Minimalism: How to Use Minimalism to Define Your Style
Curating your belongings to provide both function and beauty not only yields a more efficient lifestyle, but also allows your style to shine through.
Whether or not you want to incorporate minimalism into your signature style, having an understanding for both the lifestyle and aesthetic applications of it will make your unique style stronger.
I discovered minimalism as a search for identity in my design aesthetic. I was intrigued by what constitutes beautiful design. Minimalism held my challenge in accuracy and use of space.
You see, I think of minimalism essentially as curating. How would your interior or wardrobe look if you only owned things that matched your signature style?
Putting minimalism into practice is a great way to understand your own style at a highly honed in level. Once you have a strong foundation, you can always build it back up again.
Strength and Strategy
Minimalism does not mean simple. Actually, it is quite the opposite. It means funneling through all the massive choices and distractions and finding the single, strongest resolution.
Minimalism means understanding design composition. Volume, proportion, use of 3D space, and silhouette are strong points in minimalism to have a sense for the amount of control you have for subtle but dramatic changes.
How to Start
If you are interested in beginning your minimalist journey, you can add minimalism to your lifestyle from the following directions.
1. Material possessions
2. Scheduling, organization, and mind
3. Design aesthetic
4. Diet and lifestyle choices
Curating your belongings to provide both function and beauty not only yields a more efficient lifestyle, but also opens space to appreciate what you already have.
My favorite aspect of minimalism is in the precision of choice. Each decision is weighed out under a series of criteria that can be applied to objects, design elements, or concepts:
1. Does the object serve a functional purpose?
2. Do I perceive it as beautiful or interesting?
3. Does it communicate the story that I want to tell in regards to my signature style?
If something does not meet all of these criteria, then consider removing it from your life or mind. Even though it may seem harsh at first, my experience is that once you move past the initial avoidance, it actually brings a sense of freedom that will encourage you to keep going. Where your energy was once so heavily invested is now released. Plus, what has held you back from minimalism and the steps of overcoming your attachment to certain objects will reveal more about yourself than you knew before .
BEauty VS. Functionality
In my opinion of minimalism, not everything you own has to have a practical purpose. You may keep some things for the purpose of decoration or research. Art, collections, or family heirlooms fall into this category. In this case the functional purpose is more an emotion than a tool. Sometimes making decisions around this is quite tricky if there is strong sentiment or even guilt involved. In editing objects like these you can ask the further questions to determine if it is worth holding on to:
Is the object crafted with integrity, craftsmanship, and valuable/ unique materials?
Does the object truly bring happiness?
What is it about the object that inspires me?
Is it possible to preserve the memories/ sentiment of the object with just a picture alone?
Does the object fit my aesthetic or detract?
Can the object be displayed/ presented/ preserved in such a way that honors its value
Since I do fashion, I have acquired many of the unique and exquisite garments and jewelry from my family. To me this serves as an object where the functional value is in having something really old and hand constructed with materials unavailable today i.e. boning, crystal beads and embroidery. These items of clothing serve as both inspiration and reference to my design work. Every piece has a story and reflection of why it is valuable.
The important thing is that I have made a conscious decision to keep these around based on the fact that they are priceless and meaningful.
Contrarily to some opinions on minimalism, I approach it as a practice and way of viewing the world. For this reason, I believe everyone can incorporate it into their lifestyle. There are no rules to the number of the belongings or the type of belongings you should have. It is not a competition.
Start wherever you feel comfortable, and then, adapt as you learn and feel more comfortable.
Of course, let me know if you have any questions!
Now, I would love to hear from you. What are your challenges in adopting minimalism, and how have you overcome them? I would love to hear from you in the comments below.
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