We talked about basic ideas behind minimalism in some other posts on here, but I want to go into a bit more detail on how a minimalist wardrobe can really save you money and time! A minimalist wardrobe is not as boring as you think. It is simply a way of making things easier and allowing yourself to be less consumer driven and be not only OK with the basics, but happy about them. Here are some ways a minimalist wardrobe can make your life easier.
How To Simplify Your Life With a Minimalist Wardrobe
First, let's talk a little bit about what I mean when I say “Minimalist Wardrobe”. In this case, I am speaking of having less to choose from, but making sure the pieces you have go well with each other and mix an match easily. It is getting rid of the idea that you need a pair of shoes for each outfit, a handbag for each shirt and 10 “little black dresses” for many different occasions. This may be hard for you to do if you really enjoy shopping for clothes, but I promise you that you will find that getting ready for the day or a special event will almost be a no-brainer and no longer will you sit in front of your closet and wonder what you will wear.
Here are some ways to create your minimalist wardrobe:
Go through your closet and take an honest look at it. Do you have shirts, slacks or skirts that only go with one thing in there? Do you have clothing that doesn't fit or is in need of repairs you can't do? These are some of the things you can downsize in your closet. The idea is to have items in your wardrobe that can easily go with many other things. Think of your wardrobe the way you would if this was your toddler. You would buy many separates that were mix and match to simplify dressing them. This is how your own closet should look.
Don't think that a minimalist wardrobe can't contain nice pieces. In fact, it is better in line with the minimalist lifestyle to have a few great pieces that are of high quality rather than to have many lower priced and lower quality pieces. Think Quality over Quantity.
Keep some accessories that match many things you own. These are a great way to make outfits that are somewhat plain have some fashionable flair. Keeping a couple scarves around is great for this! Simple cardigans and blazers are also good.
Try to go for some solid colors that will match everything. For instance, you might get some solid and neutral colored camisoles to layer under other things. Cardigans in solid colors are also great.
Decide how much you need to keep in your closet and keep it at that level, only purchasing something new as things wear out. If enough pieces for a 2 week period of time makes sense then do that. If you have enough that you can mix it up all week long, keep it at that.
Keeping your wardrobe down to just a few basics can make it really easy to create an outfit. You also won't be cluttering up the space with items you will only wear a couple times. Before you buy anything new, think of what you already have. Will it be versatile enough to go with at least 3 other things in your closet?
Not only is this way of minimalizing this area of your life convenient, it also save you money because you won't feel the need to keep up with the newest trends by purchasing entire new outfits. If you buy basics that are timeless, you can jazz them up with a few low cost accessories to update.
Do you keep a minimalist wardrobe? I would love to hear your tips for making it work in your lifestyle!