When my journey to purposeful living first started, I had no idea where it would end. Honestly, I had no idea where it was even headed. So far, it’s taken me through a year of thrift shopping and led to some incredible brands hat I’ve loved sharing with you. I have learned so much about fashion and myself in the time that has come, but it’s time for more. I’m ready for the next challenge. Something that will make my life even more purposeful and help the world.
I’m working towards a minimalist wardrobe.
I would just like to state once and for all that the word “minimal” does not mean boring. This doesn’t mean that I’m throwing away all the prints in my closet or quit adding more items to my wardrobe. It means that my closet is about to get even more purposeful.
Not too long ago, something happened to me that hasn’t happened before. I was getting ready to go out with friends and I tried on five or six outfits. I actually cried out the phrase, “I have nothing to wear” and sat in my closet in my underwear. It was at that moment that I realized that something needed to change. My year of thrift shopping was great and finding new brands have inspired me so much, but something was still off.
This decision isn’t just coming on a whim after crying in your closet. A drastic fashion change like this takes time, thought, and effort. Those first two have been easy for me. Every morning that I get dressed is a moment that I put time and thought into what I’m wearing. Then came the effort. Although I didn’t start clearing out my closet just yet, I have done my research. I learned that there really is not set way to make a wardrobe more minimal. It looks different to everyone. I’m excited to share what that looks like for me with you.
My boyfriend supports just about everything I do. But when I told him I was going to go minimal with my wardrobe, he said, “there’s no freaking way.”
I can’t blame him, really. Coming from someone who loves — and I mean LOVES — clothing, this won’t be easy. It will be meaningful, though. At the very least it will give me a new outlook on fashion. At the very most it will help the world better and open my eyes to a new way of living. I am buckling myself up for the ride, no matter what happens.
Now, don’t let that fool you into thinking that my days of thrift shopping and exploring new brands are over. Because, let’s be honest, that’s who I am. It does mean that I’m going to learn to live with less. Whether you choose to live less with me or simply just learn about some incredible, purposeful brands is totally up to you.
The fun thing about fashion is that YOU make the rules. You get to decide whether your closet is minimal or overflowing or somewhere in between. My rules haven’t quite been decided yet. I thought that I had rules during my year of thrift shopping. Spoiler alert: I was just getting started. The rules changed again when I started finding Fair Trade Certified, eco-friendly brands that I loved. Now, they’re changing yet again.
What do my minimalist wardrobe rules look like? I have no freaking clue.
I don’t know how many shirts, dresses, or pairs of pants I will keep. Although I have a rough idea of how I want to go through with my closet clean-out and how I will manage what I buy from here. One thing is for sure though — you will be coming with me every single step of the way.
As far as how I will get rid of clothing, that’s a no-brainer. I will be donating items to the clothing room that I am the director of and selling other on Poshmark. I love the idea of sharing a little bit of my clothing with other people. It’s like the story that keeps on going.
I’ve learned a lot in my year of thrift shopping and journey to live a more purposeful life.
There’s no denying that. But it’s time for another challenge. To push beyond my comfort zone and do something that it both fun and meaningful. This is that thing for me.
I’m going to be sharing the resources that I’ve found and challenges I face along the way. I’m not trying you to convince you to do what I’m doing or make you eel bad about the way that your closet looks. To be completely honest, it’s to make you think about what you put on in the morning. What you wear is up to you, but there should always be a reason why.
Do you have a book, blog post, or Instagram account that you think would help me live more minimally? Leave it in the comments below. After all, we’re all in this together — no matter where you are in your sartorial journey.