4 Reasons Minimalist Style Works for Girls with Vitiligo
Take a minute and imagine the feeling you get when you walk out the door wearing your favorite outfit. Can you feel the confidence oozing from your smile? Wearing your favorite clothes gives you an extra spark, and if you ask me, that’s what minimalist style is all about – wearing your favorite clothes and feeling great in them. Here’s why the style works for me and why I think it will work for other girls with vitiligo too.
1. Minimalist style is timelessly trendy.
Minimalist style requires a limited wardrobe, so you end up sticking to the tried-and-true styles that work for you, instead of picking up the latest fads. For example, I generally only wear three pairs of pants – black, white and a pair of jeans. Print leggings, ripped jeans and colored pants are great, but the more basic, “everyday” looks will stay with you over time.
2. It’s budget-friendly.
It’s a numbers game: the fewer clothes you have, the less you need to buy, which saves you money. You’ll also start being more intentional in your shopping. Instead of spending your hard earned cash on clothes that you’ll toss next season, you’ll invest in versatile pieces that you can keep for the long-run. Think fewer purchases with better results. Your wallet will thank you.
3. It’s a confidence booster, especially for girls with vitiligo.
This is the real win for me, and the biggest reason why I think girls with vitiligo should adopt a minimalist closet. While I absolutely believe that confidence needs to come from the inside, we can all appreciate the little boost of confidence we get from our clothes. In no way should clothes and accessories be used as a crutch for our insecurities, but the way we dress is a part of our identity – our style makes a statement. Wearing our favorite clothes helps us feel more comfortable in our own skin and that is a beautiful thing.
4. It’s just simpler and easier.
Life is just simpler when you have fewer clothes. It’s easier to get dressed in the morning, to pack for a trip or vacation and to do your laundry. As a girl who spent half of her education in a uniform, the idea of deciding what to wear every day takes a lot of energy. Fewer clothes mean fewer decisions. You’ll also create your own “uniform” given the pieces you choose to keep, creating a unique style just for you.
Erika Page is a writer and blogger with universal vitiligo. Her first spots appeared on her spine when she was seven years old and today vitiligo covers her entire body. Based just south of Washington, D.C., Erika founded Living Dappled to create a community of inspiration and hope for girls and women living with vitiligo.