Building A Minimalist Wardrobe
We’ve all had one of those mornings waking up in absolute panic, scrambling and rummaging through our closets not knowing what to wear for the day. The easiest way to combat that is by building a high-quality minimalist wardrobe. Taking the minimalist approach to dressing doesn’t mean owning neutral clothing with little to no personality. But by only owning the essentials and renting everything else, your wardrobe will be more streamlined and fashion-forward. On top of that, you can avoid the unnecessary pain of forking out a huge sum of money on a piece of clothing that will most likely go out of style in a few weeks.
Like other minimalist lifestyle concepts, it simply means doing more with less in a fashion context - and feeling better because of it. If you have ever felt lighter or happier after cleaning out the closet or junk drawer, you know that freeing up physical clutter simultaneously reduces mental clutter. Less clothing to think about means less physical clutter, but also frees up space in your mind for more important decision making. It is not about owning or doing as little as possible. It is about owning and doing the RIGHT things, things that add value to your life.
Below is a three-step process to help you simplify, simplify, simplify.
Before you make any decisions, it is a good idea to know what you have and what you need. One exercise within this particular step is to think about a consistent color palette. You don’t necessarily have to purchase everything in black and white, but sticking to a consistent color scheme will maximize the number of pieces that can work together.
A small wardrobe based on neutrals, solids, and subtle patterns can go much further than a large wardrobe made up of eclectic hues and dramatic prints.
Take everything out from your wardrobe and make two piles - keep and toss. Get rid (responsibly) or donate any items that don’t fit, flatter or make you feel good. Or items that you haven’t worn in the past couple of years. It is easier to declutter your closet if you know where you’ll be donating your clothing ahead of time. This way, once you are done purging the closet, you can quickly whisk the items off to a deserving recipient making the process much easier. Otherwise, another great alternative is to sell your preloved through existing online platforms such as Mudah or Carousell. As for items that are in the “keep” pile, reorganize your wardrobe with only those items.
One of the considerations we urge that you take in deciding whether or not to keep a clothing is, whether or not you have worn them in the past 6 months. If you have not, it is highly unlikely you will ever wear them again.
If you wear a daily uniform or capsule wardrobe then you should invest in pieces that are well-made, tailored, comfortable and stylish. You should also especially be mindful of the upkeep of your items if you want to extend their longevity. Select pieces with good fabrics and do your research to understand the care needs. Otherwise, you can always rent them!
If you want to jump on the minimalism train and streamline your overflowing wardrobe, whether it’s because you want a daily uniform or you just want to downsize, now would be the best time to start. When it comes to minimalist living, there is no one way to do it. Why? Because being a minimalist isn’t the goal, it is always only a means to an end. And that end is usually less stress and more happiness. Living simply is essentially just a technique that you use to improve your daily life, just like everything else you do to stay happy and sane.