In a time overwhelmed by noise and the ever-present mantra that we all need to own more in order to feel fulfilled, it seems impossible to let that innermost voice surface and show you that less is truly more. Instead of drenching your existence in material possessions and focusing all of your energy on obtaining more of everything, your peace of mind actually depends on your ability to recognize abundance in what you give, not what you take or purchase.
But before you can let go of that deeply-rooted need to stock objects and fill your wardrobe with yet another shirt or pair of jeans to follow the latest trends, you can start small and then expand your efforts to other aspects of your life. Start, for instance, with your style as the most essential form of self-expression. Find a way to express yourself with less, and you’ll discover that you can do the same in all other realms of your lifestyle.
Donate when you think of buying
The allure of your favorite store windows can often be too much to handle, so you cannot resist the temptation and you get something from the latest collection that you’ll probably wear once at best. The next time you find yourself eager to make a purchase and add something potentially useless to your already excessive pile of clothes or accessories, why not set aside the very same amount of money and donate it to a charitable organization?
Does the amount seem too vast? Then it’s equally too much to give for a stylish garment that you won’t glance at twice as soon as you buy it. And rest assured, those in need will certainly be grateful for every cent. Turn this into a habit and put your money where your values lie.
Purge your style
Much like cleansing is necessary in your diet and your relationships, whenever you wish to get rid of toxic influences in your life, take another look into your closet. Chances are, you’re hiding numerous pieces that are unnecessary, a few of them most likely no longer fit, and some are so outdated that you will never feel like wearing them again.
Examine every item of clothing and accessory that you own. Ask yourself: “Does it make me happy? Do I wear it regularly?” If both answers are negative, you know what to do. Donate! Give away, repurpose, pass along to a friend who always admired that particular necklace, just make room for the essentials you’ll actually have a purpose for.
Focus on your wardrobe essentials
Minimalism starts with discovering what you truly need and finding a way not to go beyond those essentials. What would be your wardrobe staples? A pair of durable jeans, a few hand-picked cotton tees, a clean white shirt, a little black dress, and a power suit, perhaps? It all depends on your lifestyle, but you can always adapt to your line of work and your social life. Sometimes, accessories can transform an ensemble, to make that dress look more elegant or casual depending on the occasion.
For instance, a single pair of minimalist rose gold earrings can turn a day look into an evening combination, especially if you add a sleek pair of heels. Swap your wild locks hairdo for a sophisticated bun, and you’re ready for a cocktail get-together. Such details matter the most in your style, so focus on maximizing their purpose instead of adding more to your collection. This is your opportunity to unleash your imagination for creative self-expression.
You already know that fast fashion is one of the greatest culprits of our planet’s state and the environmental damage we’ve caused. It may seem that you alone cannot make a difference, but one smart, eco-conscious purchase at a time, we can all make a grand difference.
Look specifically for select brands that create their collections with Mother Nature and humanity in mind – no room for toxic dyes, dishonest production processes, or mistreated workers. Look for clothing that will last a lifetime, and the clothes that are made of biodegradable materials. With items that will endure so long and retain their quality, and that do not pose a threat to our environment, you no longer need to dwell of getting more items of lesser quality for your wardrobe.
It takes time to evolve your mindset to embrace this new, minimalist lifestyle. Find your own path towards minimalism and focus on developing your overall wellbeing and awareness without giving too much attention to the material – that will only help you evolve as a wholesome human being, not just a fashionable one.