Rather than less - minimalism is really about having more. By getting rid of things that aren't essential, the theory goes that you create more time and energy for more experiences, more people, and for more things that aren't really things at all. This week editor Laurie Prescott takes advice from the masters of the minimal, and puts the 'less is more' mantra into action.
1 // Analyse your lifestyle
The tip: "Your ideal wardrobe depends on many factors, most importantly your own personal preferences and unique aesthetic ideals. Spend time defining your style and assessing your lifestyle and eventually you’ll figure out your own perfect wardrobe size " - Anuschka Rees
In practice: "I prescribe to a heavily monochrome wardrobe, but I inject colour through accessories and add interest with layers. At work I have to dress smartly and at the weekend I'm rarely seen out of jeans and trainers. So there is no point in having one pair of New Balance but 20 brightly-coloured cocktail dresses. It just doesn't reflect my lifestyle. Time to take inventory."
2 // Do a wardrobe audit
The tip: "Only two skills are necessary to successfully put your house in order: the ability to keep what sparks joy and chuck the rest, and the ability to decide where to keep each thing you choose and always put it back in its place" - Marie Kondo
In practice: "The KonMari method advocates going through *every single item* and discarding those that don't 'spark joy'. If you need to employ crowd-control over a heaving wardrobe, this is the part that is really time consuming. I found it easier to tackle a drawer at a time, so it's not an overwhelming task. I donated everything that was no longer joy-sparking to Oxfam."
3 // Be a smarter shopper
The tip: "Buy less, choose well, make it last. These are the overriding principles of getting smarter at shopping. Focus on fewer items of higher quality; only buy things you truly love; learn to take care of what you own and use or wear them until they fall apart." - Privatelifeofagirl
In practice: "ow I’ve edite y existing wardrobe, I can clearly see what items I am acking and what need replacing. Instead of going out and buying on impulse — cheaply made, fast fashion doesn't last long — I'll consider spending more on pieces that last longer. Also, how many ways can I wear the new item? It needs to work in at least three different outfits to be worthwhile."
4 // Challenge yourself
The tip: "Project 333 is the minimalist fashion challenge that invites you to dress with 33 items or less for 3 months" - Courtney Carver
In practice: "Yes, that includes shoes and accessories. It’s still early days in my minimalism experiment but I already feel like I've created some serious headspace. Now, all my clothes are my favourite clothes, so getting ready in the morning is much easier. I’m left with more time and energy for everything else in my life. I still have considerably more than 33 items though, so next on the list is Project 333. Join me?"