A minimalist wardrobe can save you money and time! Check out our tips for simplifying your life with a minimalist wardrobe.
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 do have go well with each other and mix and 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.
Ways to Create A Minimalist Wardrobe
The first step is to look at what you already have. It may be as simple as removing the items you no longer wear. Or you may find the beginnings of a capsule wardrobe in your closet and then make a plan to build it out.
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.
Base it on a few colors that you like to wear.
One friend has a wardrobe based on black, white, and grey. Every piece mixes and matches with each other. She adds a little bit of red to add a pop of color. Another friend looks good in blues, so her wardrobe is based on Navy blue, light blue, and teal. She adds some basic khaki pieces that mix and match well with all the blues.
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 lots of 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 of scarves around is great for this! Simple cardigans and blazers are also good.
Add 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. If you have to dress formally for work, you may want a few solid blazers.
Set a limit and stick to it.
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 you have enough pieces for a 2 week period of time and that is working for you, then it makes sense to keep your clothing at that level. If you have enough that you can mix it up all week long, and you are content with that, then maintain that level.
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 space with items you will only wear a couple of 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 saves 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?