Image Courtesy of: hsminimalist
There are so many amazing posts on this topic, such as Miss Minimalist’s The Minimalist Wardrobe, Minimalist Beauty’s Chic Minimalism for Your Wardrobe, Becoming Minimalist’s A Practical Guide to Owning Fewer Clothes. However they all tend to fall into the category of just owning less period, or about wrangling a modern woman’s enormous closet. I happen to both like fashion AND want a small closet so I thought I’d chime in with my two cents on how I built my minimalist wardrobe. I’m sure that there are other women out there who feel the same way.
First a little background: I’m a recent graduate, have moved six times in the past two years, and now share a Brooklyn apartment with the boyfriend, which has two three-foot-wide closets. My wardrobe simply cannot be large. The boyfriend also has more clothes than I do, but that’s neither here nor there. *
Also, I recently was laid off so while I still have the urge to shop (ugh, it’s hard) now is as good a time as any to plan out my wardrobe for the next few years and to share the process.
So why should you bother to plan and minimize your wardrobe?
1. Save cash and time
If you take the time to plan out your wardrobe you are less likely to buy too many or the wrong kind of clothes. No more purchasing regrets, or realizing that you bought another black tee when you already have five. This saves you both money and time.
2. Less stress and more organization
If you create a uniform, it means that you are less stressed about what you are going to wear. Also if you have less clothes, your closet will be easier to organize and you will be able to see everything at a glance. So no more searching for that other pair of pumps.
3. Less things means nicer things
One of the reasons that I love minimalism is because I have champagne tastes on a beer budget. My personal tactic has always been to buy less, but only the best. If I have fewer things, I can focus my money on things that I know I will enjoy. Because I have fewer things that I wear daily, I buy higher quality items that I would have otherwise been unable to afford.
4. More style and that je ne sais quoi
Have you heard of the 5 piece french wardrobe? There’s a reason why it’s legendary. Luxury and style are no longer a contest about who has the biggest wardrobe. It’s about who has curated and refined their style down to something that is uniquely their style and personal signature.
So where to start? I’m so glad you asked. Stay tuned…
* I refused to let him move some of his clothes into my closet. Perhaps I should send him this post?Tweet