Minimalism. It’s been a buzz word on the fashion scene for a while now, but very few people really know what it is. Kind of like when someone says their relationship is “label-less” (like, what does that really mean? Isn’t label-less a label??) . On the blog today I thought I’d walk you through the idea behind having a minimalist wardrobe (also known as a capsule wardrobe) and explain the benefits and how to get started! I’ve always been a huge fan of minimalism and it’s definitely an idea that goes hand-in-hand with shopping on a budget!
What is it? Minimalism (when referring to clothing) is the idea of having fewer, more versatile pieces in your closet. At the heart, it’s quality versus quantity. The logic is that by having fewer items in your wardrobe, you can really hone in on your style and be able to afford nicer things that you’ll get loads of wear out of.
Why Should You do It? There are lots of benefits to creating a minimalist wardrobe! As mentioned above, you spend less money on “trendy” items that you’ll only wear a few times and therefore have more left over to invest in classic pieces that you’ll use over and over. It’s great for the environment as you’re throwing away less. It’s also great for your time as you can clearly see what you have available and can quickly make an outfit selection in the morning (well, as quickly as any woman can).
Who’s Doing it? EVERYONE. Okay, maybe not everyone. But it’s definitely something that a lot of people are turning to for the numerous benefits listed above (plus, more closet space!). Even people in the celebrity world are taking notice. We’re seeing a lot more celebs recycling outfits or pieces than ever before.
How To Get Started: This is the part that everyone seems intimidated by. When people think of being a minimalist, they often think of having only one pair of shoes, 2 shirts, and 1 pair of pants to wear for the rest of eternity. But trust me, it’s not that hard! It’s all about refining what you currently have and getting rid of the excess (and not buying more excess!). We all have a handful of items that we wear pretty often, and those are the items you should start with. Anything that you wear a lot should definitely stay in your closet, whatever it may be. Some experts advocate tossing everything that isn’t on the list below, but I feel like that’s a tad dramatic. You should always leave room for the things you love in life 🙂
When you’re getting started, go through your closet and pull out anything that you never or rarely wear. Keep only things that you use often and make you happy. But the idea is not to do a total closet clean-out here; rather, get an idea of things you don’t wear often and avoid buying additional items you won’t wear. As you do this more and more, you’ll start to get a better sense of things that are good investments based on your style (i.e.: a 100% wool sweater that will last 3 years vs. 3 cheap plaid shirts that you’ll throw away in 6 months). The list below is a guide to help get you started with some “standard” capsule wardrobe items, but don’t think it’s written in stone. Make it work for you – nobody’s style is exactly the same, and no one’s closet should be either!
Minimalist Wardrobe Essentials:
– White T
– Dress Pants
– Neutral Heels
– Boots (knee-high & ankle)
– Tote Bag
– 2-3 Dresses
– 1-2 Skirts
– White Blouse
– 2-3 other blouses
– Trench Coat
– Jacket of your choice
Recap: At the end of the day, minimalism shouldn’t be a scary concept. It’s all about saving money, wasting less, and becoming an expert in your own personal style! It’ll take a bit of time and effort, but I 100% recommend you try it out if you haven’t already! It’s a game changer, my friends.
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