Crucial Questions Before You Purchase

As a purveyor of the Minimalistic Gent lifestyle, you need a foundational understanding of the criterion you must adhere to before making your next purchase.

The minimalistic lifestyle beckons for a wiser methodology to purchases; ensuring clutter-free areas.  The following questions offer brief ideas to ponder before the purchase of a  new item:

1. Will this purchase cannibalize the usage of another item?

The immediate question you must ask yourself is if there is already an item that serves the same purpose as the item you are positioned to buy.  An example would be the purchase of a new belt.  As an item where you can only don a singular iteration, does this item evoke a different enough look where you will be able to utilize each belt for different occasions?  Often times we purchase for various derisory reasons that are not related to functionality, and if the item is too similar in purpose or aesthetics, you do not need the item because of the presence of your item that already performs that task.

2. Does purchasing this item cause a dissonance in who I am?

With the presence of many outside sources, especially from social media, we often find ourselves interested in outlandish items that generally do not resonate with our persona. It is important to be idiosyncratic, and if an extravagant item reverberates with your individuality greatly and it consummates who you are, than you should make that purchase.  With so much noise challenging our stylistic prowess, it can be easy to jump on trending items that look phenomenal on others.  These items though project insubstantial cues that are not everlasting in your own modus operandi. A gentleman is exceptional in his self-confidence and only dons items that amplify his personal style.

3. Does this product have exceptional quality that will last an extended amount of time?

In order to minimize your possessions, quality needs to be taken into account.  Often, required purchases stem from the replacement of low-quality items that do not last.  It is extremely easy to make smaller commitments to items because of their low costs, but weigh the consequences of these actions; including time lost in shopping and capital wasted on replacement of inferior items.  These are two essentials of life that should not be squandered, and it can be avoided through the purchase of high-quality items with long shelf-lives.

4. Will the purchase of this item cause me stress?

When making the final decision to purchase, it is important to think of the corollary of feelings associated with the purchase.  What is the upkeep requirements of this item?  Is the item’s cost so excessive that it will cause anxiety?  Salient in our analysis of this item, it is the cost of doing business with this item.  Maintenance is pivotal in the acquirement of high-quality items that last an extended period of time, but are you willing to make that time commitment?  No item is worth overtaxing your emotions, and the procurement process of attaining an item should be exciting and enjoyable.

5. Will this item have future value?

Thinking of a long-term strategy will enable yourself to rationalize why you need this item.  An example would be for a beautifully crafted luxury watch.  Will this watch appreciate over time in value?  Will this watch be passed down to my next of kin? These are great attributes of an item that will vindicate the reason for their acquirement.  The legacy of these items should be taken into account as it discourages wasteful spending, and could potentially have future residuals that can be enjoyed for generations to come.

Although many minimalists will advocate for the entire renunciation of purchases, we at the Minimalistic Gent encourage the purchase of items if they are able to positively reinforce all of these questions.  Understanding the rationality of your purchasing decisions is paramount in reducing the sheer amount of possessions in your household, and these questions will aid in the acquisitions of only the quintessential items that will further yourself as a modern gentleman.

 

The Importance of Thoughtful Purchases

We often squander money on low-quality bargains that seem like scholarly decisions at first but are regretted upon later. If you are ready to learn the potent decision-making tool, you’ll need the Minimalistic Gent’s guide to exemplary purchases.

How many instances can you recall of making a purchasing decision that you regret at a later date?  When given the option, did you choose the item that lacked minor traits but you bought it because it was a wiser economic deal? Alas, this scenario is all too uncommon, and usually, individuals end up purchasing the more expensive option because of the inadequacies of the first decision.  In order to avoid this deplorable ordeal, we recommend investing into the item you indubitably want from the onset to discourage wasteful usage of your time and resources.

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Procuring the quintessential item that you have contemplated long hours on will inevitably allow you to conserve funds.  Often times, short-sided actions of purchasing a secondary, non-ideal item will  perpetuate you to buy another item because of its inadequacies. The constant musing on your original plan of action causes you to reminisce on the loss of quality that you held dear in your selection. Forcing you to double the original investment on the product of your choice, this type of behavior forces you to spend extraneously.  Keeping your purchases limited in number is an important aspect of being a Minimalistic Gent, and only by making an informed and effectual purchase will you exude that persona.

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Taking a precise approach to your purchases enables you to be much more informed on the item you are buying.   Although arduous, finding the item you really want requires you to truly understand what you necessitate and require for fulfillment.  Apprehending the implications of your desire allows for heavy comprehension and intense contemplation on the value it provides to your life.  By taking the approach of an enlightened erudite on the item of question, you will make a sophisticated yet practical decision.

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Purchasing the object of lesser value and quality means settling for an inferior, subordinate item that causes you to reminisce about the decision you made.  If you truly desire a specific item of opulence, it is pivotal that you make it a point to achieve that goal.  Compromising on a goal of yours is runner-up mentality, and you need to be the maximized gentleman you were destined to be.  In order to keep yourself from constantly recalling about the resolution you agreed upon, be patient in your endeavor and purchase the item you truly want.  Exceptional work ethic and supreme patience are two principal aspects of prestigious gentleman and knowledge of the key lesson of unprecedented eminence.

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As a prolific gentleman of style, you know the importance of being unconventional yet extraordinary. Although many would argue that accepting the item of lesser prominence is acceptable behavior, you are not a man of the status-quo.  Instead, you know the psychological implications of settling and the wasteful nature of unfavorable spending in the case of repurchasing.  Show the bravado and patience of a true gentleman and allow yourself to relish in the true item of opulence that you have sought out.  Only then can you be a true practitioner of the Minimalistic Gent lifestyle and maximize your essential-filled behaviors.

 

A Methodical Approach to Accessories

An impassioned individual knows the acute capacity accessories have to accentuating an exemplary outfit.  Should you need to know the modus operandi of how to wear accessories at your next soirée, you will need the Minimalistic Gent’s guide to accessories. 

Perspicacious gentlemen understand the delicate approach to the methodology of donning accessories.  Like fine seasonings, accessories should enhance the flavor of an outfit in order to make it a more effervescent and captivating ensemble.  Being absurdly over ambition in one’s appurtenance leads to outrageous style faux pas that can be onerous on one’s perceived style proficiency.  By taking a minimalist approach to the acquisition of superlative items of opulence, you can produce a polished and impressive display of style proficiency.  As a gentleman of classically refined style, it is your obligation to be well-versed in understanding the fine line of sophisticated incorporation and ostentatious impropriety when accessorizing.

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Careful observation of others provides a framework to a methodology into what amount of accessories are appropriate; before setting into the realm of extravagant flamboyancy.  Everyone’s grasp of style is different and an acute appreciation of others modus operandi to dress will allow you to emulate their sophisticated style choices.  Garnered through a differential, un-presumptuous point-of-view, scrutiny of others will allow for quick acquisition of the grandeurs of understanding the delicate idiosyncratic cues of style; allowing you to be more well-versed to see what accessories are appropriate for your wear.

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Before performing a complete style overhaul and purchasing a plethora of accessories, one must take a more drawn-out approach to the protracted addition of items.  The prevalent saying, “less is more” holds true in this avenue which lessens the opportune to be uncouth in your choice of supplemental style articles.  We recommend the addition of singular, unforgettable items over a prolonged course of time to add minute flair to any outfit.  An example would be in the realm of rings, adding a singular lavish ring should be analyzed over an extended time period.  Truly relish in the addition of a new accessory choice before glorifying the gluttony of constant acquisition.  Adding singular items allow you anchorage on your personal style, allowing you to truly adore your items of procurement and to savor the stylistic eminence those items portray.

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Although one should never allow faulty criticism to govern one’s life, suggestions from virtuosos of style should be acknowledged.  Small-minded individuals will coerce you into intimidation, away from the bravery of new and unique accessory choices.  Knowing the difference between a supportive connoisseur of style and a disgruntled critic of discontent can be difficult to perceive, but a true erudite of personal confidence will key into the prodigious difference.  In addition, taking an unconvincing approach to criticism will be advantageous when it is an item you truly venerate.  Massive feedback provides veneration in your work as an empowering visionary or your mistake as an unwavering klutz of style.  Enabling yourself to not be deluded by envious critics will empower your credence in your own fashion, but taking the advice of style savants will help to mold your ongoing commitment to subtle accessorizing.

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Taking a minimalist approach to adding accessories allow for subtleties in the exaltation of classical gentleman style.  Taking a systematic approach to adding singular items over a period of time will allow for your personal fashion choices to shine without being overly gaudy and unbecoming.  The little touches of pizzazz that you add to your outfits should be elegantly utilized and each piece should exude a feeling of refined robustness that will be noticed with the individuals that you decide to accompany yourself with.  Accessories are the flavorings of outfits that can be stupendously monumental in constructing a phenomenal outfit, but be sure to err on the side of caution in picking the precise objects that will exude the sentiments you wish to receive.  Examination of minuscule items of luxury allows for prosperity in style, and a gentleman should be imperturbable in the phlegmatic choices he makes on breathtaking accessories.

The Value Proposition of a Rolex

For many, owning their first Rolex is a sign of success and affluence that many aspire to achieve.  Should you be ready to purchase your first Rolex, you’ll need the Minimalistic Gent’s guide to understanding the value proposition of this easily distinguishable watch.

When talking about his prominent character James Bond, Ian Fleming, the creator of the James Bond novels, articulated, “He could not just wear a watch. It had to be a Rolex.”  Founded in 1905 by German watchmaker Hans Wilsdorf, Rolex, as a brand, reached elegant prominence in professional settings to be the ubiquitous object signaling success. Seeded in the ownership of prominent A-list celebrities, affluent entrepreneurs, and successful individuals globally, the exalted excellence that Rolex emanates is prestigious.  Although there are other opulent brands that connoisseurs will argue in favor of, none are as illustriously known as Rolex.  Experience is the best educator on the indoctrination of  an aficionado, and we advise every successful gentleman to own at least one Rolex in their lifetime.

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To proselytize the rationale for possessing a Rolex, one must look at the zeitgeist of the brand’s history.  The prolific name Rolex stemmed from the ease of pronunciation across all cultures and the eloquent way it displayed on the actual timepieces.  Owning the epic tale of the creation of the very first water-proof watch, Rolex’s historical feats are numerous.  Crossing the English Channel in 1927, the Rolex Oyster passed a true trial of its water-proof capabilities by being on the wrist of Mercedes Gleitze and retaining full functionality throughout the strenuous ordeal.  1933 also marked a year where Rolex garnered huge media publicity; being on the wrists of the crew who first flew over Mount Everest. Sir Malcolm Campbell in 1935 set the land speed world record at 300mph while wearing a Rolex which attests to the unique narratives that make this brand so noteworthy.  With innumerable legends riddled throughout history, Rolex has ascertained a fabled legacy of being found on the wrists of successful individuals.

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Historic significance of the brand has cemented Rolex’s prominence in the watch industry, but it is their attention to the finished product that continues the perpetuation of their legacy.  Withstanding an entire year of testing, each Rolex is hand-crafted with extravagant materials that are manufactured in-house.  Unstinting lengths are undertaken in the makeup of these horological masterpieces; with Rolex having all of the internal resources to produce their own fine materials such as steel and gold. Rolex sets elevated standards when it comes to their craftsmanship, and their research and design team are continually pushing the extortionate standards that allow Rolex their imaginative yet pragmatic designs.  The name Rolex is synonymous with hand-crafted quality and premier exclusivity that any successful gentleman can truly appreciate.

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As a purveyor of the Minimalistic Gent lifestyle, one must wonder the rationale behind owning an extravagant watch of opulence.  The functionality of utilizing a singular watch exacerbates the need for that timepiece to be a superlative object of quality and recognition.  Rolex is a global brand, and there are few watch companies that are equally appreciated by both casual enthusiasts and zealous savants which indicates their prominence in contemporary culture.  When making the life decision  to live with less, high quality items, one can not deny the paramount value proposition that Rolex offers.

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Owning a Rolex is a prominent milestone signaling prosperous success. Historically, the brand has always respected the impressive accomplishments of others, and they will always be found on the wrists of awe-inspiring individuals with a taste for excellence.  With such an incredible legacy, every gentleman should eventually achieve their aspiration of owning one of these stupendous watches. The quintessential accessory that every gentleman should own is a superb wrist watch, and Rolex provides an excellent value proposition for it to be your watch of choice.

A New Perspective to Collecting Items

A true gentleman knows that clutter and disorganization are two of the key ineffectual habits that inhibits productivity.  As individuals who still enjoy the grandeurs of life, a modern approach to the acquisition of items needs to be taken in order to reduce the stress associated with a large amount of possessions.

Accumulating a plethora of goods has become a typical status quo of what it means to be a purveyor of success.  As previous curators of anything collectible, we too once felt the incessant need to purchase additional items in order to find the temporary boost of contentment from the ownership of something fresh.  Unfortunately, this feeling is fleeting and is not an interminable path to elation, so an avant-garde alternative would be to change your personal definition of collecting.

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Instead of collecting mass amounts of items, resolve to procure only the upscale, precious items that virtuosos appreciate.  Eliminating the cursory enjoyment you receive from constant purchases, delve into the realm of collecting significant, unforgettable pieces that any connoisseur would appreciate.  Whatever you are collecting and find value from, commit to downsizing the collection to fund the acquisition of the items of most magnificence in that particular sector.  Seemingly counter-intuitive, this instead enables you to relinquish items that are not as pivotal to your curation of items and enables you freedom of space to really appreciate the nonpareil items that others will admire.

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An example of the conceptualization of this divergent idea can pertain to a gentleman’s watch collection.  There is a functional limitation of only needing to wear a singular watch on one’s wrist at any given moment.  Therefore, downsizing a collection of 12 watches would potentially allow for the purchase of higher-end watches with stronger value propositions.  Having three impressively expensive, high-quality watches would instead enable one the ability to upgrade into the grandeur of a connoisseur’s collection of opulence instead of a huge collection of clutter.

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In your pursuit of an unparalleled, condensed collection you will understand that in almost all collecting habits there is always a better item that is perhaps more expensive or exclusive.  This truth enables you to still find deep enjoyment in the hobby of collecting but in a different contemporary way.  With the example of watches, you are limited to three high-end solid watches.  The pleasure derived from this collecting process is from the choices made on what items can remain and which ones must be removed.  Frequent upgrades are possible in this collecting style which will not take away the euphoria experienced from the purchase of new, fresh products. Being concise with your collection means removing items to fund or upgrade new ones; enabling you to attain items you never thought was possible.

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Frankly, being a minimalist takes discipline, and being an austere gentleman who is rigid on his accumulation of possessions requires onerous decisions that are not natural to many.  Due to factors such as the eminence of social media, many see the accumulation of large quantities as an indication of success.  In reality though, the upkeep of titanic collections leads to unnecessary stress stemmed from living a profligate lifestyle.  In your journey of cultivating your gentleman persona, you also need to cultivate your collecting habits to be concise, prestigious, and significant.  Many minimalists will advocate for the total abandonment of any type of collecting habits, but we believe that fulfillment can come from items if they are invaluable to you.  The negative term hoarder comes from the idea of uncontrollable, habitual collecting, so find the items that are most pivotal in your collection to ensure you are viewed as the prestigious gentleman that has a keen eye to the majestic splendors of the world.