Have you heard of Cuyana? I saw them mentioned on a blog or two last year but didn’t sit up and take notice of the brand until I read their feature in this month’s issue of Matchbook Magazine. While the brand’s story about responsibly sourcing their products and designing every collection around a specific country is appealing, what struck a chord with me was the idea of having “fewer, better things” as exemplified by their Lean Closet Movement.
Streamlining one’s wardrobe is not a new idea. In fact, partially inspired by Jess Lively’s challenge, I went through my closet last year and gave away everything that didn’t fit my body or my life anymore. The standard I used was “If an emergency strikes, can a complete stranger come into my closet and pack this into an overnight bag for me?” Obviously, I wasn’t talking about ball gowns and bridesmaid dresses, but rather, I wanted to focus on the basics, making sure that all my jeans were comfy and fit, that my intimates weren’t shameful (you know what I mean) and that all my sweaters and shirts could be counted on to flatter. I didn’t want anybody to ever be in the position of pulling items out of my wardrobe in an attempt to help me, only to discover that I was actually the hoarder of a life and body that are no longer mine. It wasn’t a completely painless process but I was proud of myself in the end. Imagine my horror, only a few months later, at realizing that this was not a one-time ordeal. The process of editing my affairs has only just begun and as I grow into my personal style, being selective about the items I choose to make a part of my worldly estate, whether they be clothes, books or cooking ingredients is a daily effort.
I love the way Cuyana states the Lean Closet goal “to enable us to simplify what we have so we are left only with pieces we love and to effortlessly wear everything we own, ” and reading the posts in Lean Closet series has helped inspire me to refocus on streamlining my life, whether it be by improving my social media experience or cleaning out my closet. I don’t just want a lean closet, I want a lean life. Leaner relationships, leaner bookcase (okay, that one might be tough), leaner social calendar. I don’t want (or need) everything. I want fewer, better things. Thank you, Cuyana, for reminding me of that.
What do you think of the Lean Closet movement?