"Minimalism is not a style. It is an attitude, a way of being. It is a fundamental reaction against noise, visual noise, disorder, vulgarity. Minimalism is a pursuit of the essence of things and not the appearance." -Claudio Silverstein
Today, the minimalist movement has been all the rage, even in regard to the fashion recruitment industry.
In fact, it has penetrated some of the most negligible aspects in life such as home design and fashion as well. After all, in the world of fashion, there is a myriad of ways to interpret the maxim "less is more" and minimalism certainly fits the mold. However, most individuals with a proclivity for hoarding the latest trends in fashions would find this idea not only ludicrous but downright unimaginable well. In fact, many of them would resist the idea of paring down their clothes seeing as this might significantly limit their options when it comes to their clothing ensembles. However, while minimalist fashion is certainly a good thing--regardless of whether your taste in clothes is largely streetwear clothing or smart casual wear--it is not necessarily for everyone. After all, what is popular and in demand might not exactly sit well with you.
In any case, if the idea of editing your closet does not appeal to you (yet you find yourself pressured to so), it might not just be for you. With this in mind, it is time to revisit the reasons why you do NOT need to purge your closet:
1.) You have more than enough space
Lack of space is specifically the reason why the minimalist movement is engendered. After all, when people started accumulating more clothes, they would definitely have to get rid of their old ones until it became a vicious and toxic cycle of acquiring and disposing of nonstop. For this reason, minimalist fashionistas would choose to live on a limited but stylish number of clothing. However, if you have never been one to have any problems with space, there is no reason for you to throw out clothing.
2.) You dislike having clothes that wear and tear quickly
Unless you have extremely durable and quality clothing, chances are a minimalist wardrobe would inevitably lead to clothes wearing and tearing out more often. In short, they would not last. Even if you do like to pare down your clothes, having a few of your extra pieces might potentially save you from a trip to the shopping mall just for new clothes.
3.) Your work compels you to dress differently than how you choose to dress on casual days
Unless you wear a work uniform, there is a likely chance that your office would require you to wear something befitting the corporate environment scene. If you generally love wearing smart casual clothes even on the weekends, then this should not be a problem. Unfortunately, if you are an individual who prefers to be perceived differently during your downtime, you might need more clothes (and space for that matter).
4.) You like having lots of options
Perhaps the most compelling reason why some individuals would resist editing out their closets is the fact that they love having a lot of options. It can feel incredibly stifling to be constrained to 33 pieces of clothing--especially to fashionistas. If you love mixing and matching and having a diverse closet collection, keep your clothes and forget about paring down.