A minimalist wardrobe is something I wouldn’t want to change around again. I started minimizing my belongings a couple of years ago and got hooked. Decluttering my wardrobe was the hardest part, but worth it!
So what is a minimalist wardrobe?
What I call a minimalist wardrobe can also be called a capsule wardrobe or a French wardrobe.
French ladies must have invented style by the way, a great book in this respect is:
The basics of a minimalist wardrobe
But back to the question … a capsule wardrobe according to Wikipedia, is: a collection of a few essential items of clothing that don’t go out of fashion, such as skirts, trousers, and coats, which can then be augmented with seasonal pieces.
And there you have it, a timeless and small selection of basics. Of course these are all pieces that fit your body as a glove, are nice to wear, and of high quality so they will last a while.
Add some (seasonal) extras for variation
To the selection of basics you can for example add an extra warm coat, a small selection of scarfs, one or two items in a contrasting colour or a nice waist belt.
Depending on where you live, where you work and what you like, add just a few accessories and seasonal clothing that you need so you can go out every day of the year, looking smashing every moment of it 🙂
Combination is key for a minimalist wardrobe
I’ll write more on this in a seperate post, but for now it’s already good to know that ideally all if the items in your minimalist wardrobe can be combined with all other items.
Why is this so important? For two reasons: the first is that this allows you to create a gazillion of outfits. The second reason is in the list below 🙂
So here’s why having a minimalist wardrobe is bliss
Now let’s put some reasoning behind why a minimalist wardrobe is worth it and why you should clean out your closet.
1. A minimalist wardrobe is convenient
Life is so much easier when you have a minimalist wardrobe! The fact that almost all items combine well with all other items gives you the option to even grab a few items in the dark, put them on, and look amazing.
With a minimalist wardrobe the times of having a closet packed with clothes yet nothing to wear are over. This saves you a lot of time and stress in the morning.
2. A French wardrobe increases your confidence
Say what? Yes it does! Allow me to explain … when you manage to minimize your clothes, you will end up with just a small selection of items that tryly refelct your style.
Now this may not sound as a big deal, but I’ve noticed it is. The way I see it is that it works like this: I see at just one glance what my favourite colours and patterns are.
I also realise that this fits me, this is me. I don’t need any pink colours or wild floral patterns in my wardrobe and don’t feel the need to buy such an item just because it’s in style in some season.
I’ve identified my style by minimizing the items in my closet. I went back to basics you could say, feel happy with every piece of clothing I own, wear these pieces regularly, and feel completely myself. And because of this I am happy and feel strong.
3. With a minimalist wardrobe you save money
Mindless shopping for shoes, cute blouses, or … (fill in the blank) is a thing of the past once you’re hooked to a minimalist wardrobe. The more aware you are of what clothing works for you, the more thoughtful you will be about adding an item to your wardrobe.
Also, once you’ve minimized your items of clothing to 35 or 40 items, you will want to stick with this as you know that having more items does not equal greater happiness.
Going on a shopping spree is just not enjoyable anymore, not in your system anymore. Ans not going on a shopping spree saves you lots of money!
In addition you will care for the few items you own much more than if you would have 100 or even more pieces of clothing. Caring means taking care of it as in handling it gently or repairing a loose seam. And the more care, the less wear. Your favourite items last longer and you get to save your money.
4. A capsule wardrobe increases feelings of gratefulness
Having a capsule wardrobe makes you aware of the fact that you don’t need a lot to be happy. Actually it makes you realise that you are a happier person with less.
In an age where acquiring more appears to be the greatest good, the realisation that this isn’t the holy grail is really freeing.
You appreciate what you have instead of constantly seeking happiness in buying new things – which is of course a never ending story.
For more information on a French wardrobe and how awesome this looks, check out the 5-piece French wardrobe by French Girl Daily!
And when you decided to minimize your wardrobe, learn all about embracing the minimalists approach on clothing, one item at a time.