FASHION: The Minimalist Movement

I. Hate. Clutter. I can barely function when things are unorganized, my bed isn’t made, my desk is messy, and my clothes are everywhere.

I get a little closet envy when I see some of my friends’ very organized, trendy rooms and their clothes are organized by colour or type. The most interesting part about these particular closets is that there never seems to be an overwhelming amount of clothes. Just the right amount.

Lately, I’ve been attempting to purge myself of all the clothes I don’t wear. You know those pieces you bought that weren’t the best quality but they were in? It’s crazy how we spend so much money on mediocre clothes that we don’t absolutely love. I attempt Clothes Purges every few years, but this year I wanted to take on a more mindful approach. I wanted to sell pieces that have never been worn or are in great condition and donate other gently used pieces that can become a part of someone else’s wardrobe. As many of you know, fashion is one of the top polluting industries in the world. Check this out to read about an awesome sustainable fashion company!

I filled three big bags of clothes and went off to different places to either sell or donate them. Sadly, I didn’t get to sell as much as I wanted on Day 1 of my Clothes Purge. It slipped my mind that some stores will only take clothes that are in season. I was too caught up in $$$ to consider this obvious fact, but it was a successful day nonetheless.

Here are some of the pieces I sold.

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Attempting my Clothes Purge got me thinking about those who happily live a minimalist lifestyle like, Bea Johnson. I recently wrote a post about her and her entire family living a zero waste lifestyle. Bea’s entire wardrobe can fit into a carry-on suitcase. I can’t even fit all of my shoes into a carry-on…

There are so many amazing individuals out there living stress-free minimalist lifestyles because they cut out the stress of having to dig through mountains of clothes each day to find an outfit they love. At least, that’s what I think.

For those of you who are more drawn to practicality when it comes to fashion, a capsule wardrobe may be a cool idea! After learning about Caroline Rector‘s minimalist lifestyle, she introduced me to the term. Put simply, a capsule wardrobe is “a mini wardrobe made up of really versatile pieces that you really LOVE to wear.” 

Caroline started her blog, Unfancy, as a way to document her style journey of wearing only 37 pieces of clothing for three straight months. After three months, she can add new pieces into her style rotation. Like I mentioned earlier, imagine never having to struggle deciding what to wear every morning?! Imagine all the money she saves by not shopping for three months?

Here’s a little peak of her outfits:

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Much Love!

MK

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