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
Navy / Blues
Colours I avoid & not in my wardrobe
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.
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?