When I share my budget I’m always asked why there isn’t a line item for clothing. I’ve already explained how I’m able to get kids clothes for really cheap, but what about clothes for myself?
The truth is I just don’t have that many. And it’s a very freeing thing.
My closet is only filled with items that I like and actually wear and getting dressed in the morning is easy since my options are limited.
Here are five tips for creating your own minimalist wardrobe.
Get Rid of Everything You Don’t Wear
First things first, start tossing out all of the clothing items that you don’t actually wear. If a piece is too big, too small, or from your high school days toss it. (Or donate it. Whatever feels right to you.)
There’s no point in letting a bunch of items you don’t love take up your precious space.
Invest in the Right Pieces
There are staples in your wardrobe that you wear over and over. For me this is a good pair of jeans, boots, simple tops, and one pair of dress pants.
Based on your life determine what few staples you need. After you’ve got that down go through your current inventory to see if you have items you love to match up with it.
If not, you do need those few key pieces that make you feel good and look good.
Invest in staples that can be worn over and over again.
Create Mix and Match Outfits
While you’re pruning down your closet start looking for items that can easily be mixed and matched to create different looks. You don’t need a ton of clothes to pull this off.
Good fitting pants, neutral tops, and bright jackets and accessories will do.
Go For Quality Over Quantity
When you’re doing your future shopping go for quality over quantity. It’s much better to spend more money on something that will be worn over and over again than it is to spend the same amount on a bunch of different items that will be worn once.
This especially holds true for things like pants, jackets, and shoes.
(I personally find a lot of my “quality” items at ThredUp.com which is an online consignment shop. I’ve had nothing but great experiences shopping with them and have been able to get very high quality clothes for very little.)
Love What You Keep
When your closet is only filled with the items that you actually wear it’s so much easier to get dressed in the morning. If you don’t love an item don’t keep it. Be ruthless with your clothes.
I think you’ll find having a minimalist wardrobe isn’t restrictive in the least bit.