Junk jewelry and statement necklaces are currently very trendy here in Bangladesh. I hardly had to invest to stay relevant because my mom had the most amazing collection of such jewelry. She had compiled it over the years-mostly gifts from either her sister-in-laws staying abroad or from me and my brother as mother’s day or birthday gifts.
When she took on hijab, the floodgate opened for me. I had it all to myself. I had something to match with every new clothing I bought. Even then, on top of that, I bought a earring here or a chained locket there. So naturally, I gathered a collection much larger than my mom’s, with the gifts that I got and the jewelry that I bought.
It was nice to have something to match with my saris and tops; I liked getting complimented for them too. However, until Minimalism bug bit me, I didn’t realize how rarely I actually wore ALL those jewelry. If I am being completely honest, there were pieces in there that I never actually wore, followed by pieces that I wore only once. I repeat wore only a handful of them and those are the ones I kept going back to. Sounds familiar? I bet it does! Because we always end of wearing what we like the most, no matter how much we own.
I slowly realized that there isn’t any point of taking care of all the extra jewelry that I have stored in hopes that I might wear it someday, or worse might wear only once in my entire lifetime! They were taking up space-in my dresser drawers, in my mind space, in my life. As a trial run, in my first trip as a Minimalist to India, I packed only a bracelet and a necklace. I cant begin to tell you how relieving it was, not to wake up and worry about what to match with what. In fact, I realized the benefits of traveling light, both physically and mentality. I was able to focus outwards (on the trip, the views and the experiences) than me (perfect selfie, perfect profile picture, you know the drill !). You can read more about it in my blogpost, Traveling as a Minimalist.
After returning from my trip, I began to wear less of such jewelry. I discovered how much time I saved while getting ready, that was otherwise wasted on deciding which junk piece matched better with my outfit. I also realized how, in the past, I have unknowingly sacrificed comfort for the sake of fashion, choosing to wear a long dangling pair of earrings or a heavy necklace. I say “unknowingly sacrificed” because our consumer driven society had me wrapped up in a bubble. It had me convinced that fashion came at a price and I don’t mean the price tag on the accessories only. I was not allowed to explore that fashion and comfort can go hand in hand and that I didn’t have to buy all the trendy accessories to feel fashionable. Looking good and feeling beautiful is so much about our own sense of self-worth and confidence than the outfits and accessories we wear.
In the end, I decided to hold on to select few 5-6 pieces for now (which I have worn repeatedly) let the rest go. I say for now because I would like to minimize that number too. I have given away the rest. Yep, I really did!
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