Recently, I have come across many blog posts mentioning minimalism. There seems to be a new trend, which embraces the “Less is more” motto. Rather intrigued, I went on jumping from one blog post to another and getting familiar with this lifestyle.
It all started with a French fashion blog, Balibulle. One day, I came across one of her articles, where she describes her “Capsule Project” and her quest towards the perfect wardrobe, composed of carefully selected items. As I read on, I realised I missed out on a new wave on the blogosphere, inspired by Dead Fleurette. This new wave inspired other bloggers to embrace minimalism, buy less and less items and build a very minimal, yet chic wardrobe, reflecting their personalities and lifestyles. As a an ex-compulsive buyer, Fleurette came to the conclusion that a crazy amount of clothes, shoes and bags don’t bring you happiness. Rather, she experienced the I’ve-got-nothing-to-wear syndrome. Sounds familiar? “Ring A Ding Ding”, that sounded like me. She also points out how buying fast fashion can leave you frustrated after a while, since you can end up with 10 pairs of jeans but none of them makes you feel like you’re worth millions.
At some point, Fleurette also wrote an article about Parisian women, who always exude elegance and a strong inner confidence. One could hardly argue with that since, let’s face it, most Parisians do have that certain je-ne-sais-quoi in their look. She reflects on this “Less is more” philosophy, explaining how quality should always win over quantity. This also made me realise you don’t need to own many clothes to be stylish. More generally, you don’t need many things to be happy. After all, simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
(Chic… minus the cigarette, please)
This doesn’t mean that I’ve embraced minimalism overnight but I’ve learned to be more selective when buying, not only clothes but everything in general. I have a different perspective now. This isn’t easy, especially when you’re surrounded by all the H&Ms and Zaras out there. Of course, I would still be tempted to buy cheaper clothes, even though I try to avoid fast fashion brands as much as I can since this documentary. But that’s another story. 🙂