Getting dressed in the morning used to always be incredibly stressful for me, I would stare at a closet full of clothes and think, I have nothing to wear. I realized that something must be wrong if I only feel like I have a few outfits in a closet full of clothing. This is when I started to really explore minimalism and how it could change this for me.
The idea around minimizing your wardrobe is personal for everyone. So the first thing you have to do is decide what your priorities are. Is it having a wardrobe that everything pairs well together, is it having lots of variety? Then you have to decide what types of outfits you like to wear, are you most confident in pants, or do you love dresses or skirts? The ultimate goal will be to fill your closet with only pieces you love and that make you feel good, unlike most fast fashion trends, the goal will be quality not quantity.
So now that you have decided what your goals are you can begin to assess what you want in your closet. So my goals were to have no maintenance outfits, I began to favor more neutral simple colors and cuts that would not go out of style. Personally as I am moving towards my career in teaching, I committed to only buying clothes that fit into my teacher appropriate wardrobe.
So I decided I wanted a few staple easy dresses as I love the comfort, ease and put togetherness of them. I didn't want tight uncomfortable items but rather easy pieces. I also knew I wanted to have easy jacket pieces I could throw on and layer, this meant cozy cardigans, and army green jackets. As well as limited number of shoes, that could be multipurpose.
Now you can evaluate what you have. Ask yourself, is it a staple item? does it make me feel good? When was the last time I wore it? does it need to be repaired and will I actually repair it?
What I have and what I need: What pieces do you need to buy to round out this wardrobe? I suggest buying quality timeless pieces when adding to your collection.
Things to remember!
1. Quality not quantity
2. What are your wardrobe goals, and lifestyle needs
3. Less is more
4. appreciate your basics