A Minimalists Journey In Fashion And Lifestyle

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If we go back in time, I was 14 when I started my first job at a cafe, and this meant taking responsibility for buying some of my own things. As a country girl, we would go into the city 2-4 times a month. I remember feeling satisfied with being able to buy my own clothes that I’d worked for. In my first year of uni in 2013, I would buy several items each month, and at the end of the year they were either left in the wardrobe or only worn 2-3 times. This taught me a lesson on choosing wisely, spending your money on clothing that will last and embracing your personal style. Over the years, I noticed the only pieces of clothing that I never threw away were predominantly my black clothes.

Our wardrobes should be filled with clothing that we will wear and make use of. In the book L’art de la Simplicité, it talks about how the things we own should have a purpose. This is why it’s important to purchase things that are good quality, long lasting and reflects who you are, in order to be useful. Minimalism doesn’t mean that you need to have the style of only wearing black, white and grey, because well, everyone has a different style. It simply means simplifying your life, not just in clothing materials, but in your lifestyle, relationships, mindset and so on. Decluttering is beneficial in the mind as well as our surroundings, as it sets free unnecessary thoughts and allows a clearer mind.

I think it’s important to mention that minimalism doesn’t mean that you only have seven items in your wardrobe, that you wear for each day of the week. It’s a reminder that we don’t need a lot in order to be happy in our lives, and that we should embrace the things we have. Therefore, you create a sense of satisfaction that isn’t attached to materials, and you have an appreciation for what you do have. It gives a sense of cleanliness and keeps your lifestyle simple, creating a space with less stress. Creating a habit of buying things of good quality means you spend wisely and am more thoughtful about what you’ll realistically use or wear for the next several years.

For fashion lovers, you should embrace your personal style, because it means you don’t buy something impulsively or for instant gratification. I remember in my teenage years, I used to buy things that in the end were not worn anymore because they didn’t completely connect with who I am. Now, I tend to buy from secondhand stores, choose more carefully or only purchase things that reflect my style. Minimalism in Fashion also ties into our lifestyle and the way we live. We live in a society that often feeds off of our fears and insecurities to make a profit, and unfortunately, we are used to this. However, the materials we own shouldn’t be a reflection of our self-worth.

Minimalism lessened my anxiety in my everyday life and made my lifestyle far more comfortable and far more stress-free. Life felt much more meaningful and enjoyable once I let go of toxic friendships, bad habits, unhealthy thinking and letting go of items that I had an emotional attachment to, but didn’t hold any value or use in my life. In The Minimalists, it says Minimalism is the thing that gets us past the things so we can make room for life’s most important things—which actually aren’t things at all. 

Discover more about Minimalism:

The Art Of Minimalism And Letting Go Of Materials

Minimalism: Living Life With Less Things

Book Review: L’art de la Simplicité

138 thoughts on “A Minimalists Journey In Fashion And Lifestyle

  1. I have been getting rid of things that i really did not need but i was keeping them “just in case.” It all started when i first learned the term Minimalism a few years ago. I now have far fewer things than before, but i feel happier. :):)

  2. Being minimalist has always been my “wannabe”, love how you explain it and the thing you said about creating a habit of buying things of good quality is so true it turns the style into something so chic. The only way I will come close to being minimalistic would be in the interior design.
    However loved your post.
    KISSES TDP
    http://thedailypassarelle.com

  3. I agree with you, since I have stopped impulse purchases I look at the things I have totally differently, I appreciate them more, and wear them in different combos that I never thought of before. When you take away the need for more I just felt happier! No pressure xx

  4. Fuck I loved this post! & I’m angry at myself for not finding it sooner! It inspired me a bit if I’m honest.. & when you talk about minimalism lessening your anxiety I relate so much to it!

  5. I always have thought of myself has a minimalist, but after seeing your pictures I realize that I can most definitely get rid of some more items. I hold onto many things that I haven’t thought of as a big deal to keep, but really thinking about it, I don’t use them, and I feel it would be more calming for me to have more open space in my room.

    1. Thank you for your comment, yes I definitely feel like decluttering the things we don’t need or use can create so much more space for clarity, open space and create a calm environment!

  6. This is great, minimalism is a unique and meaningful way of living. I strive everyday to love people more and use things less. Also focusing on using things that are preferably more efficient things that are multi-faceted in uses.

  7. I love this so much. Just lovely. I also grew up also as a small town, “country girl,” so I can 100% relate. I started out working in an antique shop when I was 15, earning my own money, and having the ability to purchase your own clothes. THE. BEST. FEELING. IN. THE WORLD. The feeling of independence. You go girl. I’m a huge lover of minimalism.

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