Building a Minimal wardrobe – where to start

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A minimal wardrobe looks different to different people. There is no set number of items you should own. Everyone has different needs. That being said there is no end goal with a minimal wardrobe. I believe it’s a continuous exercise to declutter and define.

Seasons change and our tastes change. Recently I’ve found myself gravitating to more black, green, white and greys. I feel good in these colours and they suit me best. I’m also loving a little twist to items especially blouses. I recently purchased a new blouse that has a scalloped peter pan collar and I’ve worn it every week for the past month.

Pick your colour scheme

Analyse your current wardrobe. What colours are most dominant? I found organising my clothes by colour to see clearly what I gravitate towards. What colours are missing? These are the colours to avoid when making new purchases.

My wardrobe colours

Black

Navy / Blues

White

Grey

Green

Colours I avoid & not in my wardrobe

Orange

Brown

Mustard

Red

Maroon

Yellow

Know your staples

For work I usually wear dresses. I just find them the most comfortable item of clothing. At weekends I can usually be found in black skinny jeans or a skirt & blouse. If you know what you gravitate towards for specific areas of your life that’s a great start. Identify what you wear the most – these are the items you want to make sure are of good quality and fit.

img_7553My staples

x 5 work dresses

x 1 pair of black skinny jeans

x 3 blouses/shirts

x 2 skirts

x 1 pair of black suede ankle boots

x 1 pair of patent Russell & Bromley loafers

Once you know your staples you want to build your wardrobe around these. It’s no use buying a top or shirt when you have nothing to pair it with.

Take your time

Building a minimal wardrobe takes time and shouldn’t be rushed. Last weekend when I was getting ready for bed I had another spur of the moment and managed to identify and bag up 6 more items I felt needed to go. I find I hold on to items because they were expensive or were too recent a purchase.

This year I have vowed to really think about each and every item that I’m adding. I don’t want to waste any more money on clothing items I wear once or twice.

My rules for new purchases

  • It cannot be a duplicate of something I already own
  • It cannot be fast fashion – it must be of good quality & likely to last many washes
  • It must come under my current colour scheme noted above
  • It has to fit with what I already own i.e. I do not need to buy anything else to go with it

Are you currently attempting a minimal wardrobe? Do you have any tips for me?

 

10 thoughts on “Building a Minimal wardrobe – where to start

  1. onyxnatasha says:

    Mixing and matching is one of my favourite minimalist ways to have a smaller wardrobe. I have a black skirt that I team up with different tops, and another black skirt that can also be worn as a dress.

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    • reynoldsmade says:

      I used to find mixing & matching such a difficult task but I think I’m getting the hang of it now. Anything new I have bought has had to go with at least 3 other items and stay within a colour scheme. Getting there slowly but surely.

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  2. gardner1015 says:

    As a new retiree, starting a new chapter in life, I have minimized my wardrobe significantly. As a writer in my home office, I can get by with a lot less than when I was working in Corporate America. Really nice to have so little to care for and none of it requires a dry cleaner. Good article!

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    • reynoldsmade says:

      Thank you. I think that’s what I love about owning less these days. There is less material items to care for so there’s more time to care for what’s important to you. I suppose if you work from home like you do you can get away with washing clothes less often compared to someone in the city all day? I’ve got out of the habit of washing items after one wear now, less utilities used, less washing aids & less ironing (my personal favourite benefit!).

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  3. jessicaconstable says:

    I have bee getting rid of clothes that ‘no longer bring me joy’ (thanks Marie Kondo!) and am now just thinking/learning about proactively creating a minimal wardrobe. My issue is not wanting to get rid of quality items I already own. I guess in time unworn items will be removed but for now it would be good for me to get a grip on future purchases. I read about the idea of writing a detailed wishlist of items that would complete your wardrobe and not allowing yourself to buy anything not on that list. Might be worth a try!

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