Less Clothes

The most basic, pragmatic, and primal reason to own and wear clothes – to cover nakedness – should not be disputed in serious conversation. The next reason – to protect from extreme weather – should not be disputed either.

What I want to question, and what many people have been questioning for years, is why we own so many clothes beyond this in first world countries.

The first easy target is clothes that we buy but don’t wear. This is inexcusable wastefulness. Money is wasted. Natural resources are wasted. The planet is damaged by overconsumption. Our hearts are corrupted by excess. We should never buy clothes that we won’t wear regularly. Ever.

The second target is clothes we buy and wear, but don’t like. This is ridiculous. Even if we descend into the obscene extremes of hedonism and wastefulness, we should escape this error. Why keep something that doesn’t improve our quality of life? We should give it to someone else who will benefit from it. Or at the least let it be recycled. We shouldn’t degrade ourselves by forcing ourselves to wear something we don’t like, just because we own it.

The third target is clothes we buy, wear, and like but don’t need. This is a harder blow to the social norm. Us rich people like having things we don’t need. Oh and yes, you are rich, I am rich. We have more than we need to survive, so we are rich. We are very, very rich. And the human heart doesn’t quickly part with luxury. But it must suffer this loss to become nobler. We don’t need two pieces of clothing that do the same thing. We don’t have three eyes, we just need two. We don’t have two hearts, one is good enough. Let’s learn from nature and ingrain it in our minds that “He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.” (Lao Tzu)

So, what does this look like?

There are many ways to go about minimizing how many clothes we own, but I have found that Project 333 is a simple and effective starting point.


Further reading:

Owning fewer clothes: benefits and how-to
How to simplify your wardrobe
Wear your favorite clothes


6 thoughts on “Less Clothes

  1. Really glad that I stumbled upon your website.

    Great article again.

    I find generally people tie up their worth on the type of clothes they wear due to societal perceptions, which is horrible. That happens, at least, in India.

    Heavy, expensive and flashy clothing automatically equates with self-worth and your ‘image’ in the society.

    I recently shaped my wardrobe into a minimal one and the experience was brilliant!

    Do leave feedback on my blog, if you feel like.

    • Thanks again 🙂

      It’s the same in America, but with different clothing types of course. For some reason I never got sucked into the fashion system of wanting new and expensive clothes. Maybe because my parents just never bought them for me. Probably, actually.

      Isn’t it! Minimizing my wardrobe left me with the same delightful feeling. It feels so good to know that less is still enough, and that enough is always enough, and that more isn’t better.

      • True that. Minimizing is one of a kind experience. Truly a mesmerizing one.

        Yes, even my wardrobe left me with only few clothes and everything I love was there.

        I wrote a post on clothing as well. Would love to hear your views on them!


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