One of the big myths of slow living is that everything is black, white and shades of grey.
FAR FROM IT.
MINIMALISM AESTHETIC VS MINIMALISM LIFESTYLE
Actually, we tend to mix the philosophy of minimalism with its aesthetics, and even more so nowadays posturing on social media.
It’s easy to make that assumption, especially if you spend some time on Instagram and when you search for “minimalism” you find images like these:
So, what’s going on here?
When we do a search for “minimalism” we may see images in neutral tones, luxury architecture, luxury automobiles, and luxury clothing… and this is where some people get tripped up with minimalism.
There’s nothing wrong with this kind of aesthetic, but if you’re only focused on the look, you’ll miss out on the real benefits.
You can indeed live a minimalist lifestyle and still have this kind of aesthetic. In fact, neutral tones such as black, white and grey are timeless style, although we’ll come back to that later. There is a lot to say about timeless clothing.
Let’s first get an understanding of what minimalism is.
- Minimalism: Intentionally focusing on only what matters to you and removing everything that distracts you from what you love.
In short, the goal of minimalism is to eliminate the unnecessary. So it follows that to be a minimalist, you don’t have to have a wardrobe or an Instagram feed that is only in greyscale. There are many different flavours of a minimalist lifestyle.
WHAT DO I DO IF I HAVE A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT STYLE?
You should know that aesthetics or style are the traits that characterise us, a reflection of our personality.
So, the key to being able to express ourselves with our aesthetics is to know ourselves and find our own style and once we know our tastes we can move on to a minimalist lifestyle.
In these two images you can see people with two different and characteristic styles. Which one do you identify with the most?
Can I lead a MINIMAL LIFESTYLE if I LOVE colour?
Minimalism is freeing. Some people like the minimalist aesthetic but don’t live a minimalist lifestyle and some people live a slow lifestyle with other aesthetic tastes.
Here you can see a clear example that your aesthetic taste has nothing to do with the things you have. This is about having what you need and preferring quality over quantity.
Can I lead a minimalist lifestyle if I like fashion?
Nowadays our society seems to see things only in black and white, but there are many shades of grey in between.
If you want to start a minimalist lifestyle you can’t throw everything away and start from scratch. Changes have to be made little by littlebut, you can start to be more conscious with your stuff and ask yourself these questions:
- Does it bring me joy?
- Do I need it?
- Do I want or need to keep this item for the future?
- Does it make sense to keep this item for our needs?
Purge your clothes so that everything you keep is what you love and use. Use the food hidden at the bottom of the shelves that you no longer remember. Purge your technology habits and addictions, you’ll find the mental health benefits of this are incredible.
Tidy up, organise and appreciate what you have, whether it is too much or too little.
Throwing things away is easy. Changing your habits isn’t.
In my opinion, you have to introduce it little by little. I believe you can apply minimalism in your own way and improve over time.
There is no right or wrong reason to start your journey of slow and easy living. It will be different for all of us. Being aware of your actions and remembering that you have the choice is the first step to introduce in that way of life.
I would love to know what you think about this!