Minimalism is trending but don’t purge your closet just yet!

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Minimalism is nothing new, it has been around for ages and it had some peak moments a few years ago as a lifestyle choice. But only in the past year I feel like it has become a real trend in fashion. And I’m not talking only about minimalist clothing and accessories but more about a minimalist approach to fashion.
There’s a wave of fashion bloggers right now that swear by their purged closets and “capsule wardrobes”. If you’re hearing this for the first time, a “capsule wardrobe” means a set of clothing, normally around 24 items, which can be mixed and matched to create different outfits. Sounds kind of boring? Well…I suspect it becomes at some point. I mean don’t get me wrong, I get a vicarious thrill watching all the minimalist fashion bloggers and their monochrome Instagram pages, flaunting their sleek and simple outfits, in their uncluttered all white Scandinavian homes. But at the same time I firmly believe that the constant obsession some people have with owning less things is just as bad as the obsession with owning more and more things. You are just obsessing about things at the end of the day, in both cases.

Quite frankly I have a love-hate relationship with this trending concept. I like the idea of being able to live with less, especially now that I have moved to a new home and in the packing and moving process I have definitely realized that I own way too much shit. And I get it, people’s need for simplification in this day and age it’s absolutely normal. We are constantly bombarded and overloaded with information, products, options, activities, everything. People are tired and just feel the need to deal with less. Less clothing in their closets, less junk around the home, less tasks and to-do lists, less stress basically. They need to feel in control again and that’s something I can relate to.
At the same time minimalism scares me because it seems super boring and self-limiting. Wearing the same clothing over and over again, not buying new makeup until you finish what you already have, traveling around the world with a backpack and almost no money, all these “minimalism ideals” will never be in tune with my true nature. I’m not an irresponsible spender and I’ve always lived within my means but to be honest, I want to be able to splurge occasionally without feeling too guilty about it.

However, being the true Testaholic that I am, I feel like I must try out this “trend” a bit more before I completely dismiss it. Today I’m wearing a Cluse watch that has a minimalist classy design and literally goes with everything in my closet right now. I have also added this minimalist marble looking necklace to my grunge choker for a more bohemian vibe. The rest is super simple, some everyday work clothing. On a second thought this minimalism thing might be working out for me just fine. I might even try a “Capsule wardrobe” experiment just for testing purposes only. What do you think?

 

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Draped Cardigan Zara (similar here)

Ruffled Top: H&M (similar here , also love this one)

Watch: Cluse

Marble Stone Boho Necklace: Happiness Boutique
(enter code “testaholic” at checkout to get a 10% discount for orders over 19 Euros-valid until March 23rd)

Jeans: Stradivarius (similar here)

Boots: Mango (similar here and here)

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  • Toto

    Good topic! I recently started looking into minimalism because I am moving from one place to another (the magic of renting). The last move was painful when I realised how much crap i had to move around and find a hiding place for. Since then, i slowly started downsizing my belongings by gradually taking notice of things I wasn’t using. I am nowhere near a minimalist and I think I will never be. But letting go of feelings of guilt of not using an item or wearing a piece of clothing is liberating.

    Minimalism should not necessarily mean not buying clothes or using makeup until it’s empty (this is frugality in my opinion), but keeping only the things you are actually using and enjoy.

    In the end, it’s about feeling comfortable. The success is finding out what your minimalist lifestyle is (that being in the clothing, furniture, books, random items) and strive to be there at all times, without putting that much pressure on you.

    • I agree that it’s about being comfortable. When it comes to us romanians, we have a very difficult relationship with “owning stuff”. There was a time a while ago when “stuff” was not easy to come by so when you had some you hoard it because “you might need it later”. I feel like some of us are still struggling with this mentality passed down by our parents and grandparents.