Minimalist fashion… But aren’t those things opposites? How could you be fashionable without having unlimited outfit options? It’s all about the quality and functionality of the pieces that you have. Keeping fashion staples in your closet helps to be able to transform pieces into dozens of outfits. I am going to be posting photos on my Instagram account @love.always.elizabeth and Pinterest at “Love Always Elizabeth” just in case you would like some visual aids. Here are some staple pieces for a minimalist or capsule wardrobe:
- Denim Jacket – These are very versatile pieces. They can help to dress-up leggings or keep a dress looking casual. I’m even guilty of wearing denim-on-denim at times when pairing my jacket with jeans. Don’t even get me started about a denim jacket with a maxi skirt.
- High-Waisted Jeans – I am convinced that they look good on everyone. The best part of all is that they are easy to dress down for running errands or dress up for dinner with friends. You can tuck your shirt in to accentuate your waistline or leave your shirt untucked for a more relaxed feel.
- Maxi Skirt – Not only are maxi skirts super comfortable, but they are also extremely versatile. I have even worn a maxi skirt as a dress before. Because they are looser fitting articles, I tend to pair them with a tighter shirt or a cropped jacket.
- Solid colored dress – This is something that you could wear not only as a cute outfit with your jean jacket for an everyday look, but could be easily dressed up with heels. Having pieces that can be worn to several occasions is what makes a minimalist closet successful
- Long Sweater – This could be worn with or without leggings (depending on the length). You could also pair these with high-waisted jeans with the front/side tucked in or knotted. It’s all about the versatility!
- Accessories – Having a short, mid-length, and long necklace ensures that you always have something that can work with an outfit. Scarves are my downfall and although I recently downsized my collection, I still have several. If you are in the same boat as me, make sure you have a cute patterned scarf, a warm scarf, and a solid colored scarf.
I’m not asking you to look in your closet and donate everything that you haven’t worn in the past two weeks. That is a daunting task and I, myself, am still working on downsizing my wardrobe.
The first step is to stop buying new clothes. If you “have to” buy something, tell yourself that if you buy that new dress (or any other article of clothing), that you will have to get rid of one from your closet. Also think about how many times you can see yourself wearing this piece of clothing. If you think it would be cute, but that you might only wear it a couple times, maybe you should hold off on buying it.
While I have you thinking, what is the quality of the fabric? If it seems like fragile or poorly-made fabric, maybe you should pass on this purchase. I have learned that it is more important to have a few articles of clothing that will last a long time and be worn frequently (and sustain the test of time) than a bunch of clothes that you will wear once (or not at all) and/or will be damaged easily in day-to-day wearing.
Oh, and look at the care instructions. For me, if the clothing isn’t machine washable, I should not get it. Although I would love to say that I have all my clothing dry cleaned or hand wash them, that just isn’t realistic for me. And I know that my husband would unknowingly end up throwing those clothes in the washer anyway.
Once you stop buying new clothing, start by going through your closet. If you haven’t worn those clothes in the past month (account for change of seasons with some clothes- if you don’t remember yourself wearing that piece the last relevant season), put it in a garbage bag or large tote with a date either 2, 4 or 6 months from that day. If you do not have to go into that tote at all in the time before the date written on it, donate the clothes. Don’t go through them or “just check.” You will end up putting clothes back into your closet (trust me on this one). Just go directly to a local donation bin and drop them off.
You did it! You read through this blog post and now have the knowledge to start down-sizing your wardrobe. When your closet is filled with a few pieces that you love, getting dressed in the morning is so much easier and enjoyable!
De-stress your life by de-cluttering your closet.