Minimalist wardrobes and capsule wardrobes are one of the hottest topics in minimalism. The problem I personally have with the discussions surrounding minimalist wardrobes is they tend to present the idea that there are rules and qualifications for what is and isn’t a minimalist wardrobe. Granted, if a wardrobe is average or to be expected, it’s not a minimalist wardrobe. However; much of the discussion surrounding minimalist wardrobes focus on strict limitations. How many items a wardrobe can have in total, how many shoes, what kind of shoes, how many shirts, how many accessories. Like I discussed in my blog post ‘Minimalism has no Rules’, all these ideas for guidelines are nothing more than ideas. They’re a great way to start thinking about minimizing your wardrobe, and you can follow them if you wish, but they’re not laws of the land.
In my opinion, the most important thing when it comes to minimalism is to make it your own. In this post, I’m going to discuss my minimalist wardrobe with explanations of my decisions.
The first thing you’ll notice about my wardrobe is the color scheme. Pink, pink, some flowers, and more pink. Why is this? The answer is very simple: It is my favorite color, and floral is my favorite pattern.
But.. that’s not minimalist, is it?
Wardrobes with a monotone color scheme and minimal patterns are the norm in minimalism, but as I have discussed – there’s not a right or wrong way to be a minimalist as long as you live by the ideas surrounding minimalism. For me, a minimalist wardrobe means only the clothes you need and love (loving what you own is incredibly important as I talked about in my ‘4 Easy Steps to Become a Minimalist’ post) and I love pink, floral clothes. I also don’t keep clothing items around that ‘I may need’ in the future – this prevents clutter.
I have 31 items total in my wardrobe for all seasons (this does not include lounge clothes, tank tops or underwear, socks, shoes or accessories – though I only have a handful of accessories and 3 pairs of shoes). A large majority of my clothes are also old and/or second hand.
The list includes:
8 short sleeved tops
The reason why I have so many short sleeved tops in comparison to other items is because of how versatile they are. They can be worn year-round (with the addition of a coat) and a lot of the ones I have can be dressed up or down, making a comfortable shirt appropriate for any occasion.
2 medium sleeved tops
These are a little bit dressier than most of the t-shirts but are just as comfortable. They’re also good for in-between weather when it is not too hot or cold and can be matched with shorts or pants appropriately.
3 long sleeved tops, 3 sweaters, 1 cardigan
For winter I have a wide range available for layering. I don’t need as many warmer tops for winter since shorter sleeved shorts can still be worn under a jacket – but I LOVE cold weather fashion.
Similar to the ¾ sleeve tops, a little bit dressier but still comfortable. These can be worn year-round with the addition of tights and a jacket or my cardigan which is why I only have short sleeved dresses.
This is one of my favorite items of all time, it’s gotten so much use! One of the most important things in a minimalist wardrobe is having items that last a long time and get a lot of wear. It is from when I still shopped at Forever 21 (I do not anymore) and has lived for a number of years. I wear this when I want to wear something extremely simple, versatile, but looks nice.
4 pairs of shorts
I would like to add a pair of jean shorts and some overall shorts to this collection since warm weather is the most active kind of weather for me – but until I find the right ones these shorts are plenty for me. Focusing on tops means just plainly colored shorts can be used in numerous different outfits.
3 pairs of pants
I really only need sweatpants, light jeans, and dark jeans (which are actually jeggings – sue me) to make all the outfits I want in colder weather. The sweatpants also go camping and are great for errand running.
These look a little bit different from the rest of my wardrobe because they were all given to me by my grandmother. The Disney one is not vintage, but the other two are super vintage. The light blue is a really light weight jacket, the green is a windbreaker with insulation, and the Disney is a thicker soft fabric. These can be layered in the winter, so I don’t need a bigger jacket.
I also have a single drawer of lounge clothes which are what I wear most of the time. The clothes pictured and discussed above are only for leaving the house. I’ve found that fully separating my lounge clothes with my actual wardrobe has helped immensely in my goal to have a minimalistic wardrobe. This prevents my clothes for going out and about from becoming worn out, damaged, or dirty (for the most part, of course).
When I no longer like an item or it becomes damaged I repurpose or give it to a friend or donate it to a local donation drive, and look for a replacement that fits my needs and style. This is primarily done through thrift shopping to prevent clothing waste as much as possible as well as save money (also – thrift store clothes are more unique!). This is a huge part of having a minimalist wardrobe in my opinion. Being mindful about your clothing choices, avoiding fast fashion, decreasing clothing waste, and not keeping items that no longer bring you joy. If all the items in your wardrobe are thought out and get usage, then you have a minimalist wardrobe! Alas, it’s really easy to get consumed in fashion and end up with countless items that are unworn.
As you can see, my idea of a minimalist wardrobe is different from many other people’s. Could I minimize more? Probably. Could I get usage out of more clothing items? Probably. The thing is that this amount of clothes, these kinds of clothes, work for me and I have exactly the right amount. If I decide I want to downsize or add more, I can later when the want or need arises. Having a minimalistic view of life when you love clothing and style can be very difficult which is why it needs to be personalized to suit your own wants and needs. What works for me might not work for others & vice versa; someone may have more or less items than me, but as long as we both continue to follow the idea of minimalists, neither of us are doing minimalism ‘wrong’.