In March last year, I organised a minimalist wardrobe. A capsule collection of everyday pieces, assorted with evening wear garments. My colour palette became neutral, opting for all-black ensembles and white shirts over denim jeans. Organising a capsule wardrobe, is my third most viewed post. As I have discovered however, simplicity is not always glamorous.
Minimalism is about intentionality. Promoting what is of value in our lives by removing pieces that don’t provide purpose. It’s not the cliché Instagram clothing rail photos, which feature 5 cream jackets and 2 pairs of cream jeans. In addition to being environmentally friendly and possibly saving money, a minimalist wardrobe stops you from buying unnecessarily. On the surface, it seems a no brainer. Especially when fast-fashion is dangerous for our planet.
To organise mine, I created a mood board, wrote down a list of what I needed, and put together possible outfit choices. Within the first few months, my mornings got easier. I was always wearing what I felt good in. I was a 25-year-old who had her life together. Until I outgrew my look.
Our style changes
Writer Tyler Watamanuk wrote a piece on GQ, detailing how his minimalist wardrobe affected his anxiety. At first, his monochromatic clothing felt freeing. But when diagnosed with generalised anxiety disorder, he realised his new wardrobe helped him feel invisible. It was like his inside feelings were reflecting what he wore. After receiving medication and therapy, his minimalist, simple coloured wardrobe, started to hold him back.
In the past year that I’ve grown, I’ve naturally transitioned with style. I’ve began wearing splashes of colour, skirts and trousers; sophisticated cuts. I want to dress feminine and girly, which is difficult when my clothing predominantly screams edgy and daring. Scroll down my Instagram page, and I’m wearing numerous styles. My minimalist wardrobe failed because it stopped being valuable to me. I ended up impulse buying – trying to update, without sticking to my mood boards and my original outfit plans.
I’m left back at square one. Wanting to wear only a handful of my clothes, because the rest don’t represent me. Money saved from my capsule collection, spent trying to fix myself from my clothing confusion. It’s too easy to shop online in the sales and purchase when you need a pick-me-up. Though I don’t regret what I threw away, I do wish I re-planned before I went shopping again.
How to prep a minimalist wardrobe
A mood board to me is a must. Whenever heading out on a shopping spree – or ordering online, it’s beneficial to check a mood board first, to see if it still embodies your style. If it does, you can analyse your board and see what you don’t yet have. I believe in a minimalist wardrobe and stand by my first blog post on organisation. I now understand nonetheless, unless you are 100% aware, it doesn’t make sense to rid yourself of clothes.
Living in a materialistic society, I believe people don’t always appreciate the clothes they buy. Instagram encourages a throwaway lifestyle; one where you’re only as good as your last image. So, the idea of minimalism – owning what is meaningful, is refreshing. You don’t have to remove clothing to have minimalism, you just have to admire what you have. Whether that’s 20 garments or 50.If you want to spring clean or organise without getting rid of outfits, The Cut has published an article with ideas to make your closet tidy.
How do you feel about a minimalist wardrobe? Do you find you have too many clothes in your closet, or not enough?