Do you ever have the feeling that despite having a wardrobe overflowing with clothes you still have nothing to wear?
If you read that and thought - YES - then this post is for you.
Having your wardrobe stuffed with clothing is a problem and one that many of us have. You probably find yourself constantly buying new clothes and feeling the burden of constantly having too much stuff. Plus looking in the back of your wardrobe and finding something you forgot you even had!
If you have the problem of having too much stuff you may want to try to adopt a minimalist wardrobe.
What is a Minimalist Wardrobe?
A minimalist wardrobe is pretty much exactly what it sounds like - a wardrobe with minimal clothing items.
Did you know that most women wear about 20% of the clothing in their closet? That means that 80% of the close in your wardrobe has never been worn and is just sitting there! Having this much extra clothing not only takes up a ton of space that could be used for something else, but it is also a huge waste of money and extremely unsustainable.
Think of a minimalist wardrobe as a way to declutter your life, save money, and be a more sustainable fashion consumer. It is a way to add more to your life, with less. And today, I will help you do this!
A Guide for Creating A Minimalist Wardrobe
Buying clothes goes much deeper than just choosing what you like from the store that is the most convenient. In today's society, there is not just the initial cost of the item, but the cost of everything that has gone on behind the scenes to create it. Fast Fashion clothing items might seem like the best option because they are cheap and decent quality, but when creating a minimalist wardrobe you want quality, ethical clothing that will last.
There are three main guides to help you with the creation of your minimalist wardrobe and they are:
- Buy for the Present
- Quality > Quantity
- Make your wardrobe reflect your life
Buy For The Present
Buying for the presents means to buy what you need for right now. With a minimalist wardrobe, you will not be buying a pair of shorts in the winter, or a pair of jeans two sizes down for when you lose weight. Buy only what you need now and will be using it in the present.
Some additional tips for buying in the present:
- Keep a neutral colour pallet. Neutral clothing is great for transitioning to other seasons and can be worn year-round. You can also add a few accent colours to spice up your neutral wardrobe.
- One or Two Stand out Pieces is enough. You only need one or two pieces that are fun and "stand out" clothing items or accessories. This may be a sparkly pair of shoes or a rainbow-striped sweater.
- Think timeless and not trendy.
Quality > Quantity
Buying quality items will always be better for you in the long run. The higher quality means they last longer, can endure more and are more ethical. Here are some additional tips to follow:
- Invest more to get more. Well made fabrics and ethical clothing will cost more, but this cost will pay off in its benefits.
- Ask yourself where and when you will wear this piece. Make sure it's not a one-time clothing item and something that can be worn time and time again.
Make Your Wardrobe Reflect your Life
Your wardrobe is a reflecting of your life. Your personal style, your job, your hobbies can all be seen by looks at what you wear and how you care for what you wear. Here are some tips for treating your wardrobe to reflect your life.
- An organized and clean wardrobe equals a clean and organized life.
- Take some notes on your life. What are the top three things you spend the majority of time doing? If 60% of your life is spent at work then 60% of your closet should be made up of clothing for work.
- Do your laundry with care.
- Display your clothes proudly and with care.
- Always consider who made your clothes and what went into the creation of them.
Wardrobe Clean Up
Before creating your minimalist wardrobe it is important to do a wardrobe clean out and go through every single piece of clothing and decide if it stays or goes. The best way to clean out your wardrobe is by donating all clothing items you haven't worn in the last 5 months and won't wear in the next 5 months. Then donating any clothing items that don't fit, have broken aspects, or are not your style.
The process of cleaning out your wardrobe and re-wiring your brain to have a minimalist wardrobe can be difficult. It is hard to give up on your previous vices and take on a whole new outlook. However, a minimalist wardrobe will make your life feel less cluttered, more organized, and will give you a better feeling of ethical wellbeing.
Enjoy the journey of re-creating your wardrobe.