One often assumes that fashion terms such as ‘minimalist’ have no application in a man’s life. Most of the chaps I know (who are not dressed by their wives) tend to have a steady supply of tattered favorite shirts, one or two pairs of time faded jeans, gym-worn running shoes, three-quarter shorts and something to throw on for work. With the exception of something practically warm, there is never much else to speak of in their wardrobes (or mine for that matter) that can truly be a solid example of any particular fashion, minimalist or otherwise.
That is how I dress myself, generally. I take the cleanest item from the top of the pile and throw it on:
Though once, after throwing on a quick (though vaguely matching) outfit of a smart shirt, wool fedora, slacks and shoes for a friends-wedding I decided I needed to pay a little more attention to my look after being told by just about everyone that I came into contact with that I ‘clean up nicely’.
And so, I decided to do a closet audit to rid myself of those items which were doing nothing for me, and to see what new ones I should invest in.
Here’s what I learned:
Minimalism isn’t just a fashion term
Minimalism is, in fact, a mindset. It’s all about stripping things down of everything that is not practical and useful, leaving behind what is simple and effective.
In terms of fashion, this might mean sleek geometries and soft hues void of eye-catching trinkets; versatile, functional wear that is smart in being toned down.
In life, it has more to do with ridding yourself of the unnecessary, creating space for new and exciting things. This lesson hit home as I stood in front of my wardrobe and for the first time ever, noticed the stores of dusty old items that I haven’t worn in years and desperately needed to throw away.
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It works in all situations
The key to being minimalist is also one of its greatest advantages. With the right pair of pants, the correctly styled jacket, one or two good shirts and a bar tie, you can mix and match your minimalist items to work in just about any situation.
It is a style that carries through many spheres, making the minimalist look perfect for casual, work, and formal wear, depending on how you use items together.
Minimalism is not a trend
I am generally not a guy who is overly concerned with fashion, and it’s probably because I see no use in keeping up with constantly changing trends. I’m not the type to doll out dear sums on an item only to watch it become unpopular (all of you who owned bomber-jackets in the 90’s know exactly what I’m talking about).
Though minimalism is not so much a fashion trend as much as it is a movement, allowing its clean style to stand up to the test of fickle time. This means that you can comfortable spend a lot of money on items of superior quality and be sure that you’ll get your money’s worth for seasons to come.