feeling the pangs of “too much” too?