How To Build a Minimalist Wardrobe
Why owning less and owning better is a compelling shift for modern professionals.
Recommendations To Simplify Your Closet
Minimalism is slightly polarizing. Some people resonate deeply with the idea of owning fewer things with more functional purpose.
Others would feel inauthentic if they shed the sentimentality associated with their belongings.
I'm not here to tell you one way is better than the other. Instead, I'll lay out 5 practical quick recommendations for evaluating your wardrobe, then I'll tell you a bit about my experience scaling down my closet.
When considering a minimalist closet, a few things to keep in mind are sustainability - after all the true cost of a cheap fast fashion item is higher than you might think.
- What do you love to wear? This is so simple that it's often overlooked, but think about it. Are there a handful of clothes in your closet that you wear way more than others?
- Will your go-to clothes last? Again, simple, but if you own a bunch of cheaply made clothes that always need replacement, maybe save yourself the trouble?
- Are your clothes versatile? How many things in your closet go with only a few outfits or are impractical for most days? Can you think of a few extra styles for your most versatile items?
- Are your clothes comfortable? Will the materials in your clothes keep you warm on cold days, cool on hot days, and how many wears can you get before it starts smelling?
- What are your core layers? Break it down. Base-layers go against your skin, mid-layers go over a base, and outer layers are what protects you from more extreme conditions. Your wardrobe only needs a few of each core layer.