October 6


Challenging the Mindset of the Masses: Minimalist Wardrobe

By TicoandTina

October 6, 2014

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Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. ~Mark Twain

Doing something because everyone is doing it or it’s the accepted norm is just as bad, in my opinion, as doing the opposite of what everyone else does solely to be different. Both are thoughtless choices.

Why are we here? How did we get here? Is it a good place to be?

These are questions we should be asking ourselves about every aspect of our lives.

Somewhere along the line, it became a negative thing to wear the same outfit two days in a row or even very close together.

Now, if it was because the clothes were dirty and we needed to wash them, that would be one thing. However, I know that it’s quite common to put the day’s clothes aside and wear one or more articles again at a later date. I also know it’s common to wear the same outfit later in the week if you know no one will be there that you saw when you wore it earlier.

With a preliminary search, I ran across a few assumptions people make when someone wears the same things frequently:

“take a little pride in your appearance”

“insipid and indigent” (boring and poor)

“…people are judged by their appearance… Opportunities will not come your way if you continue to dress like a homeless person who only has one set of clothes.”

Someone else said that they have a hard time finding clothes that they like, so when they do they will buy one in every color because for some reason it seems to be acceptable to wear the “same” shirt every day as long as it is a different color. (And therefore obviously different.)

If someone is quiet and wears the same clothes often, it will probably be assumed that they are a little odd/”off”.

In many other countries, it is much more common to wear the same outfit several days and longer.

We wear a lot of the same shoes and same coats – what is the huge difference?

Maybe we’re just a little snobbish and overly obsessed with our appearance…

You know what, that’s not even a question – the obsessed with appearance part.

I think it’s fun to be able to show personality and creativity through dress, but when it has become draining, stressful, and expensive, something needs to change.

As a teenager I thought it would be just awful to have to wear a uniform to school. Now as an adult, I see how much pressure it can take off.

Wearing the same thing two or more days in a row or close together is NOT the same as being dirty or being poor – and for all anyone else knows, you have multiples of the same thing! My dad has a bunch of the same shirts with slightly different monograms. And honestly, who the freak cares if someone is dirty or poor or just wearing similar clothes – THEY’RE STILL A HUMAN BEING OF VALUE, and it’s extremely small-minded to write them off for something like that.

I will say that how someone carries themselves and interacts with people makes the biggest difference on how they are perceived, and if you are confident, then you can afford to wear the same thing more often 😉

  • Minimalism would encourage you to have outfits that you feel great in and get rid of the ones that you don’t.
  • Minimalism would encourage you to have great staple pieces that mix and match well so that you can enjoy being creative with your wardrobe.
  • Minimalism would encourage you not to have excess that makes dressing take up your valuable time.
  • Minimalism would encourage you to recognize what really matters and challenge common misconceptions about that.

A minimalist wardrobe does NOT mean wearing a monk robe or a nun habit – unless that’s the look you prefer.

And no, a minimalist wardrobe does NOT mean wearing the same thing every day.

But for pity sake, it shouldn’t be a big deal if you do!

My personal preference and goal in developing my own minimalist wardrobe is to have a lot of great accessories to spice things up. Here’s an old, but popular, post where I talked about that: The Secret to a Badass Minimalist Closet.

Later in this series we’ll be talking more about a minimalist wardrobe and various challenges you can try. It’s a game-changer, folks!

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