5 Reasons Why I'm a Fashion Minimalist
Over the last few years, I've been seriously compelled to own less. A lot less. I've pared down my closet (and home) in a major way by getting rid of a ton of stuff. I've kept only what I truly love, I can find my things easily and I have a better appreciation of what I own.
To give you some more details about my journey to fashion minimalism - I started my closet cleanse in the spring of 2012. I went through my closet and got rid of things that didn't fit, were too old, weren't used etc but then gradually, I found myself replacing what I'd taken out and by the end of summer I was back to having a closet full of more things than I needed in my life.
After some serious deliberation, I started my closet cleanse over again. For the second time, I got rid of things that I just didn't need or want, like stuff I purchased for "my fantasy life"- yes really - my "glitz glam fabulous fashion week every day all day" life that is completely unrealistic in the world I live in currently and only ever happens occasionally.
I did a second pass at stuff that didn't fit and stuff that was too old and finally I was able to scale my closet down to a place that was comfortable for me. And over the last few years, I've actually been able to stick to owning a much smaller, leaner closet - I'm super proud about it! (See my post on my once epic handbag collection here)
So why fashion minimalism? Below are five reasons why I'm all about fashion minimalism.
Why I choose minimalism when it comes to my wardrobe
1. It helps me hone in more on my true style
I'm now able to explore my existing closet instead of always buying something new that I wear once or never wear at all. I have fun mixing and matching clothes and picking out new outfits whereas in the past I had a closet full of stuff but struggled to find what I wanted to wear.
2. I'm a more deliberate shopper
Owning less means I'm more deliberate when I actually do go shopping and I ask myself questions like - Will I use this? Does this work well with my current wardrobe? Can I walk in these shoes? I'm all about cost per wear and getting my money's worth for the purchases I make. Want to learn how to apply cost per wear to your purchases? Click HERE.
3. I no longer shop for my fantasy life
For real. No more shopping for my fantasy life - for instance, buying cocktail dresses when I rarely ever go to any cocktail parties or overdosing on sequins when they are not realistic for my day to day life and are not really my style (showing up at my kids school in full sequin swag? um no).
4. I truly believe less is more
Who says owning more is better anyway? There's nothing wrong with using and reusing your items. Luxury goods cost so much money that it only makes sense to wear them and wear them well. I'm also a bigger believer of quality of quantity. I would rather save to buy one thing I know I will wear well than buy a bunch of cheap stuff that will wear out and I'll be putting in the trash later.
5. I save a ton of money as a result
It's amazing how much money I save by not buying random and subpar things. Now my purchases are planned and well thought out for the most part. Instead of shopping for anything and everything, I shop based on my needs and also based on a wish list I have created of things I really want that I know will work with my existing wardrobe. And all that money I save? I put it towards my investment accounts and future financials goals!
While fashion minimalism is not for everyone, I hope this post inspires you to be more deliberate about your shopping and that it helps you determine what you are spending your money on. Most importantly, I hope it helps you assess how you could possibly be saving money for the more important things in your life.
Bola Sokunbi is the founder of Clever Girl Finance and she's passionate about helping women take control of their money so they can live life on their own terms.