The difference between minimalism and minimalist style is a small but important one.
When I talk about practical minimalism, what I’m referring to is the act of simplifying and reducing the clutter in all areas of your life.
It can be tangible (reducing the number of possessions that you own) or intangible (developing a regular mindfulness practice to clear your head), but the concept is the same: get rid of what doesn’t matter to make room for what does, in whatever way that makes the most sense to you.
I advocate for practical minimalism because I believe that minimalism is relative and different for each person. While one person’s “minimal” might mean only two pairs of shoes, another’s might mean six. It truly depends on you and your lifestyle, but it’s important to hold yourself accountable. If you can ask, “Do I need this?” or “Is this worth my time?” and answer with a wholehearted yes, then it’s worth keeping. The number of things that fit that criteria is different for both you and me, but you need to put yourself in a place where you are asking those questions in the first place, and answering honestly.
Minimalist style is a bit different, and there’s a misconception that to be a minimalist that you must adopt wearing only black and white and shop at A.P.C.
What I’m describing is known as minimalist style, meaning working with a fairly minimalist color palette and relying on simple silhouettes and interesting cuts.
It is entirely possible to be a minimalist that loves color and prints, and wears his or her favorite neon or floral pieces repeatedly and loves them more each time. When you apply the tenets of minimalism to style, it’s easy to see how the subdued style of dressing in mostly muted tones frequently emerges.
While my personal preference leans toward that particular brand of minimalist style (and I happen to love A.P.C.), I want to be clear that you can be a minimalist that loves color, and similarly be someone who loves the look of minimalist style but owns a hundred black tops and i s anything but minimalist.
Whether you visit this site for inspiration for minimalism, or inspiration for minimalist style, or both, I’m happy to have you here – but I wanted to be sure that there wasn’t confusion that you have to be here for both. I’m all about making your lifestyle and style work for you, and not the other way around, so choose what works for you and run with it.
And if there’s anything I can do to help, you can always drop me a line at nichole [at] whogoeswear.com.