In today’s fast fashion industry, we’re bound to a vicious cycle of buying more clothes than we really need. At some stage, you feel like you have nothing to wear. Since clothes are cheap, the solution is simple: buy more. But eventually, you end up reaching the same point and the cycle repeats. This is known as decision fatigue.
Having more choices to make in a day, especially in the morning, is detrimental to your decision-making skills. It’s why Zuckerberg only wears plain t-shirts, why Obama is only seen in blue or grey suits, and why Steve Jobs rarely sported anything other than his black turtleneck and blue jeans combination.
They have many more important decisions to make than what they’re wearing for the day, so they cut that decision out entirely. Granted, this is a bit extreme for us normal folk, but it’s a sound approach that can save you a lot of time and money. With this in mind, here’s how you can take a more minimalist approach to what you wear.
Minimalist aesthetic and minimalist lifestyle are two different things. You don’t have to stick to a monochrome collection of basics because, after all, you probably have your own sense of style. But with the countless fads and trends that pop up around every corner, most of us tend to lose touch of our style in the process.
So, to eliminate what you don’t need and figure out what you actually enjoy wearing, start by defining your style. Which silhouettes best compliment your body? Which colours, patterns and fabrics do you enjoy wearing most? Once you know your style, you can work on building a wardrobe around it and cut out unnecessary purchases.
Buying in on temporary trends can quickly empty your wallet and fill up your wardrobe with stuff that you’ll never wear again. This is why it’s important to focus on garments that still and will look good for years to come. Provided they’re also good quality, you can then put yourself in a situation where you’ll rarely ever have to buy clothes again.
Essential staples such as t-shirts, jeans, white sneakers, coats and bomber jackets aren’t going out of style any time soon. That said, you can still incorporate your own style into these staples.
For example, if you’re into the skater aesthetic, you can pick up some quality t-shirts from Boardit that have simple colorways and add a bit of skater flair.
There’s no use in investing in high-quality clothes if they’re still going to be beaten to bits from improper care. Hand-wash delicate pieces, use a steamer instead of an iron, invest in wooden hangers and follow the cleaning instructions on the labels.
Building a minimalist wardrobe will go a long way in making your life easier and saving you money. This will allow you to focus on what really matters and bring you one step closer to your goals.
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