Different Lifestyle Trends That Will Leave You Feeling Zen | Clozette


Whether we like to admit it or not, the fast-paced and modern lifestyle has made it a bit difficult for us to find happiness. The hectic schedules of our everyday life have left us all feeling exhausted. Even outside work, we find ourselves struggling to keep up with our household duties. As a result, we’ve become more susceptible to burnout, which could, in turn, seriously affect our health. We’re all compelled to overachieve, and while giving our best effort isn’t bad, sometimes, we forget to take a break in our pursuit of what we think is best. Reconnect with yourself and find your Zen by trying out these different lifestyle trends from around the globe. 



Kanso


Kanso is one of the many minimalist lifestyle trends that require you to have a simple home to appreciate beauty


Find Zen right in the comfort of your own home with kanso. Called the Japanese equivalent of feng shui, kanso is a minimalist approach not only to interior design but also to life. The concept derived from Zen Buddhism is all about simplicity and harmonising with your environment. To find more peace, kanso encourages us to free more space in the room by de-cluttering it of unnecessary objects. Keep only what’s necessary — this way, energy will flow more freely, giving your mind and soul clarity so that you can appreciate the beauty of your life. 


Hygge


Cozy nook


Pronounced as hoo-gah, this Danish word roughly means “cosiness” but this lifestyle trend that gained popularity in recent years means so much more than that. For the Danes, hygge is a way to find moments to celebrate during the mundane, dark days of winter. Unlike other philosophies that might require you to make drastic changes with your lifestyle, hygge only really requires you to live in the moment, making it one of the easiest wellness concepts to adopt. It’s really just about finding joys in simple, intimate things in life. Whether it’s that warm cup of coffee during rainy nights or enjoying a movie night with the fam — you just have to be conscious enough to find the silver lining in these tiny moments.


Fika


A cup of coffee


One of the many lifestyle trends that made waves recently was fika. A fika can basically mean a quick coffee break, but it’s more of a social phenomenon in Sweden. For Swedes, it’s a legitimate reason for them to set aside moments for quality time, whether it be with friends, colleagues, with their families, or even just with themselves. It’s a tradition observed any time in the day, preferably for several times. At many working places, there are even scheduled fika times to improve everyone’s productivity. Incorporate it into your every day by having quick coffee breaks every now and then. When you have a fika, be sure to pair the beverage of your choice with some sweets or pastries.



Meraki


Person painting on a sketchpad


Meraki also came about when a number of lifestyle trends from around the globe rose in popularity. The Greek word has no direct translation in English, but it is an adjective used by modern Greeks to describe when they do something with their soul. It isn’t considered a wellness concept really, but applying this sort of attitude in what we do would make our lives a bit brighter. Though it’s usually associated with activities like cooking, it can also be applied to any aspect of life. Simply take pleasure in your work, give it all the attention and love. Enjoy the process, only then you can stand tall and be proud of what you’ve achieved after.



Ubuntu


Friends huddling


Lastly, of course, as human beings, we can’t only exist for ourselves. Living selfishly and in isolation never results in a happy ending. That’s the whole philosophy of Ubuntu. The term roughly means humanity, or “I am because we are." Originating in South Africa, it’s a belief that forms the “togetherness” of the community. Because our humanity depends on others, we can’t be truly happy as long as others aren’t. This way of living can be practised in small ways, through sharing, caring, and respecting. Basically, find peace and happiness by doing what you want others to do unto you. 



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There's a new addition to the list of weird style trends we think you'll like: the spliced fabric. And it's so intriguing that we thought it deserved its own article. This particular trend is very similar to the Frankenstein look that became popular last year. To recap, these are clothes — mostly dresses — that feature pattern hybrids. But while these only play with different prints, the spliced trend takes it to a whole new level by experimenting with different block colours and silhouettes. 


We're not gonna lie, it takes guts and loads of confidence to pull it off. Despite that, never be afraid to try because how else would you know if this look is for you. Ahead, the ways newbies can sport the spliced fabric trend.


Look for familiar silhouettes



Going for revamped familiar silhouettes is the best place to start if you just wanna dip your toes on this trend. It will also rejuvenate your love for old favourites from your childhood. Think polo shirts and dresses are boring now? You won't anymore when you add the spliced fabric style to the mix. Check out this playful piece from PH5 for evidence.


Think chic



Experimenting with a new style can go wrong easily if you go overboard. The antidote? Pick a sleek and chic one-piece. It's not at all difficult to style since the look is already set and all you have to do is pick shoes and bags that will complement the colours of your outfit.


For the sporty gals



Athleisure has a come a long way from just styling gym clothes into office outfits. Now, it's a whole style genre that stands on its own. If you love this type of simple and straightforward style but also want to try out new innovative looks from time to time, then the spliced fabric trend is perfect for this. Look for oversized pieces with a simple hybrid design that can serve as outerwear. 


Go for double-duty looks



Is it a dress or a coat? Surprise, it's both! Intriguing silhouettes like this piece from Monse doesn't just generate interest but is also very practical and easy to style. No more thinking about how to look good in layers during the colder months. Wearing this double-duty one-piece is a great way to be fashion-forward in a jiffy!


(Cover photo from: @ph5official)


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Who would've known that straw bags will become timeless staples, especially during the summer? Fun and stylish, it's no wonder these bags have landed in many's wardrobes. Case in point: the Clozette Community. From baskets to round totes, it's time to curate your next summer vacation outfits with the help of these inspirations!



Picnic Basket


Picnic Basket
(Photo from: shermaineinez)


Mini Bucket


Mini Bucket
(Photo from: MariaElaine)


Woven Circle Tote


Woven Circle Tote
Woven Circle Tote
Woven Circle Tote
(Photo from: Winnieloves)


Shopper Bag


Shopper Bag
(Photo from: Suzanneooi)



Rattan Crossbody


Rattan Crossbody
Rattan Crossbody
Rattan Crossbody
(Photo from: Lingwei)


(Cover photo from: Lingwei)



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