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Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus help over 20 million people live meaningful lives with less through their website, books, podcast, and documentary. The Minimalists have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Forbes, TIME, ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC, CBC, and NPR.

Podcast 056 | Clothing

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan talk about clothing brands, simple wardrobes, and minimalist accessories, and they answer the following questions:

  • How do I balance being a minimalist with my desire to own a full wardrobe of nice clothing?
  • What are the most responsible clothing manufacturers that produce the highest quality clothing?
  • I have purged most of my clothes, and I need to acquire well-made replacements that will last—where do I start?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, sharable, less-than-140-character answers to the lightning-round questions:

  • Joshua on managing a wardrobe in a volatile climate: “As with life, plan for the hot days and plan for the cold days.”
  • Ryan on managing a wardrobe in a volatile climate: “I can’t think of one good excuse to hoard clothes.”
  • Joshua on apparel emblazoned with pop culture references: “I avoid logos, brands, and advertisements whenever I can.”
  • Ryan on apparel emblazoned with pop culture references: “Wear what you love.”
  • Joshua on just-in-case clothing: “I own what I need, and I constantly reevaluate my needs.”
  • Ryan on just-in-case clothing: “Typically I remove items from my life I don’t use at least once a year.”
  • Joshua on ethical second-hand clothes retailers and donation warehouses: “Buying used clothes, no matter the brand, is often the most ethical way to shop.”
  • Ryan on ethical second-hand clothes retailers and donation warehouses: “No matter where I get my clothes, I usually wear them out before I get rid of them.”
  • Joshua on minimizing a wardrobe to meet the approval of others: “You don’t need anyone’s approval but your own.”
  • Ryan on minimizing a wardrobe to meet the approval of others: “Days are less stressful for those who can find a simple wardrobe to fit their lifestyle.”

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This episode was produced by Shawn Harding. Our theme music was written and performed by Peter Doran. Our podcasts are completely free, so if you found value in this episode, and you’d like to help us produce more, please consider donating a dollar to The Minimalists. Your donations help keep this podcast 100% advertisement-free (because advertisements suck).

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