I really enjoyed reading your story.
Everyone does it, habitually. The constant praise is meant to be an angel on the shoulder, ensuring that children do not sell their talents short. It might actually be causing it. Dweck sent four female research assistants into New York fifth-grade classrooms. Once the child finished the test, the researchers told each student his score, then gave him a single line of praise.
Randomly divided into groups, some were praised for their intelligence. Why just a single line of praise? Then the students were given a choice of test for the second round. Of those praised for their effort, 90 percent chose the harder set of puzzles. Thank you for your note. I am a huge proponent of making changes by breaking down big goals into small pieces and then working on one small piece at a time. As you achieve each small one, it will add up to the big change you want — you just have to be patient and look at the big picture.
Then you can buy accessories and jewelry in different colors. I have made white, black and lots of grey my base colors. My life is so simple now. I always have something to wear. Everything I own goes together. I need less clothes. Develop a work uniform. I wear black pants and a white shirt everyday. It took a long time for anyone to catch onto the fact that I was wearing the same thing everyday. It seems pretty routine for me to head for the clothing section at my local big box store before I go after the food I actually came into the store for.
I have more than enough already. And now as I prepare to relocate the desire to have less is all the more present….. Thanks for the inspiration! Thanks so much for the note and kind words. I was not familiar with 7 and just looked it up, so thanks for mentioning that book. Have a great day, David. I think my journey toward fiscal responsibility and now to becoming minimalist began when I realize I would check out the clearance rack at work in a furniture store.
I realized one day that I would buy things only because it made me feel better about myself. Since that time I paid off my debt and now am working on ridding my house of all extras. Thank you for posting such inspiring stories, they really help. Thank you for posting your story, which will in turn inspire others! I have been given a few hand-me-downs by family and have given away some of my things too.
I could still pare down some more, and I will, gradually. Goes to show how I really had enough all along. We have 4 kids who are still growing though, and I feel like I have mountains of clothes that are being saved to pass from one child to another.
Moderation can be a good thing and it sounds like you are doing a good job balancing and could do better at giving yourself a break. Thanks for the note. Great post and something I can relate to.
I grew up with 2 pairs of shoes, one for summer, one for winter and a very few items of clothing, none of which fit me or made me look good. So after I married and started to earn a paycheck, I started to compensate for it always loving fashion. I have had so much clothes and shoes that I could wear different thing every day of the year and probably never repeat. Then I started to read about minimalism including this blog and something started to shift.
Do I really need all this stuff? Do I really find joy in shopping? All answers came to no. Am I aiming for having only 30 things altogether? No, but I just want to have things I use and enjoy and remove the need for more and more storage. Thank you all for the inspiration!
Thank you for your great story. As Sally said, there is also a time saving from cutting out unneeded shopping and more time to do fun and important things is always welcomed! I really enjoyed this post! I realized, like you, that the amount of clothing I had stockpiled was ridiculous and enough to last many, many years. As a something female, I still get the same if not more number of comments on how cute my outfits are.
Thanks so much for your note and kind words. I recently lost 55 pounds, so I have purchased smaller sizes — but not excessively. A journey for sure. You have inspired me to try this out, starting today.
I am not addicted to deals, but I am addicted to variety. I love having different hats, coats, etc. It is getting colder, and my weight has been fluctuating, so some pants are too tight, while some are too loose. I am interested to see what the results are. It would be more difficult if I had to give up buying books.
Books are tough Tori! Thanks for the note and enjoy the fast or near-fast. I enjoyed this very much. You have inspired me to go through my closet—again—and get rid of what I dont wear! I commend you on your clothing fast!
I need to do it, I just…. I need to get a decent winter coat, one more suit have to wear them daily , and that should do it for the next six months or so. And you make a good point. Thanks for the note and good luck with your six-month plan. Thanks for the inspiration here! I have learned a way to facilitate purging clothes closets that allows time to say good-bye to an overload but not ignore it. What qualifies as "modest" varies in different Muslim societies.
However, women are usually required to cover more of their bodies than men are. Articles of clothing Muslim women wear for modesty range from the head-scarf to the burqa. Men may sometimes choose to wear men's skirts such as togas or kilts in particular cultures, especially on ceremonial occasions. Such garments were in previous times often worn as normal daily clothing by men. Clothing designed to be worn by either sex is called unisex clothing. Unisex clothes, such as T-shirts, tend to be cut straighter to fit a wider variety of bodies.
The majority of unisex clothing styles have started out as menswear, but some articles, like the fedora , were originally worn by women. In some societies, clothing may be used to indicate rank or status. In ancient Rome , for example, only senators could wear garments dyed with Tyrian purple.
In traditional Hawaiian society, only high-ranking chiefs could wear feather cloaks and palaoa, or carved whale teeth. In China , before establishment of the republic , only the emperor could wear yellow.
History provides many examples of elaborate sumptuary laws that regulated what people could wear. In societies without such laws, which includes most modern societies, social status is instead signaled by the purchase of rare or luxury items that are limited by cost to those with wealth or status. In addition, peer pressure influences clothing choice. Some religious clothing might be considered a special case of occupational clothing. Sometimes it is worn only during the performance of religious ceremonies.
However, it may also be worn every day as a marker for special religious status. For example, Jains and Muslim men wear unstitched cloth pieces when performing religious ceremonies.
The unstitched cloth signifies unified and complete devotion to the task at hand, with no digression. The cleanliness of religious dresses in Eastern religions like Hinduism , Sikhism , Buddhism , Islam and Jainism is of paramount importance since it indicates purity. Clothing appears in numerous contexts in the Bible ; the most prominent passages are: Furthermore, the priests officiating in the Temple in Jerusalem had very specific garments, the lack of which made one liable to death.
The Quran says about husbands and wives, regarding clothing: Jewish ritual also requires rending of one's upper garment as a sign of mourning. This practice is found in the Bible when Jacob hears of the apparent death of his son Joseph. According to archaeologists and anthropologists, the earliest clothing likely consisted of fur , leather , leaves, or grass that were draped, wrapped, or tied around the body. Knowledge of such clothing remains inferential, since clothing materials deteriorate quickly compared to stone, bone, shell and metal artifacts.
Archeologists have identified very early sewing needles of bone and ivory from about 30, BC, found near Kostenki , Russia in Scientists are still debating when people started wearing clothes. Ralf Kittler, Manfred Kayser and Mark Stoneking, anthropologists at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology , have conducted a genetic analysis of human body lice that suggests clothing originated around , years ago.
Body lice are an indicator of clothes-wearing, since most humans have sparse body hair, and lice thus require human clothing to survive. Their research suggests that the invention of clothing may have coincided with the northward migration of modern Homo sapiens away from the warm climate of Africa , thought to have begun between 50, and , years ago.
However, a second group of researchers using similar genetic methods estimate that clothing originated around , years ago. Some human cultures, such as the various peoples of the Arctic Circle , traditionally make their clothing entirely of prepared and decorated furs and skins.
Other cultures supplemented or replaced leather and skins with cloth: Although modern consumers may take the production of clothing for granted, making fabric by hand is a tedious and labor-intensive process involving fiber making, spinning, and weaving.
Different cultures have evolved various ways of creating clothes out of cloth. One approach simply involves draping the cloth. The clothes may simply be tied up dhoti and sari ; or pins or belts hold the garments in place kilt and sarong. The cloth remains uncut, and people of various sizes can wear the garment. Another approach involves measuring, cutting, and sewing the cloth by hand or with a sewing machine.
Clothing can be cut from a sewing pattern and adjusted by a tailor to the wearer's measurements. An adjustable sewing mannequin or dress form is used to create form-fitting clothing. If the fabric is expensive, the tailor tries to use every bit of the cloth rectangle in constructing the clothing; perhaps cutting triangular pieces from one corner of the cloth, and adding them elsewhere as gussets.
Traditional European patterns for men's shirts and women's chemises take this approach. These remnants can also be reused to make patchwork hats, vests, and skirts. Modern European fashion treats cloth much less conservatively, typically cutting in such a way as to leave various odd-shaped cloth remnants.
Industrial sewing operations sell these as waste; home sewers may turn them into quilts. In the thousands of years that humans have been making clothing, they have created an astonishing array of styles, many of which have been reconstructed from surviving garments, photos , paintings , mosaics , etc. Costume history can inspire current fashion designers , as well as costumiers for plays , films , television , and historical reenactment. The mechanization of the textile industry made many varieties of cloth widely available at affordable prices.
Styles have changed, and the availability of synthetic fabrics has changed the definition of "stylish". In the latter half of the 20th century, blue jeans became very popular, and are now worn to events that normally demand formal attire. Activewear has also become a large and growing market. Jeans in the Western dress code are worn by both men and women. There are several unique styles of jeans found which include: The licensing of designer names was pioneered by designers like Pierre Cardin in the s and has been a common practice within the fashion industry from about the s.
By the early years of the 21st century, western clothing styles had, to some extent, become international styles. This process began hundreds of years earlier, during the periods of European colonialism.
The process of cultural dissemination has perpetuated over the centuries as Western media corporations have penetrated markets throughout the world, spreading Western culture and styles.
Fast fashion clothing has also become a global phenomenon. These garments are less expensive, mass-produced Western clothing.
Donated used clothing from Western countries are also delivered to people in poor countries by charity organizations. People may wear ethnic or national dress on special occasions or in certain roles or occupations. For example, most Korean men and women have adopted Western-style dress for daily wear, but still wear traditional hanboks on special occasions, like weddings and cultural holidays.
Items of Western dress may also appear worn or accessorized in distinctive, non-Western ways. A Tongan man may combine a used T-shirt with a Tongan wrapped skirt, or tupenu. Most sports and physical activities are practiced wearing special clothing, for practical, comfort or safety reasons. Common sportswear garments include shorts , T-shirts , tennis shirts , leotards , tracksuits , and trainers. Specialized garments include wet suits for swimming , diving or surfing , salopettes for skiing and leotards for gymnastics.
Your one-stop styling destination for clothing, shoes, bags, accessories and beauty. Another Story of Enough: My Clothing Fast. Great story! I love the clothing-purge idea. I always recommend everyone who is considering downsizing their clothing collection to take an inventory of what you have. The average piece of clothing lasts more than wash cycles. So, assuming you only have 10 shirts and wash them every time you. Another_Story, Bangkok, Thailand. 6, likes · 69 talking about this. We are progressive We are subjective We are eclectic.