Lately, I’ve been obsessed with the idea of minimalism. For those who may not know, minimalism is a lifestyle change in which you simply live…simpler! You have less items of clothing, accessories, shoes, and even home decor/other items. Some even refine their style and wardrobe to only include a certain color palette, theme, etc.
For now I have a three main goals in my journey to become my own kind of minimalist:
- Downsize wardrobe for less clothes.
- Incorporate + keep key pieces/closet staples in my closet that are timeless and can be mixed and matched with multiple items in my wardrobe.
- Stick to a color scheme that I love and is flattering on me.
Having an extensive wardrobe can be a blessing and a curse. It’s always fun to play around with different looks and to have a huge variety of clothing for various occasions. I’ve noticed that my style over the years has gone from all things floral, bright, and interesting patterns to a more tone downed, earthy look with neutral colors and statement jewelry.
Currently, I want less in my wardrobe–but I want more valuable pieces, which I will get to in the next section. The key to downsizing your wardrobe is to get rid of all the items you no longer want. Sounds easy, right? Well, it can actually get pretty complex. My advice: take all of your clothes out of the closet and/or dresser drawers and separate them into three piles: Keep, Sell, Donate.
- Keep: Items that you absolutely love and look great on you! These are also items that you wear often and appreciate the most.
- Sell: Items that you don’t wear often, but are still in great shape and quality. These are clothing items that are trendy and still in style and can also be valuable enough to sell. Who doesn’t like extra money in their pocket?
- Donate: Items that you don’t wear anymore, are out of date/out of style, and just don’t have much life left in them. Gather them up, put them in some heavy duty trash bags or boxes and donate them to a charity you love or your nearest thrift shop (Goodwill, Red Racks).
Once you’ve separated your clothes into these piles, it’s time to take action! For the items that you keep, place them back into your closet and drawers in an organized way.
Clothing items that you would like to sell can be taken to consignment shops that buy clothes, such as Plato’s Closet. Honestly, I hardly have any luck with stores like Plato’s so I would suggest downloading an app on your phone to sell your clothes through. For example, I love Poshmark; it’s a simple and easy way to sell clothes and functions in a way similar to Instagram. Upload pictures of you wearing the clothes you want to sell, or style the shot, share it with the community, get likes, and sell! I’ve sold many items through this platform and have been able to get the value of the clothes back into my pockets. The best part? You can use the money you gain on Poshmark to buy items that you’ll actually love and wear!
Lastly, for the items that you want to donate, pack them up and drop them off at a donation center. I promise that once you’ve done these things you will feel a lot better about your wardrobe and more free because you have more space to potentially add items that will serve as staples to your closet.
Staple items are like old friends: they’re loyal to your wardrobe, always there when you want to change up an outfit, and should never be tossed to the side. Some examples of staple items are jeans, white button-up shirts, black and white t-shirts, and black leather jacket. These are items that are timeless and never go out of style.
My goal is to develop the staple items in my wardrobe and also add a few new key pieces so that I never feel as though I have nothing to wear. Here’s a few items that I’m still on the search for:
- Black skinny jeans
- Simple, gold jewelry
- Basic tees (white, black, gray)
- Blush tone blouses
- Black sneakers
- Nude heels
As I mentioned before, I used to be all about the bright patterns and floral prints. In the past few years, I have refined my taste and found more of what I love and what I look best in. Neutral tones are so pretty to be and aren’t loud, which is something I strive for in my looks. Gray, white, black, olive, tan/camel, and blush pink are tones that I adore, look great with my brown skin tone, and I never get tired of them.
Though I do love these colors, I tend to step out of that box in certain ways and opt for pieces based off of the style and not the color a lot of the time. I encourage everyone to find the colors that they love the best on them and incorporate them into their wardrobe.
Hopefully once I achieve in having a consistent color scheme in my closet, I will find that my wardrobe speaks to my style and makes me less anxious in finding something that I love to wear.