In recent months, I’ve been thinking a lot about the lessons of classic minimal style and the concept of travel fashion. I had been learning bits and pieces through research and reading of other peoples’ thoughts on minimalism over the last few months, but as the light grew brighter, personal experience finally made me realize how liberating being a minimalist can be.
Classic Minimal Style for traveling
I spent a week with my two best friends traveling in a small Subaru hatchback, covering 1,200 miles of open road, starting in Georgia, circling the southeast, up the coast of the Atlantic, and finally ending with a long journey back to Tennessee. It was a wonderful experience, but with three of us living out of such a small car, I needed to think minimalism when I was packing Classy Casual Outfits For Guys.
Small Duffel Bag
To my surprise, it was one of the most liberating tasks I’ve recently taken on. With only a small duffel bag and a purse, I could only bring a limited amount of clothing, as well as one comfortable pair of shoes that would match everything.
Before I left, it worried me a little that I would get bored with what I had brought, want something else instead, or be tempted to wander into the closest mall to expand my vacation wardrobe.
To my delight, the opposite happened. I knew my options were limited, and I would have no opportunity to do laundry, so I never put much thought into what I was wearing each day. Getting ready for the concerts we saw or going out to dinner took no time at all, and the minutes I spent in front of a mirror debating the social acceptability of my attire disintegrated. By the time we would leave our hotel rooms and venture into the cities of the south, I felt more confident engaging with new people, expressing myself through personality and positive energy instead of the material that covered my body.
The experience had me thinking about minimalism in everyday life. What if I could harbor this feeling of liberation beyond the trip through becoming a minimalist? I recently donated nearly a quarter of my belongings to the Arc, including old clothes and shoes that I no longer had the desire to wear. With fewer clothes filling my wardrobe, I’ve found my mental energy can be focused on other things – learning, working, spreading the message of ethical fashion, music, reading, writing, spending quality time with friends… and the list goes on.