Minimalism has become more than a trend in the past few years. Living minimally is more of a lifestyle now. If you’re pondering the idea of throwing away all your unnecessary clothes, here are some tips on how to maintain a great wardrobe and still be a minimalist:
1. Shop carefully
Before you decide to spend your hard-earned money on another pair of jeans, ask yourself: “Do I really need that?” Chances are that you don’t, or at least, you don’t need them now. If you’re an avid thrift-shopper, that can be tricky since everything is so cheap and it’s easy to get carried away while shopping. That’s why it’s necessary to be careful with everything you buy. If you aren’t certain whether you’re going to wear something, then don’t buy it. That way you can avoid all the unnecessary clutter in your wardrobe.
2. Know your style
Many people don’t really know what their style is. Instead, they buy anything affordable that seems like something they’d wear. Even if your style is eclectic, you can’t wear everything at once. Try to evaluate all the clothes you own. You’ll see that there are certain patterns that have to be combined well. Some prefer boho chic, while others are more into clean-cut and simple designs. You, also, fall into one of the categories, so before you go shopping, try to understand what you like so you’ll be able to buy only clothes that you’ll actually wear. Evaluating your wardrobe is also a great way to declutter, so next time you have a free afternoon, feel free to dig into your closet!
3. Learn to plan ahead
When you don’t have a wide variety of clothes in your wardrobe, finding what to wear can be a little hard. But, with some planning, you’ll never have to worry about what to wear! It’s important to learn how to match different items, and if that’s not your strong suit, then it’s safer to stick to classic, clear cuts. Choose neutral colours because they’re easy to match and maintain. When your wardrobe is limited, sometimes you need to be more prepared if you want to avoid stress. If the thought of having fewer clothes fills you with dread, these tips will help you learn about different styles and outfits.
4. Pay attention to quality
When you live minimally, you can’t afford to buy everything you like, no matter how cheap it is. Simply, a minimalist wardrobe requires clothes of higher quality. Even seemingly unimportant stuff, such as a pair of women’s socks, is supposed to be bought less frequently when your wardrobe is minimalist. If you decide to buy less, you need to be more attentive to the details. It’s recommended you look for natural materials and fabrics that are made to last for longer periods. If you’ve never shopped for higher-quality clothes, ask someone for help. You probably have a friend who always buys expensive and premium-quality clothes, so ask for a few pointers. Next time you find yourself shopping, you’ll know what to look for and what to avoid.
5. Declutter your closet
Even if you don’t plan to go minimalist, it’s necessary to clear out your closet once in a while. Living with fewer clothes means you shouldn’t have random stuff lying around in case you want to wear it sometime. Everything you own should be used and maintained to last longer. Before you declutter, make a list of things you’d definitely like to keep. Don’t throw away everything at once. Donating is also a great idea — aside from organising your stuff, you’ll help someone in need. Decluttering can also be fun if you invite your friends, bring some wine and play your fave music!
7. Be confident
When your lifestyle involves rocking only a few selected pieces, you need to learn how to maintain a confident attitude. With a minimalist wardrobe, you’re bound to repeat outfits, so if someone ever gives you a look, you need to learn to brush it off. Getting your pants in a twist over petty comments won’t help you live a healthy life. If someone points out that you’re wearing something for the 3rd time this week, calmly explain that your style involves buying less because you care about the environment. Unfortunately, the majority of people around us are so blinded by consumerism that they can’t grasp the idea of spending less on clothes. Instead of being annoyed, try educating others without being condescending.
In the end, it’s necessary to point out that going minimalist doesn’t have to be a permanent decision. You can always come back to your regular lifestyle if you see that having less doesn’t work you. What really matters is trying out new lifestyle options, especially if they benefit the environment and your own well-being.
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