How To: Create a minimalist wardrobe

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Every spring, we go through a period of time where we donate and trash old clothes that don’t fit or we don’t wear anymore. What if I told you that you don’t have to do this annually and you can still have enough to wear? If you want your closet to feel a little bliss, try creating a minimalist wardrobe. Here are my top suggestions on where to begin:

Pick your palette:

Do you prefer warmer colors, or cool colors? Creating a palette that fits your personality and preference will help weed out colors you don’t need. Make sure your palette complements neutral colors. Cool colors (blues, greens and purples) are great with black, navy, grey, etc. The point is to remove anything that doesn’t work with your wardrobe and keep everything that’s versatile.

The purge:

Purging your clothes out of your wardrobe, especially if you’re a clothes hoarder, can be very difficult. Take small steps at a time. First go through everything that truly doesn’t fit your properly. Then go through everything you haven’t worn within the last year. Soon you’ll have the pieces you love and need most and get rid of anything unnecessary.

Be comfortable with wearing the same items frequently:

Sometimes, we develop “I have nothing to wear” syndrome because we have an overload of clothes that doesn’t suite our style, preference, etc. If you want to successfully create a minimalist wardrobe, you need to be confident in your closet and wearing those pieces regularly. You don’t need an outfit for everyday of the year. Your life will be more simple.

Take inventory regularly:

If you find that you’re shopping more and itching to buy new clothes, take inventory of your closet. Any time you purchase a new item, find something you can get rid of. This will save time, space and you’ll be able to continue your minimalist wardrobe. This goes for accessories like scarves, shoes, bags, etc. If you want to commit, it takes will power.

What tips do you have for creating a minimalist wardrobe? Do you currently have a lot of clothes and are looking to weed things out? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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  • These tips are great and will really come in handy for me as I’m currently in the process of sorting through my wardrobe!

    • That’s so great to hear! Glad you could use a little inspiration from this post. Thanks so much for your comment!

  • I don’t have a lot of clothes and shoes. I think I don’t have enough items to cover a lot of the events I go to. I do need to get some more basic items and dress them up differently with jackets, scarves, and jewelry.

    • That’s perfect! Making sure you don’t overload your closet will help with stress and getting ready each morning. Thank you for your comment!

  • Love these! I always say that I wish life had a uniform. I like looking cute but I hate picking clothes so if I find something that looks good, I tend to buy it in a couple patterns/colors. So in the end my wardrobe is like 2 each of 4 shirts and 2 each of 2 kinds of pants.

    • Yes. I know people who are the same way (aka my mom) and there’s nothing wrong with buying what you like, but making sure you don’t overdo it is also important. A uniform for life would be amazing–it would save TONS of women time in the morning. Thank you for your comment!

  • I currently live in a capsule wardrobe and change it out every three months! I have been doing it since January and it has been a total blast

    • I’m so jealous! A capsule wardrobe is definitely a goal of mine. I’m almost sure I have lived in a capsule wardrobe (without planning it) a few times. Thanks so much for your comment!

  • Great post. I’ve always wanted to try this but I know that it will definitely be a struggle for me because I don’t like re-wearing things often! However I should get used to it because I need to stop buying clothes all of the time.

    • Girl, we are the same person. I really struggle with getting rid of clothes because I love the versatility in my outfits. And I love shopping (who doesn’t)? But, maybe trying donating 5 items a month. By the end of the year that’s around 60 pieces, which is a huge difference. Take baby steps. If you get rid of more, props to you, but aim for a minimum of 5. It’ll become easier over time. Thank you so much for your comments!

  • Love the inventory tip! It always help to reminds ourselves what we already have to create to outfits and save some cash! Great tips!

    Xoxox Gema from belovedgems.org

    • Yes! I always feel like we forget that we DO have clothes to wear. Sometimes we need a reminder. Thanks so much for your comment!