M14

During the Christmas holidays, I was at my friend’s apartment in Vancouver having a glass wine and enjoying the graceful snowfall. We just finished watching a documentary together called Minimalism. The documentary’s title is self-explanatory, revealing an insight that living with what we only NEED is sufficient and emotionally rewarding. It sounds simple enough – living with only what we need. But in actuality, it takes a lot more discipline and self-awareness to execute.

After the documentary, I had a discussion with my friend and asked him if he thought it was possible to live with a minimal wardrobe, one that incorporates the “10 Essentials“, or whatever the number is, bloggers tend to endorse. I am very intrigued with the idea of a minimalistic wardrobe, but, truthfully, I have an extensive wardrobe and have no intention of eliminating 80% – 90% as the documentary suggests. Evidently, I am also an advocate for using clothing as a form of expressing one’s individuality. However I am aware that the reverse may be argued such that utilizing a minimalistic wardrobe is, in itself, a form of expression. I always believe that once you have established your wardrobe, a “uniform” or uniformity between your looks will be present.

Therefore the true motive in question is, can we create an individual’s “uniform” and simultaneously express ourselves thoroughly by utilizing a minimal wardrobe or one with a fixed amount of garments? The answer seems straightforward enough but the skeptic in me believes that nothing is conclusive until proper experimentation has occurred.

Thus I introduce you to M14. Minimalism 14, is a fun, somewhat quirky and discipline oriented project scheduled for the entire month of February. For the next 28 days, I am going to be ONLY wearing 14 chosen items from my existing wardrobe.

The goal of M14 is to primarily conclude if I can find a concrete answer to the posed question above and provide evidence that you do not need a large wardrobe to dress well. But, also, to allow me to revisit my wardrobe, remove unnecessary waste, be contented with it and to determine if my style, which I would frequently describe as wearing formal pieces casually, is still present/coherent with a limited amount of clothing.

What you can expect from M14? Outfit photos and reflections (mostly struggles) upon adopting a minimalistic wardrobe.

I intend to document each day’s outfit. However, realistically, as much as I like to, I don’t think I will be able to do it for the entirety of February. I will be leaving the country in the middle of February for a few days and I am still deliberating if I should continue the project or simply extend it into March. This hesitation comes in as I have specific clothes that I am much more comfortable travelling with, such as cargo trousers, M-65 jacket etc. I have yet to come to a conclusive decision but I will be sure to update you guys as we inch closer to the travelling date.

The 14 items that I am about to introduce is congruent with typically what I think the advantage man needs in his wardrobe, a few formal pieces in the mix but mostly casual articles. Additionally, you will notice that I deliberately used neutral colours, namely greys, navy and a little bit of brown and olives, for this project. However, considering it is Winter, most of these items are season specific, which is another aspect as to why I think it’s hard to establish a wardrobe based on a fixed number of items. Also bare in mind that some of these items are interchangeable with your preferred type of garment, for an instance one of chosen my items is a Blackwatch Quilted Jacket that can be easily switched for a more commonly sourced Denim Jacket. Lastly, these 14 items do not include accessories – particularly, pocket squares, belts, gloves and scarves. But for the purpose of this project I will only be using one of each, x1 belt, x1 glove etc. I know it’s feels a little duplicitous but I decided to give myself a little leeway considering it’s my first attempt on embracing minimalism.

Without further adieu, allow me to introduce the project’s carefully curated 14 items.

1) Raw Denim

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2) Grey Flannel Trousers

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3) Dark Brown Winter Boots

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4) Wingtip Boots

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5) Grey Flannel Shirt

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6) Olive Turtleneck

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7) Charcoal Turtleneck

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8) Chunky Knitted Turtleneck Sweater

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9) Grey Shawl Collar Cardigan

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10) Blackwatch Quilted Jacket

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11) Navy Hopsack Blazer (Or Brown Corduroy Trousers)

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12) Navy Blazer (Okay… I know I am cheating here, but frankly they can be interchangeable, a single breasted for the more conservative individual and the double breasted option for the dandier individual.)

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13) Charcoal Herringbone Topcoat

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14) Canadian Goose Parka

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On a brief note, I foresee myself being quickly dissatisfied by dressing with such a limited amount of items. But I am hopeful that this project will alleviate my recent issue of taking forever to get dressed and allow me to properly establish a sense of uniformity within my wardrobe.

Disclaimer: I understand that this project may appear mundane for my readers. But, as mentioned above, I wanted to demonstrate that a large wardrobe does not necessarily equate being well-dressed. Additionally, the reality is that most mens wardrobes are small so hopefully this project will be relatable to you. I hope I do not lose any of my beloved readers through this process and, if it’s any consolation, I will still be posting content that is separate from M14.

As always, thank you for reading and visit this page regularly to stay updated with my month long minimalism project/menswear content!

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