How To Curate A Minimalist Wardrobe
It’s been a long journey of mine to reach a pure state of minimalism with my wardrobe. Our clothing has been something that defines who we are and, as I age I want nothing more than a simplified lifestyle. Curating a minimalist vibe with my pieces has been the one true thing that makes me really happy.
Curating A Minimalist Wardrobe Capsule
I’m not going to lie it actually took me 3 full years of decluttering my clothing pieces, (including accessories, shoes, purses, handbags and such) to get to a minimalist wardrobe capsule. Now that I’ve arrived at this stage in my life, it feels so beautiful. I hope that you will join me on this journey.
Let’s curate a minimalist closet for you today.
Each week I want you to work towards decluttering everything you own. It can be little pieces everyday that you wish to donate or toss.
What helps me initially is to stand there and observe what I own. I spent a good week doing this because it was hard for me to let go of clothes I thought I needed to wear one day down the road, or I had just not gotten enough use out of them.
How To Create A Minimalist Wardrobe Capsule
- Declutter clothing from closets and drawers each week until you have simplified your desired closet look
- Once you become more familiar with donating clothes you no longer want or need, put like clothes with likes (I place all of my yoga pants and shorts folded in a basket, keep my bras in one drawer and panties in another, fold jeans and place in basket, hang nice clothing)
- Invest in a garment rack. These are the best hacks for going more minimal in your closet. Display the clothes you really enjoy wearing on the rack similar to this one
This doesn’t mean that you use this rack for even more clothing. It isn’t meant to be used for storage. It’s simply there to help you sort out what you want your capsule to look like. It defines who you become through the process. So for me, I removed all the clothing out of our main closet and made that my tiny office. There is nothing hanging in there. I do keep my baskets holding my jeans and yoga pants on the shelf in there but that’s it.
Tips To Help You Minimize Your Closet
- Use the numbers game– when I had a lot more clothing than I do now, I simply said: narrow down to 10 within 6 months, then 6-8, then 5. So my jeans are 4 pairs right now. I cut out my lingerie completely and have only like 3-5 pairs of good panties, bras, and 2 nightgowns. My yoga pants are 3 and shorts 2
- Do a walk through daily– sometimes all it takes to go more minimal is to do a walkthrough often. Not to remove anything but just to look, imagine what you want your wardrobe to look like and then think about how you’re going to eliminate
- Just do it– this feels so good to me when I just do the act instead of thinking. I had already made up my mind that I wanted a minimalist wardrobe, so for me it was like, JUST DO IT. So I packed up the nice pieces, donated. Tossed what could have seen better days and then re-did my style. I went shopping for pieces that actually meant something to me and that I could enjoy not only wearing but looking at too
Buying New Clothing Pieces
Another thing that really inspired my capsule was going to boutiques to see what was on display. I thought if I did this enough I would really learn to know who I wanted to be and how I wanted to dress. We have so many chances to re-invent ourselves but often do we find the time to really slow down and just be in the moment of simplicity. Simple clothing, breezy hair accessories, neutral tones that allow us to be.
At the moment I was attracted to neutral, calm attire, so I went with a minimalist style that didn’t have patterns, or cause a lot of distraction. Plain and simple, nudes.
I learned that black was a neutral color.
Minimalist Wardrobe Ideas
I think you can still obtain a minimalist wardrobe with colors. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to take away your personality at all. If you choose to keep some color in your wardrobe, you are still minimizing and curating a clean, clutter free style of living.
Remove anything that doesn’t give you a feel good vibe.
Donate anything you haven’t worn in 6 months, including shoes, handbags, hats and jewelry.
Share items with your girlfriends, their growing kids, your neighbors who may need something.
Go through and get rid of at least 10 clothing pieces monthly if you have a ton.
Don’t overwhelm. The Uncluttered Project is designed for you to go at your own pace developing a love for living with less, not daunting household chores.
Learn to love to let go. A piece of you isn’t just letting go of something someone gifted you with or a shirt you really enjoyed wearing all of the time, it’s allowing yourself to make free choices without the guilt. No ifs, ands, or buts. When you allow it to go, you set yourself up for new abundant glories.
Until next time, less clutter please.
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