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why building a minimalist wardrobe from scratch is bull crap

So I was sifting through my minimalist wardrobe the other day, (literally the most minimal of all the minimalist wardrobes...what have I done) when it dawned on me that this whole experiment of finally quitting mindless consumption for the sake of a simplified life filled with ethical decisions, renewed interconnectedness, reduced autonomy, less neurosis, and more money to allocate to "experiences" versus "materials" (do some air quotes with me here) is completely and utterly, well, bull crap! You see me above? Yeah, that's me. I'm doing that face where I feel ridiculous on the inside but it comes across endearing on the outside. 

Well anyway, there I am in a completely thrifted outfit. Not only have I embraced a reductive lifestyle in the context of consumption, I've chosen to not participate in propagated designer or fast fashion until more ethical options are wildly accessible. And clearly that was a lack of oxygen to the brain on my part, because had I known I'd be giving up a life of blissful ignorance, a plethora of choices at all times in all places of business for everything imaginable, opportunities to painfully compare my closet to those of others while adding shit I don't need, and the ability to develop my style based on a concocted formula of copying, trending, and filling in with freebies...well had I known all that, I wouldn't have done the damn experiment. Why? Because as a minion of the fashion industry I've come to enjoy certain aspects of life. Little luxuries that have now ceased to exist. I have to actually challenge myself to get intimate with my body shape again (hanging on to a high school waist size does wonders for bathroom mirror affirmations), flattering colors or eras of dress (turns out buying orange to seduce yourself into liking orange like that other blogger said doesn't work!), and create daily looks with the same amount of clothing as someone of a lesser class, or even those who are poverty-stricken might have. GASP. All for what? This is madness.


As an elite fashion blogger, my day usually consists of:
  • Yoga on the roof of my tax-deductible green townhouse, obvs.
  • A jog downstairs for my green juice as recommended by Tracy Anderson via Goop. Gwenyth doesn't do fiber. Neither do I.
  • A quick bubble bath in my jetstream tub using some gifted L'Occitane milk bath products...nothing major or leisurely, because my personal trainer will be ringing my bell.
  • Hour workout with the trainer.
  • Quick shower. (I hate drinking water, so I just absorb it now.)
  • Flipping through Vogue, Lucky, Marie Claire and W for style inspiration. A tedious comb through of Cosmo for the educational articles. (Did you know there's a war on women!?)
  • Adding clippings to both my inspiration sketchbook and the OOTD request wall. The latter is for my personal assistant to refer to when requesting gifts from PR.
  • Emails
  • Twats on twitter.
  • Facebooking.
  • One instagram post per hour of me in various life situations that most people never experience. (This one time, I found a pair of vintage Ray Bans left on the floor at a boutique. People would kill to see me in them.)
  • A quick trip to the supplement shop followed by a jet set trip to Zara, H&M, J Crew, and Opening Ceremony for window shopping. Walgreens for tampons. (<--- for some reason I still can't get a sponsor, so I still pay for these monthly. Arghhh.)
  • A run through some vintage shop a friend recommended to me. Vintage is so big these days. Old is the new black.
  • Back home to coordinate my trip to Paris for fashion week. Note to self: need to order extra LV luggage. Ran out of room for gifts last trip.
  • Dinner with the girls at Nobu.
  • Place orders for some sale items for next week's haul video which will of course be linked to full price affiliate items. God bless America.
If I were to fully embrace being a minimalist in favor of ethical shopping and sustainable style, unfortunately my days would be more like this:
  • Yoga on the roof of my tax-deductible green townhouse, obvs. Five minute meditation in my "comfy" chair to jumpstart my day. A little habit formed after seeing it recommended in a perfect little self-help book from my local used book store.
  • A jog downstairs for my green juice as recommended by Tracy Anderson via Goop. Gwenyth doesn't do fiber. Neither do I. Banana, chocolate, mango smoothie to go. I call it Chunky Monkey. It puts a pep in my step on the way to work since I have to take public transportation for the sake of the environment.
  • A quick bubble bath in my jetstream tub using some gifted L'Occitane milk bath products...nothing major or leisurely, because my personal trainer will be ringing my bell. Subway ride to the office. Discreetly sniffing myself to make sure that aluminum-free deodarant is holding steady. So far so good with bi-weekly showers.
  • Hour workout with the trainer. Notice a speaking engagement on the state of conspicuous consumption in America. Regurgitate slightly in mouth. Fantasize about new Isabel Marant tee shirts in every color. Wonders if Isabel has done H&M collaboration yet.
  • Quick shower. Works 9-5. Luckily casual Fridays has been reinstated. The thrifted linen dress got allot of stares. Good thing?
  • Flipping through Vogue, Lucky, Marie Claire and W for style inspiration. A tedious comb through of Cosmo for the educational articles. (Did you know there's a war on women!?) Bolts home to see if new copies of Mother Earth, Whole Living, and Kinfolk magazines have arrived.
  • Adding tears to both my inspiration sketchbook and the OOTD request wall. The latter is for my personal assistant to refer to when requesting gifts from PR. Surfs blogs, pinterest and tumblr for inspiration on styling my tragically anemic wardrobe consisting of 11 items.
  • Emails Unsubsribe from a handful of newsletter emails as part of resolution.
  • Twats on twitter. Tweets.
  • Facebooking. Scoffs at Facebook.
  • One instagram post per hour of me in various life situations that most people never experience. (This one time, I found a pair of vintage Ray Bans left on the floor at a boutique. People would kill to see me in them.) What's an instagram? Is it like a modern telegram? Totally missing the idea of writing letters. Vows to write a letter to someone.
  • A quick trip to the supplement shop followed by a jet set trip to Zara, H&M, J Crew, and Opening Ceremony for window shopping. Walgreens for tampons. (<--- for some reason I still can't get a sponsor, so I still pay for these monthly. Argh.) Catch up on the Sunday paper and iPad subscriptions. Check in to see how the Bangladesh aftermath is coming along. Remembers to submit petition letter to Topshop and Michael Kors requesting transparent labor standards.
  • A run through some vintage shop a friend recommended to me. Vintage is so big these days. Old is the new black. Scans the closet to plan outfit for Monday. Not many choices. Forced to actually cultivate personal style. Misses just being some designer's hanger. Luckily still have two items left I can purchase this quarter. Takes notes on how far I've come with what I have. Packs up donation box in the garage.
  • Back home to coordinate my trip to Paris for fashion week. Note to self: need to order extra LV luggage. Ran out of room for gifts last trip. Plan trip to upstate. Must visit mom. Remember her? She doesn't have a blog, but is important nonetheless.
  • Dinner with the girls. Cozy up on the couch with leftovers.
  • Place orders for some sale items for next week's haul video. Bedtime meditation.

What do you say? Want to throw in the towel with me and hit up Forever 21 for a spree?


For Those With Outfit Envy:




disclaimer: I've already thrown in the towel. If you can't beat them, join them. See this post where I decide to launch my alter ego and hop on a bandwagon.

27 comments

  1. Wow, sounds like you've some wonderful ideas and plans, sounds like the end result will look very nice! Best of luck with the changesWomen Clothing

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  2. I agree that we live in a world that in the moment is exploding of too many things and that something should change. Re-designing, recycling, thrifting- this is the key for the future. Btw, you look awesome in this orange skirt! :)

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    1. Andrea I like your point about re-designing. I've never quite seen it articulated that way, but its true. I don't know why the majority of fashion bloggers scoff at recycling as if its still some tree hugger granola mentality. I personally would follow Love Aesthetics diys over purchasing new Anthropologie dresses as recommended by Atlantic Pacific any day. The CEO of Anthro clearly states that he sends the designers to just knock off thrift and flea markets anyway. So why give our hard earned money to them instead of saving waste?
      PS- thanks by the way! but its bright red ;)

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  3. I really got a kick out of this post, particularly because I embarked on a similar challenge to myself early this year - albeit mainly just to do with fashion and not so much an eco lifestyle. Honestly, there have been so many days that I`ve wanted to chuck it all. Today is one of them. Why? Because some of those little convenient luxuries are part of what makes life pleasant if you're not an elite anything and have to live a normal life. You know, like being able to go to Zara and buy a whole outfit instead of scrimping for one pair of better quality jeans. Sigh. I hear you. It's a battle. Most of the time I think it's worth it, though. And if it helps, you do look fabulous :)
    xox,
    Cee
    www.cocoandvera.com

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    1. Why thanks Cee. Love a fashion blogger with a good sense of humor! And funny enough, one doesn't have to journey down the road of "going green" to realize they are embracing an eco lifestyle. So even though you started the year off challenging your fashion choices, trying to curb consumption is already saving tons of waste, fuel, etc.

      But I'm more curious about the mentality of infact living a pleasant life full of little "luxuries" whilst not being a socialite, trust fund heir, or junk consumer. I know fast fashion feels like our cup is always more than half full due to the price points and convenience. I'll look into this for a future post, because it surely is a battle these days. Thanks for your comment! xx

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  4. Good luck with your challenge! My wardrobe is minimalist because I've threw it out and am starting again! :)

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    1. Thanks! I did exactly that. Well, throw out as in donate half and ebay the rest. What made you chuck yours? Was minimalism just an effect or the cause motive?
      PS- good luck with the new blog ;)

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    2. It was mainly because I lost 15lbs and dropped down to a UK 10. Everything fell off me so I decided to start again and only buy what I love. My last round of decluttering was really cathartic and now I only have things in my closet that fit me and work with something else. I didn't exactly throw them out, I donated most of them. Thanks for your good wished re my new blog :)

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  5. The elite fashion blogger list is hillarious!
    And sadly, I think more than half of it might even be the reality of some bloggers

    many hugs

    *thank you so much for your thoughtful comment on my capsule collection. it is honestly one of the most meaningful comments ive ever received on my blog, almost shed a tear to be compared with my idols Martin an Yohji.

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    1. Oh you're so welcome Ivania because I meant every word... and tickled that you enjoyed the post!

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  6. I love this post...I've tried so many times to minimize and cut out fast-fashion and it's just , well, hard. Very hard. I'm lucky in that I've always had a passion for thrifting and I don't feel too bad about buying a Forever 21 shirt from my local Value Village but the temptation to avoid is the big chain stores is very great. I'm losing when it comes to Zara I'm afraid. Aside from all, this just make me laugh. And I sort of needed that on a Friday when it's 6 pm (!!!) and I'm somehow still at work. Ugh.

    Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

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    1. Courtney, how dare you read blogs while at work! hehe
      I totally hear you. I find it strange that so many gals still have trouble resisting the urge to shop at chains since I'm now on the other side and find them completely repulsive. I think all it takes going to only boutiques for a while to realize that chains suck. Then find boutiques that you can afford, mix that with vintage and thrifting, and voila. Cure part 1 ;)

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  7. Quality post! A few years ago I decided that I wanted to fill my wardrobe with a few quality items I liked, rather than with hangers full of stuff. So far I think things have progressed nicely, albeit still a bit messy. I did walk around looking silly for a while before I was able to form my own style and get my hands on those few cohesive items that brought my wardrobe together. I get enjoyment from putting on my favourite pieces multiple times a week, so in that respect I think it's worth it. I agree with Cee above that having little luxuries in life makes everyday happenings more enjoyable. Suffering through tough exams and long working hours is not as bad when you can really feel good in what you're wearing that day. Good luck with your experiment, I know it'll be worth it in the end.


    Thank you for commenting on my blog! I am so glad to have discovered yours too, you are a fantastic writer. Will definitely browse some of your older posts once I get home later today!

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    1. Hey Mia, loved your comment! So proud of you. Does that sound too motherly? Ah, what the heck. I am. And I know the feeling of going through that transition stage. I walk around looking silly STILL, like half a year later haha. I'm just determined to make a change is all. Thanks for reading!

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  9. You look lovely!!

    xx Mounia

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  10. Ah, ignorance is bliss and Forever 21 is so tempting...

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    1. Story of the life of every 21 year old...and then some

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  11. I cant't help finding this hilarious! Just stumbled upon your blog and I love it already!
    stylesketches.com

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  12. Love Love Love the red lillie!

    www.mzcocoh.blogspot.ca

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    1. Thanks doll, thought I'm not a huge fan of red and was just feeling bold that day and have since sold that little skirt haha

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  13. great post! love it :) anyway, i have an on-going international giveaway! i hope you can join :D http://raellarina.blogspot.com/2013/07/international-birthday-giveaway-with.html

    xoxo,
    rae

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  14. haha was literally crying with laughter at this!! It's such a hard things to do when there are so few popular ethical fashion companies in the industry. I've got a new client though who specialises in environmentally friendly, ethically sourced clothing! As soon as their branding is done and the site goes live, I'll let you know so you can check them out... that's if you haven't relapsed!!


    Hannah xx

    ps. thanks for the lovely comment RE branding and renaming my blog. It was really interesting to hear the thoughts of other bloggers!

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    1. Hey Hannah! Oh you lucked out then, working for an eco brand. Please do share when you get a chance. I want to do an ethical shopping page since I get so many emails and comments about where to shop to make the switch ;)

      And you're welcome!

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