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Being Minimalist

We all deal with life changing events in many different ways. This couldn’t be more apparent when facing the reality of becoming a father for the first time. I imagine a lot of us may have a vision of our better selves? A way of living, at set of rules and ethics for example.

Being a Capricorn i’ve always tended to be a little over organised.The need to lead a minimalistic life has never been more apparent. It’s been known that mothers as well as fathers go through whats called a ‘nesting period’ when faced with parenthood and my biggest ‘nesting’ project so has been streamlining my wardrobe.

I’ve never really been a fashion focused person. Just of the mindset of wanting some variety in my wardrobe and garments that generally look good and are relatively modern or just basics. Although, since I started working in the fashion industry I have begun to take more of an interest in the damage caused by fast fashion, not only to our wallets and the constant need to get rid of clothes, but also to our environment. The constant churning out of clothes has meant that a lot of these items end up in landfills if not disposed of in the right way. I had collected so many garments from well known high street stores including American Apparel, Gap, H&M to name but a few. But more and more recently i’ve noticed the shelf life of my garments shrinking. The amount of sacks of clothes i’ve been taking to the local charity stores has got beyond ridiculous. So many of these items are sold at a low price just to shift units upon units of badly made clothes. Often squeezing the suppliers and forcing un ethical working conditions for so many people in the developing world.

I’ve decided it’s time to start sourcing as many high quality garments as possible, focusing more on quality basics from companies that promote high ethical standards. This will not only make my wardrobe less cluttered, but I will also have a wardrobe suited to my lifestyle because I’ve thought more about what i am buying. This reduces the need to impulse buy and later regret it when it’s gone out of shape or bobbled up after one wash. You also get that feel good factor knowing that you’ve really thought about what you are buying.

I’ve found it very refreshing so far, yes i’ve had thoughts about some items I got rid of and wondered whether I should have kept them or not, but at the end of the day I got rid of them for a reason, they were either never worn or were worn out. And I now feel like i’ve reset the button and raised the bar a bit. To make sure I think about what i’m buying at what i’m going to wear it with, looked at the fabrics to make sure it’s well sourced. I’m not saying i won’t make some mistakes, but by and large my decisions will be based on the need and items that I feel proud to wear because they have been made responsively and in a way with little impact on the environment, by people that collect a living wage and enjoy they’re craft.

I’m going to be posting a series of blog posts in the coming weeks on some of the ethical clothing brands i’ve discovered recently.

In the mean time, here’s a beautifully written article…
http://www.becomingminimalist.com/