Category: Personal Development Written by Sophia Smith
We’re surrounded by an abundance of choices. Thousands of products sit on shelves only to satisfy the somewhat silly human need for differently flavored treats, or cleaning items with various fragrances. As for clothing, the sheer number of designers, brands, styles, and trends can be absolutely bewildering. In response, we find ourselves buying more than we truly need, thus wasting more of our hard-earned income, and more of our precious time on browsing instead of meaningful, soul-nourishing activities.
If we could only count the hours spent among the aisles of clothes, both online and offline, we would be frightened by the time that has already slipped through our fingers. Minimalism, on the other hand, can be truly liberating. It helps us evaluate the true needs of our soul, and it enables us to critically look at our past actions, to learn from them, and grow as human beings.
Mindfulness through minimalism
Technology helps us stay in the know. That is why today’s fashion brands cannot hide from the curious eye of their customer – they have to share their policies. That means you can learn about brands that actually invest in equality, prevent child labor, and reduce waste across the board.
This kind of transparency helps you reduce stress in your shopping cycle, limiting your options to those few, but invaluable brands that live up to your standards. Buying mindfully means that you can no longer afford to buy from brands that don’t respect their workforce as well as the environment.
More comfort through sustainability
Have you noticed that most sustainable businesses nowadays pick natural, comfortable materials that will stand the test of time and not harm Mother Nature in the process? Minimalism in fashion helps you enjoy this principle, too.
Sustainable businesses in fashion allow you to bring nature into your life by choosing fabrics like cotton, bamboo, or linen, as well as many others that help preserve our natural habitats as well as our health. Your skin will love these materials, and you’ll be able to wear them for longer due to their durability – allowing you to enjoy fashion with less.
Multifunctional garments reduce stress
In regions where mindfulness is growing rapidly, such as Australia, business folk tend to make decisions based on purpose rather than whim. That means that women leaders in this country value their time, money, and their own comfort, so they choose pieces that they can wear to work, casual gatherings, and that they’ll feel good in at all times.
If you look at modern women’s dresses in Australia, you’ll notice a prevalent trend of sophisticated simplicity that doesn’t sacrifice comfort in favor of function. Ladies in Australia wear multipurpose clothing and cut down on waste drastically by picking long-lasting, timeless cuts and colors that will minimize effort as well as spending.
Liberating your own time
If you live in densely populated places like New York or Sydney, you’ve noticed just how precious time is, when you need to spend it in transit, waiting in lines, and on hold. Why add one more item on the list that has the same impact on your daily schedule? Endless browsing typically leads nowhere, and you start thinking that you need much more than you really do.
Once you let go of that incessant need to buy clothes and you limit your wardrobe to a few, carefully selected pieces, you’ll free up so much of your time. You can use that time to meditate, amplify your sense of gratefulness, and work on yourself from within.
Living a life of purpose and meaning
As we grow through life, we shape our own priorities, values, and moral principles by which we live. More often than not, we choose based on convenience, while living in a minimalist manner calls for more mindfulness, and letting go of certain habits. For example, minimalist fashion lets you choose the brands you buy from very carefully, so that you live in line with your beliefs.
Minimalism, in that sense, transforms into making a difference every day, as you’ll be able to buy from companies that support fair labor, equal rights, sustainability, and the like. Are you at peace with your soul when you wear a fast fashion garment that you’ll throw out in a few months, so that you can replace it with something “trendier”? Hardly. That is why considering the purpose of your purchase will allow you to align your decisions with your spirit and morals.
Minimalism in fashion is only the beginning. Once you embrace the possibility of living and thriving with less, you’re bound to discover many other aspects of your life where you can do the same. You can use fashion to respect Mother Nature, but also to honor your own values, to cherish your time, but also to set an example. All of these and many other effects of leading a minimalist life through your wardrobe can help you realize the potential of minimalism in every sphere of your existence.
Sophia Smith is beauty and style blogger, an eco-lifestyle lover, graphic designer and a DIY enthusiast. She is very passionate about natural skincare, minimalist wardrobe, yoga and mindful living. Sophia writes mostly about beauty-related topics in her articles. She has contributed to a number of publications including: Eco Warrior Princess, Viva Glam Magazine, How to Simplify and Carousel.
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