If you’re ready to rein in your shopping, adopting a mindful shopping approach will really help. It’ll be easier to become a more discerning spender, buying only what you need rather than what you want. Wondering how to curb your shopping addiction? It involves taking a step back and practicing these new mindful shopping habits. With the spotlight firmly on sustainability and fashion’s conveyer belt of trends looking to the past for inspiration, must-haves doesn’t have to mean brand new.

Here are 5 habits to adapt in 2021:

1- Appreciate Second hand clothing:

It’s time to forget what you thought about second hand clothes. At times it is a labour of love, but the thrill is absolutely in the hunt. Stuffy work suiting has been cast aside for smart-casual combinations suitable for Zoom calls. Sustainable clothing stores on Instagram have been really popular in Egypt lately, Mostadamn is one of our favorites:

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2. Shop with a List:

If you want to do more mindful shopping, the biggest trick is to always shop with a list. Write down every item you plan to buy before you go to the store. If you’re working on curbing a tendency to overspend, then it’s important to strictly adhere to your list, especially at first.

3. Shop From Small And Independent Brands

The pandemic has been difficult for all brands, big or small. We’ve seen a real emphasis on shopping locally and buying from independent labels where possible. One of the benefits of this is being able to ask questions about where your clothes are coming from, how they’re made and what cost they’re having on the environment.

4- Shop in a Good Mental State:

Similar to shopping hungry, it’s also important to avoid emotional shopping. We’ve all had a rough day or an argument with a certain person in our life where we end up soothing ourselves with retail therapy and over-the-top spending.

5- Take Care Of And Treasure What You Already Own

Rewearing your own wardrobe may sound obvious but, on average, women wear only 20% of their clothes, leaving 80% of unloved items waiting to be worn. Take a moment to assess why you’re no longer wearing it. But, chances are there are pieces that just need a little love, whether that means mending, dry-cleaning or simply storing in a different way.