What did Marie Kondo say? Discard everything that doesn’t spark joy. Let’s be honest. How many of the countless items currently hanging in your closet spark joy when you open the closet doors in the morning? How many days a week do you say, “I have nothing to wear!”? And how many pieces have you maybe only worn once, but you don’t want to throw it out, because “just in case, I might need it tomorrow”? Minimalist wardrobe
Truth is, if you don’t absolutely need it today, it’s probably not one of the pieces that spark joy. You have to stand in front of those hangers in the morning, unable to decide what to wear, because you want to (no, need to) wear them all today.
“Buy less. Choose well. Make it last.” – Vivienne Westwood
How to curate a minimalist wardrobe
When you buy an item, try and think of how many outfits you can put together with your existing items and the one you’re considering buying. If it’s less than three, I’d say it’s not worth it. Also, consider whether it’s just another trend that’ll blow over in a month, or will it remain a classic in a few years.
We all know the saying “quality not quantity”. It’s basically the concept of minimalism summarised in three words. Rather spend a little more money on something that you know will pay off in the long run, than buying something cheap that’ll only last the season. (That being said, if it’s something that’s likely a flash trend, rather buy cheap and still focus on your basic essentials.)
Essential items for a minimalist wardrobe
Minimalism doesn’t necessarily mean you have to go monochrome; you can replace any of these items with the same item but of a different colour. However, monochrome items tend to be much more versatile than colourful or patterned items.
Shop the guide
1 OVERSIZED SINGLE-BUTTON BLAZER, ZARA, R1,599 | 2 LACE-TRIMMED CAMISOLE TOP, ZARA, R459 | 3 SLIP DRESS WITH STRAPS, ZARA, R579 | 4 ZW PREMIUM HIGH WAIST SKINNY LEAD GREY JEANS, ZARA, R679 | 5 SUEDE WIDER STILETTO PUMP – BEIGE, ALDO, R1499 | 6 NEON SLOGAN COTTON T-SHIRT, WOOLWORTHS, R 160 | 7 3 PACK CAMI BODYSUIT, SUPERBALIST, R349 | 8 FLATFORM ESPADRILLES, WOOLWORTHS, R 350
I challenge you: go through your wardrobe one evening this week, and see if you can eliminate some of those useless pieces of clothing that are just taking up space unnecessarily (this can also apply to any other aspect of your life), and fold them in a nice pile, put them in a bag, and donate them to your nearest hospice the next day. Or just give them to someone you know will get better use out of them.
Not only will your closet (and mind) feel less cluttered, but you will also have freed up space for new possibilities and the pieces that will really spark joy in the morning when you have to get dressed.
“An intentional wardrobe is thoughtfully assembled from a collection of timeless pieces that work seamlessly together, allowing you to easily create outfits you love from a small number of items.” – Unknown
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