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An Approachable Guide To Creating A Minimalist Wardrobe

The Learning Curve Of Minimalism

It can be frustrating and exhausting to spend more time, energy and money to get something that we could easily get in a regular fast fashion store.

Rewiring the way you think about shopping can and will be challenging. But the reward is knowing who made your clothes, feeling confident and true to yourself in well-made garments, and not having a closet with clothing you can’t use and that supports unintended consequences.

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An Approachable Guide To Creating A Minimalist Wardrobe

An Approachable Guide To Creating A Minimalist Wardrobe

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Clean Out Your Closet

  • Sort and organize your apparel, separating items into three distinct piles: Donations, Disposal, and Clothes to Keep.
  • Keep only the garments you love dearly and plan to wear often.
  • From the usable items, sell the items you can and give or donate the rest.
  • For clothing that is damaged beyond wear, get creative and turn them into rags for cleaning.
  • Don’t clear out all your clothes at once. Slowly swapping out some garments in exchange for quality pieces will be less overwhelming and more affordable.

Discover Your Style 

It’s essential to feel confident and comfortable in the clothing you wear. Ditch the seasonal trends and style labels, discover your style and create unique looks you love.

An authentic and timeless wardrobe should reflect your personality and make you feel most like yourself. Ask yourself what your clothing conveys and what fabrics, colors, patterns and fits are you most comfortable wearing.

Save For Staple Items

Quality apparel has a higher price than fast fashion clothing because they use sustainable, lasting fabrics and pay workers fair benefits and wages. Despite the initial cost, over time, you might save money and time as you won’t have to replace clothes too often.

To lessen the financial impact you can shop secondhand (thrift stores also have quality clothing), start small, shop deals and save for the expensive items, such as a winter coat or high-end denim, months in advance.

Care For Your Garments

Fast fashion clothes aren’t made to last long, so we are less likely to properly care for them. With a minimalist wardrobe though, you’ll want to ensure you are properly washing and storing your apparel. This will protect and extended the useful life of your garments.

A few tips for care: hand wash delicates, invest in a steamer and wooden hangers and know what garments you need to take to a dry cleaner.

Rely On Your Community

Sometimes we need an outfit that is not part of our everyday wardrobe - clothing swaps can help there. Not only it saves money, but it cultivates community and encourages sustainable living.

Alternatively, rental stores and sites offer an affordable and sustainable option by allowing you to rent clothes. 

The Learning Curve Of Minimalism

It can be frustrating and exhausting to spend more time, energy and money to get something that we could easily get in a regular fast fashion store.

Rewiring the way you think about shopping can and will be challenging. But the reward is knowing who made your clothes, feeling confident and true to yourself in well-made garments, and not having a closet with clothing you can’t use and that supports unintended consequences.

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Minimalism

It's the idea that by owning less, we free up the time, energy, and money to get the most out of life. The more intentional we are about what we keep, the freer we are to seek fulfillment.

Reasons For A Minimalist Closet

  • Tidier closet: you won’t have to dig through items you don’t wear
  • Increased confidence: if all your clothes are your best, you feel good no matter what you put on
  • More time and money: being satisfied with your wardrobe means shopping less so you can use your time and cash on more important things
  • Positive environmental impact: by investing in long-wear clothing, instead of fast fashion, you help prevent waste.

Minimalist Vs Capsule Wardrobe

Capsule wardrobes are a subsection of minimalist wardrobes that limit how many items of clothing you buy each season. Most capsule wardrobes have 30 items or less.

Minimalist wardrobes are more flexible. There is no set number of items as long as you wear all of them – and they bring you joy. 

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Going for quality

Cheaper clothes usually mean cheaper material and bad resistance. But quality doesn’t have to be expensive. You can find secondhand quality clothing items in special stores or online.
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Knowing your fit

Spend time researching how different items are supposed to fit.
Because one of the reasons we jump into buying new stuff is that nothing from out closets seem to fit right.

Buy for reality

Don't buy clothes for a fantasy you. Because you may end up with a huge wardrobe with nothing to wear.
Take into account how you spend your daily life, how many similar items you already have and the time of the year (warm, cold) when making new purchases.

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Be A Smart Spender

  • Use tools like financial books, podcasts, and online savings groups.
  • Avoid indulging in unnecessary expenses daily, reducing them or finding healthier and more affordable alternatives.
  • Cultivate a healthier attitude and the right mindset towards your finances.
  • Know that small, practical, money-saving actions can compound into better living for you in the long run.

Use Smart Hacks

There are plenty of financial and budgeting tools and apps that can help us manage our funds, keep track of our expenses, and trigger us when we are off-track.

Simple hacks like carrying a debit card or cash instead of a credit card, or deleting our card details from shopping sites can help us avoid spending impulsively.

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