It’s amazing how much you can accumulate in a year, in five years or even half of half of a lifetime. After spending a year in China, I came back with close to 100kg (220 pounds) of luggage. I know crazy right, I had to shed gorilla tears and pay a fortune to get the luggage home but eventually I did. I soon realized I seriously had to reevaluate my shopping habits which had a direct impact on my lifestyle.
In doing so, I had to lighten the weight of the baggage which included priorities, relationships, material things and all the whatever’s which had a significant affect on my finances, long term goals and ultimate eudaimonia. Theoretically speaking though, what better way to do so than to clean out the wardrobe and live minimal. Key word minimal, not stingy AF when you need something and CAN afford it but choose to live like a bergie (South African slang for homeless person).
I have compiled 5 easy tips for creating a minimalist wardrobe which will also allow you to save more to reach your financial goals, increase your travel budget, live stylishly yet simple and avoid unwanted clutter in the long-run.
5 Tips for A Minimalist Wardrobe:
- Can you style the new clothing item with three other items in your wardrobe?
- Will you be able to wear it next season?
- Do you have something similar already?
- Is it a good quality that will last a few washes?
- Do you really need it or is it an impulsive purchase?
If you can truthfully answer “Yes” to three of these five questions then I say go ahead and buy it. If not, then sleep on it then decide or better yet consider it something not meant to be and move on.
“Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life, and the labors of life reduce themselves.” —Edwin Way Teale
- Take out all the clothing pieces you haven’t worn in two years or even a year. Let’s be honest, there’s a 99% chance that 1; the item doesn’t fit you anymore 2; you not going to wear it again even if you think that you might someday and 3; you probably forgot about it at the back of your wardrobe so you didn’t even miss it.
- Keep only the items that you truly love. You can ask yourself the famous Marie Kondo question “Does it spark joy?” as you go through the pile. Try not to overthink it and put sentiments aside. It is time to move on and letting go is part of the process.
- If you buy a new clothing item, shoes or accessories, take out an old item then sell or donate it. As the saying goes, in with new, out with old. This way you can keep your wardrobe clean and minimal instead of having 20 denims knowing that you only wear 5 of them.
“Less is more.” Mies Van Der Rohe.
- Avoid giving in to sales and promotions. Believe me you not saving jack. Rather save your money to buy one quality item than 5 cheap flimsy items.
- Avoid purchasing something simply because it’s the latest fashion trend.
- Garish prints, patterns and colours. You will most probably wear that item once and never again since it is difficult to style with other items or considered a one-hit wonder.
- Avoid buying something when you are stressed, annoyed, under-pressure or on impulse. You will most probably experience cognitive dissonance when you realize that you don’t really like or need the item and completely regret your decision.
“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.” —Will Rogers
- Learn how to mix and match with the clothing pieces you have in your wardrobe.
- Find your true style and clothing pieces that you actually love and complement your body shape and size.
- It’s ok to not have the latest fashion trends all the time. As quickly as the trends come in so do they go out.
- It’s ok to repeat an outfit. Transitioning from a fashion blogger to a lifestyle blog, this was the biggest part that I had to overcome because I just couldn’t be seen dead in the same outfit. However, now that my vision and goals have changed I realized that it’s ok and trying impress other people is just making me, well POOR.
- Less clothes means you save time and money when deciding on what to wear. Your style eventually becomes more polished, put-together and chic as you know what you love and what suits you.
- Remember quality over quantity. Invest in quality pieces like a genuine leather jacket as opposed to 5 jackets that don’t last or match various outfits.
- Master the concept of minimalism. And I am not only referring to having a minimal wardrobe but also living a minimal lifestyle. Without even realizing, we buy, collect and hoard so many things that we don’t even need and before you know it your wardrobe and apartment/house is cluttered. This clutter not only takes up space physically but it also starts to cloud your mind and judgment. A clean wardrobe results in a clear mind which leaves space and time for creativity, better organization skills, simplicity and freedom to invest in yourself, your life and things that matter the most.
I hope this post has inspired you to minimize your wardrobe as you start to fill and enrich other areas of your life.
Till Next Time