The term minimalism is overused today, and while sharp lines, solid surfaces, low-level furniture, and tonal shades remain the core principles, the term has evolved since it's first inception. Developed in the mid-1960's to refer to abstract art that emerged during this time, artists like Robert Morris and Donald Judd created large conceptual pieces that focused on geometric forms that called attention to its physical size in relationship to the viewer; their use of industrial materials and color reference distinguished them among other artists. Today, the word, definition, and interest in minimalism has grown and is now used in fashion, and music to design and architecture.
Minimalism is now a lifestyle that is popular among creatives who value the combination of sophistication, simplicity, practicalness, and beauty; it's a form of self-expression that distinguished by the need for simplicity and order. In the 80-90's, Giorgio Armani was one of the first designers to create a collection around modern-day minimalism with a straightforward and simple approach to suiting. Other brands adopted this approach and minimalism in the fashion industry began to grow—it now being the number one industry to embrace the term and aesthetic.
There's something about the minimalist approach to fashion that has always caught my eye; the simplicity and timeless elegance of it is what I've tried to incorporate into my life and style. And while it's hard to get wrong, there are a few important rules I encourage you to follow.
Neutrals, black, navy, grey, white, olive, brown, and tan are the foundation of the minimalist palette and make creating a foundation wardrobe effortless; you can [easily] mix-and-match these colors for fail-proof dressing.
One of my favorite designers—Neil Barrett—proves that minimalism doesn't have to be boring, and a clean color palette can make an effortless statement. Black and navy, the leading colors of his current A/W 2018 collection allowed for his tailoring skills to come to the forefront and create a focus on proportions, silhouettes, and texture—all the things that make minimalist fashion interesting.
When it comes to silhouettes in minimalism, there are no rules; unlike tailoring, minimalist clothing can in any shape or size—anything goes. And because of that, there are many creatives (designers included), creating looks that feature boxy, oversized garments with asymmetric angles. There's fun in this because you can mix and match relaxed silhouettes with slim-tailored cuts.
With the focus being on fashion and other creative industries, let's explore its connection to spirituality.
In life, we accumulate a lot, more than we [actually] need, and many times this is due to us trying to fill a void, but if we look at the core of minimalism, the message is about less. Minimalism allows you to look at your individual life and material possession to ask yourself; "do I [really] need what I own?"
A few weeks ago, I watched a documentary called Minimalism; this documentary focused on the lives of minimalists—all of whom are striving to live a meaningful life with less material possessions. What I learned is, you can be seemingly happy without the over excess of stuff; it also focused on the awakening of your mind and connecting it to the core of who you are by pointing out that once you begin to silence your mind, you will naturally embrace minimalism. After watching the documentary, you will look around and begin to understand that physical, material possessions are not as important as your physical body and mind. Simply put, as you become more self-aware, you are more likely to let go of a wide range of things, material possessions and people included.
Minimalism is something you do not need to be taught during the spiritual awakening process; it will happen naturally. It will occur as you center your mind around meaningful experiences and realizations. Spirituality in minimalism is about direct experience and realizations; it's about realizing how to be peaceful and happy with what you have or less—not more. Awakening is freedom, and therefore minimalism is freedom. Consider the world we now live in with its focus on excess; more money, more clothes, more followers, more likes; what would make you free? Happy? Validated? Free?
While the breakdown of minimalist fashion is different from spirituality, the core is the same—less. Let me know how you are taking a minimalist approach to fashion or your life/spirituality. Tweet me or comment me below, let's get the conversation going! Continue to Live Your Life in Style and always Be Inspired.