The Movement towards Minimalism
The social phenomenon of highly successful people culling unnecessary items from their lives, including from their wardrobes.
Highly successful people, and those striving towards that success, have huge dreams, heavy time constraints, long work hours, little play ( and even then they are usually networking), constant decision making, critical balancing between public and private lives, and absolutely no free time to waste on agonising over outfits, shoes and accessories.
Enter, Minimalism (or in specific fashion quarters known as the Capsule Wardrobe) a movement sweeping the fashion, corporate and entrepreneur world where Minimalism equals … minimal stress, minimal time wasting, minimal self doubt, minimal judgement from others, and when stripped back, allows you to pursue passion rather than possessions.
So what is it? Basically it’s … getting back to basics.
As Author Joshua Becker (a writer inspiring others to live more by owning less. Best selling author of The More of Less) says “We are a society drowning in our possessions. People are looking for freedom and rescue. They are searching for new solutions. No wonder the capsule wardrobe movement continues to grow.Those who adopt minimalist principles in their wardrobe choices are discovering more productivity, less stress, less distraction, less expense, and more peace.”
Minimalism began as a movement in sculpture and painting in the 1950’s as simple, pared back designs with often massive (aka statement piece) forms, and then moved into Art, Architecture and Design.
After far too long of greed is good, get more give less, I need more shoes, and my closet is overflowing but what the hell shall I wear today … people are yearning for a simpler life, clutter free, no bullshit, more heart, less judgement and more kindness.
Again … enter Minimalism, where you own a few choice pieces which fit you (forget dieting into something), look amazing, travel beautifully and are timelessly sculptured and worn perfectly at any event or occasion, because Minimalism is always in good taste.
So, how do I, as an Owner of two businesses, a Teacher, a Blogger, a Mother and a Nonna with a social life, a house to run, animals to rescue and a chicken coop that needs building; as a successful co-owner of Glamour Nail Bar, dreamer of huge dreams, super busy, moving from day to night… find time to choose what to wear? … the answer is Minimalism.
My philosophy … keep it simple, chic and sleek, with stunning nails that speak and complement a variety of looks.
My inspiration …Project 333 – the Minimalist fashion project that invites you to pare your wardrobe back to 33 items (or less) for 3 months at a time (or longer as you get better at decluttering your life) including clothing, accessories and shoes.
#Project333 encourages you to donate what you don’t wear – your “take it back to beautiful basics” attitude will bring back some beauty into the life of another person who may need it more than you do.
And I am not alone, headline leaders in their varying fields espouse Minimalism.
President Obama says ‘You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits, I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.’ The late Steve Jobs wore a black turtleneck with jeans and sneakers every day, and Mark Zuckerberg wears a gray t-shirt with a black hoody and jeans as his minimalistic signature look. Albert Einstein wore variations of the same gray suit every day so that he wouldn’t have to waste time deciding what to wear each morning.
Two of my personal favourites are back then Audrey Hepburn who was the queen of minimalist chic with her iconic black Hubert de Givenchy dress, Salvatore Ferragamo flats, and the little basket she loved to carry in place of a handbag, and right now FIGTNY (Fuck It … Going To New York) Minimalist blogger Michaela Babuskova ………who only wears black, grey, white and occasionally nude with accents of silver.
I am bagging up my wardrobe to give away some gorgeous clothes I never wear, and sometimes dreadful things I’ve probably worn too often, and I’m stripping it back to basic and timeless black and white, with my Tiffany jewellery, fabulous footwear and the occasional shout out of something neutral or bright. I may have fewer choices, but every choice I have makes me feel more confident, more beautiful and more free.