5 Steps to a Minimalist Wardrobe
by John Phillips
We’re talking mental stress, so let’s start with a Stoicism joke, shall we?
What did the Stoic sage say about email security?
If you are reading this, you care about your appearance. The level of your interest to look good, though, is relative. Today, we simply want to help you find more peace in your fashion journey. Life is stressful enough, right?
Seriously, we all have enough to deal with. Here is the TL;DR (too long; didn’t read) for this post:
- Simplifying your wardrobe can make your daily style choices easier to make.
- Be sure to define your look.
- When you inventory your wardrobe, make sure you make a clear decision on every item.
- Establish clear rules for future clothing and accessory purchases, such as “$20 or 20 minutes” and “one in; one out.”
- Remember, how you feel inside dictates how you truly look on the outside.
What does a person who has experienced great change in life do when the person wants to feel calmer? Why, the person usually looks to simplify things!
We have all been there. Whether you are getting over a break-up, starting a new job, or mourning the death of a loved one, your mind is busy. You are questioning all sorts of things. All in an effort to make sense of what has seemingly happened to you. In moments like these, we try to focus on what we can control. Mind you, such focus is healthy, as long as you are aware of what you truly control.
If you take anything away from this article, know that dressing well can help you feel good about yourself. At some point though, you have to be able to feel good without external help. Today’s advice is aimed more at your brain, not your closet.
One great place to simplify for guys like us is our wardrobe. You may not realize it, but think about how you feel when you prepare to get dressed for work. Is it a peaceful experience? Be honest, do you find excitement in deciding what you are going to wear? If you are anything like me, the thoughts can plague you daily. For years, I have struggled with figuring out what to wear. Even when I wore big t-shirts, baggy jeans, and a fresh pair of kicks, anxiety hovered.
You see, when you are concerned with what others think, like me, you are susceptible to undue stress. My answer to this problem is to exceed expectations. In most instances, I succeed. Sometimes, I fall flat.
Today is the day where you can change everything for the better. Eminem isn’t the only person who can clean out his closet. Here are five steps to freeing your mind with a leaner closet.