You might think a smart person is the one who knows the answer, but actually, it’s the person who knows where to find answers. Seeing as you’re here to find out how to make a minimalist closet – and you’ve come to the right place – I guess that makes you the smart one.
I know this whole thing (the sustainable POV) involves a lot of phraseology and dedication, so we usually have tons of explaining to do. And that’s okay. What is a minimalist closet? Can I make one? Do I need it? Is it a trend, or is it more of a lifestyle? It sounds great, but you’re wondering how to have a minimalist closet that works. So many questions, indeed.
Think of this as more of a guide than just a minimalist closet list. You can use it as a reference whenever you need. Bookmark it in your browser, save it on your phone, print it out, it doesn’t matter. It’s true that we are all tired of checking different boxes that society wants us to, but the minimalist closet design takes time and some planning. However, the payoff is definitely worth it.
As a good friend and a devoted believer that less is actually more, yours truly has rounded up some useful tips on how to make a minimalist closet work for you. Since Carrie Bradshaw knows good sex and isn’t afraid to ask for help at the same time, why should you do it all on your own? That’s right, you shouldn’t.
HOW TO MAKE A MINIMALIST CLOSET THAT WORKS FOR YOU:
First of all, what is a minimalist closet?
First thing’s first, and write this down: Less is more. Not only when it comes to the amount of ‘Fast & Furious’ movies.
You get the point – you buy and, therefore, wear only pieces you really need or like. There’s no chaos. No, ‘Where did I get this from? It’s cool.’ and then continuing to hoard pieces you collect for years to come.
Before we move forward, it’s important to note down that a capsule wardrobe is not a minimalist one. While the first helps you elevate your style with essential seasonal basics, the minimalist closet ideas look at everything you own, reduce consumption, and show you how to look good without the need for occasional fashion sprees.
Let’s say it’s an even more sustainable perspective. You’ll find me saying it a lot in the following paragraphs, but IT’S WORTH IT. No, the caps-lock was not on. I meant what I typed.
Why is a minimalist wardrobe a good idea?
This isn’t just some random idea that was come up with on a whim. The concept of a minimalist closet is purposefully designed to help improve your way of thinking and the actions you take in regard to fashion. This is about more than just how you look in what you wear.
There are a lot of reasons why you should consider making this transition too. Less shopping means more money. You won’t need two hours to get ready in the morning, because you will already know what to wear. You’ll also experience more clarity and less mess – both physically and mentally. I don’t know about you, but isn’t this something we all want from life? If minimalist clothes are the starting point, then we’re already well on our way.
Where do you even start from?
To be honest, it’s not an easy process. It takes a lot of time, a lot of researching, and a lot of unanswered questions along the way.
The first step? Decluttering, that’s for sure. Some people do it once spring rolls around, but you need to turn up the volume of Dua Lipa’s latest single and go for that minimalist closet clean-out. Get rid of pieces you haven’t worn in years. Donate, recycle, do whatever you want, just don’t feed your inner hoarder. You can do it step by step, or all at once if you are a go-big-or-go-home kind of person. Gather the pieces you love and actually wear. Organize them carefully. Also, think of brands or certain pieces you are willing to invest in for the future.
It’s best to start with what you own and keep in mind that it’s not a matter of life and death. We are not in a Stephen King novel.
These are the clothes you need.
Remember Ariana Grande’s tagline from ‘7 rings’? I see it, I like it, I want it, I got it. This is exactly what you need to NOT do in midst of your minimalist closet organization.
Get yourself a few basic pieces that could be styled in a lot of different ways and for a lot of different occasions. I don’t want to sound too predictable but think of the white shirt (linen ones are so cute and comfortable), the blazer (click right here for more on that), the trench coat (I mean, there’s no need to explain here, look at the one from Everlane below), and the little black dress (your boyfriend will be happy to see it on your next date night).
No matter how many trends come and go, you will always hit the bullseye. That’s the only way to do it. The best way to do it. We’ve been through enough fashion cycles to know what works.
Yes, there is a right way to maintain a minimalist closet.
Once you manage to build the ultimate minimalist closet or at least get close to it, you are just getting started.
First of all, invest in minimalist closet staples. Pieces that will go hand in hand with the stuff you already own. You would need to stick to a specific number of purchases (but leave some room for error when those irresistible impulse purchases come along) for the first few months. Always be mindful about whether you need something or not. Most of the time, you don’t.
Putting all that aside, keep in mind that the process is like Taylor Swift and her album releases – sometimes you get two in two months, and sometimes you have to wait four or so years for a breakthrough. You thought I was kidding when I said it’s not easy? Well, I wasn’t. But once again, just do it. *Alexa, play ‘Worth it’ by Fifth Harmony.* Oh, I used to love that song.
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The right brands will take you the right way.
The process of getting rid of everything you don’t need begins with your attire. Where to look for what to wear? Well, that’s the million-dollar question.
If you are new to the concept of minimalist closet essentials, there are some brands in the industry you need to recognize and turn to in times of need – Everlane, & Other Stories, COS, just to name a few. As I’ve already spent many hours online, just take a look at my list of the only minimalist clothing brands you’ll ever need.
Hopefully, you’ll love them all. I do. And I tend to get tempted as well. Don’t judge me, I’m only human! They can make up a minimalist wardrobe women love with just a few staples.
All settled. Now what?
There may be setbacks, and you may find it very difficult at times. Most of us were raised to consume. More is better, newer is better, and all that jazz. But this isn’t an extra job to add to your already stacked list of things to do. You’re already wearing clothes (probably), and this is just about making better decisions in that regard.
Don’t rush to the extreme minimalist wardrobe. Give yourself a few weeks to get used to the idea. Try to understand that you don’t need a bazillion fashion pieces to look fashionable. The main reason being because you don’t.
Once you settle in, let’s talk about it on Instagram. Follow Joe Jonas’ example and slide into my DMs. I’m definitely not your Sophie Turner, but I’m always looking for inspiration. See you there!
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