Less Means More
Minimalism is often a by-product of circumstance but it is also a conscious choice. Cass’ circumstance of travel helped solidify a mindset that was already maturing - that less means more when you apply a conscious and considered approach.
"My fashion and my lifestyle are pretty linked. Whatever’s motivating my way of thinking is generally influenced by my clothing and vice versa.
I’ve become quite minimalistic with my wardrobe. That came from two years overseas absolutely thrashing what clothing I did have that I didn’t sell to get overseas. And I came back and decided that I don’t think I really need as many things as I thought I did before. I still like having things, I still like having clothes, and I love fashion and follow it pretty closely so what I’ve done instead is really thought about it: What do I need? How can I make my wardrobe as versatile and as nice as possible without having to continuously be throwing away junk. I guess my fashion has become more thoughtful, and I’m learning a lot.
For me it’s about only having stuff in my wardrobe that I actually wear. If I’m wanting something new then I think what don’t I wear? What can I get rid of? So quite often if I want to buy something I’ll donate clothes as well so my wardrobe stays pretty streamlined. And it’s really satisfying. Instead of just buying stuff as and when you see it it’s deciding you want something and thinking about it then you look for it and then you find it and it’s nice, it’s well made, it’s affordable, it’s second hand, it’s really satisfying because you’ve looked out for it for a while. It almost feels like some sort of karma you know, having that self-control and waiting for that piece to turn up and then you find it. It’s great.”
(Conversation with fashion consumer Cass Kinghan.)